The aircraft Types tab is used to add and manage all of the Types used by aircraft in the logbook. It is important that each Type is set up correctly to ensure accurate reporting. LogTen Pro cross-references data associated with each aircraft type to determine many different types of time.
To add a new aircraft, go to More > Types and tap the + in the upper right corner. Alternatively, you can arrive on the same page by tapping Aircraft Type in a new entry in the Logbook Tab.
Type the name of the Aircraft Type into the Type field. LogTen Pro comes with a large database of ICAO Type Designators that will automatically fill out the fields if selected. In the example below, all of the additional fields were automatically filled in after choosing BE9L for a King Air 90.
You are not limited to the ICAO designators. You can use any name for a Type you want. When you use your own Type name you must enter the Type fields manually. At a minimum, we recommend making sure the Category, Engine Type, and Class are entered.
Category, Engine Type, and Class
The Category, Engine Type, and Class must be completed correctly, for accurate reporting.
- Category = will be used to determine how time is reported in terms of aircraft category in a traditional sense (i.e. Airplane Multi-Engine Land), and also what type of simulator it is, if applicable. It is very important that if the Type is a simulator (or Training Device or PCATD) that it be indicated as such. Please refer to How Should I Log My Simulator/Training Device Time for more information on logging simulator time.
- Engine Type = is used on several different reports. Additionally, keep in mind that all of these fields can be used to create Smart Groups. Jet is often used on aircraft that would be traditionally thought of as Turbo-Fan when using ICAO Type Designators, as this is the nomenclature ICAO uses- not necessarily indicating a pure jet. Turbo-fan and Jet will show up in the Jet column of reports such as the Jeppesen Pro Pilot Log. Turbine is used as a catch-all, and a lot of flexibility is built in for users in different areas of the world. Choose an Engine Type that matches the Type of aircraft you are entering.
- Class = should be chosen based on the configuration of the aircraft. For example, if you are flying a C172 on floats, you can change this to Single-Engine Sea. The Class determines things such as multi-engine time, so it is important to be filled out correctly. See How do I see my time for MEL, SEL, High Performance, Tailwheel, etc.? for info on how Class can be used for Smart Groups. Also, if you fly a Rotorcraft you might also want to read Class: Helicopter?
These are optional fields that will not affect reporting. They are informational only. You can fill these in or leave them blank. Please note that you cannot have duplicate Types of the same name. For different Models of a single Type, you will need to create separate Types.
For example, the PA28-161 and the PA28-181 both fall under the same ICAO designator of P28A. Since you cannot have two P28A Types (each with different Model numbers of 161 & 181) you would need to make different Types for each Model. In this scenario, you would need to change the name of each Type to P28-161 and P28-181 (or anything you choose) in order to differentiate between the two models.
Other options can be chosen if applicable and desired.
- Multi-Pilot = choose this field if this is a type-rated aircraft that requires more than one pilot.
- Notes = use this field to record any applicable notes. This will sometimes be filled with additional information if a default ICAO Type Designator was used.
- Default = Check this box to have this aircraft type automatically populate in new logbook entries.
- Favorite = Check this box to keep this aircraft at the top of the pop-up list when filling in the Aircraft Type field in a new logbook entry. You can also use this to sort by favorites in the Aircraft Type Tab.
Additional information fields for Types are available, and the possibilities are endless with the ability to create your own custom fields.
To configure the fields, tap on the + in the upper-right corner, and then tap on Configure Fields.
Tap on Configure Section, and choose the fields you would like to be visible. Tap where it says Custom to change a custom field to a name you want.
- Engine Count = This can be filled out for Smart Group purposes. This does not replace Class.
- Hourly Pay Rate = This will be the Flight Rate for an entry in which that Type is used, even if there is an existing Flight Rate set in the Pay section. This could be used if you are paid differently in different Types.
- Canard = choose this if the wing configuration is canard, and you wish to track this kind of information
- Composite Airframe = choose this if the type is a composite, and you wish to track this kind of information
- Metal Airframe = choose this if the type is of traditional metal construction, and you wish to track this kind of information
- Custom = any information about the type can be recorded using 5 Custom text fields. To rename any of the custom fields just click on the title.
At the top of the screen, underneath the Type name, you will see a summary of time and flights in that Type. You can tap on the camera to the left to insert a picture.
All logbook entries associated with the Type are quickly accessible by tapping the field at the very bottom of the screen that lists how many flights have been made. Also, all aircraft that are designated this Type is quickly accessible by tapping the field at the very bottom of the screen that lists how many aircraft use the Type.
Tap on the + in the upper-right corner, and tap on Share in order to send this Aircraft Type to other LogTen Pro users. You can also tap on Delete to delete the Type.
Additional assistance with this or any other LogTen Pro issue is available here or by contacting support in the app by going to More > Help > Contact Support.