MyFlightbook Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some commonly asked questions about MyFlightbook. Contact us if your question is not answered here.

General

Can I bulk edit my flights?
Excel download isn't displaying dates correctly
Excel refresh isn't working
How can I get more HH:MM columns in the CSV download?
How can I print my logbook?
How do you decide what to add as flight properties?
How do you make money with MyFlightbook if it's free?

Getting Started

Are there any tutorials for using MyFlightbook?
Can I bulk import telemetry (GPX, KML, etc.) to my flights?
I have lots of hours - is there an easy way to import them into MyFlightbook?
I have lots of hours on paper, is there an easy way to set my starting totals?
I imported my flights twice and now I have two copies of each flight.
I tried to import a spreadsheet but it tells me I have no "Date" column
Important tips for easy flight import.

Accounts

How can I delete my account?
Why do I need an account?

Aircraft

How can I delete or update an aircraft?
How do I handle amphibs and planes that are part time on floats?
I added an aircraft, but it changed the model I specified. Why?
I fly lots of aircraft that are the same model (e.g., an airline pilot).
I have too many aircraft in my list - can I remove aircraft I no longer fly?

Airports and Mapping

How do I include a VOR/NDB/etc. in my route of flight?
How do I log airports?
My airport isn't in your database

Developers

Can my website or app work with MyFlightbook?
I'm a developer - is there any way to help?

General

Can I merge flights?
How do I change the date format?

Logging Time

Does MyFlightbook track duty time per FAR 117?
How can I log CFI or SIC Time?
How can I log high-performance/tailwheel/turbine/complex time?
How can I record a combination property?
How can I record my multi-engine (or helicopter or other) checkride?
How can I record Solo Cross-Country, Dual Cross-Country, or PIC-Cross-Country?
How do I log ground training/instruction when I didn't fly?
How do I log simulator time (ATD/FTD/Simulator)?
How should I log cross-country time
My simulator time is being included in my totals (or SEL/MEL time). Why?
Why am I seeing my Seneca time contribute to high-performance totals?
Why aren't my landings or takeoffs counting towards my currency?

Mobile Apps

Can I use the mobile app off-line?
How do I update or delete an aircraft?
My app isn't detecting takeoffs/landings - why not?
Troubleshooting Android
Why is the landing count wrong?

The MyFlightbook mobile app can auto-detect take-offs and landings. It does this strictly by speed. When you exceed a particular speed (which you can set), that's a take-off. When you fall below a slightly lower speed (usually 10-15kts less than the take-off speed), that's a landing. When this happens, the nearest airport is appended to your route of flight and the landing count is incremented.

It works pretty well, but not perfectly, as it is possible to see GPS samples that include a bogus speed value. The app does filter samples to try to minimize this, but this is a tricky tuning problem, for three reasons:

  • It tries to determine landings in real-time, as GPS samples arrive. It cannot know if the current GPS sample is the last one it will receive. So, for example, if it sees a GPS sample with a 40kt speed after a sequence of 70kt speeds, it cannot know if the next sample will be 70kts (indicating a likely spurious speed), 20kts (indicating a true landing), or if there will be no more samples.
  • The app tries to catch both full-stop and touch-and-go landings. Aggressive filtering, which can reduce spurious landings, will also filter out touch-and-go landings.
  • The self-reported accuracy of each GPS sample is often better for the position than it is for the speed.

I've found the following affect the accuracy of the landing counts:

  • Adjust the takeoff/landing speeds (on iPhone/iPad, this is in the Settings app, under MyFlightbook; on other platforms, it is in-app). Picking a low speed for this will reject more bogus in-flight landings, but at the cost of likely missing touch-and-go landings. Depending on the typical flight you do, this may make sense.
  • Give the iPhone/iPad good view of the sky. Sitting on the dash will typically do much better than in your pocket or on your lap, if that is an option
  • When you switch apps, the GPS can turn off and on, which can increase the bogus samples. MyFlightbook throws away the first few samples after it wakes up for this reason, but despite this, less app switching gives better sample data.

Tips & Tricks

Formatting your comments.
I have multiple flights on the same day, but they're not sorted correctly
Mobile Apps - Data Entry
Website

Training

Can my instructor endorse my logbook?
Can my instructor sign a flight?
Will the FAA accept signatures on MyFlightbook?

 
 
 
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