What is the best digital log book for pilots?

If you are wondering what the best digital log book for pilots is, you are probably not alone as someone named Chris Carlson recently asked the same question on the Ask a Flight Instructor forum:

Is anybody aware of a good iPad or PC based logbook program? I have created my own in excel, but am wanting something that can connect to an iPad, and hopefully be able to import my current excel logbook into it from the beginning.

A couple of pilots responded by suggesting LogTen with Kev Hughes noting that from what he sees, its by far the most expensive but its also the most user-friendly and “all around best product.” He added that if a pilot is looking for something that is seamless for both computers and the iPad, LogTen is the best choice.

Meanwhile, Gary Moore wrote that his personal favorite and the one he uses is Safelog by Dauntless Software. However, he did not elaborate any further as to why this is his favorite digital log book.

Someone with the user name Sidestickplayer suggested MCCpilot log as there is a free version while the enterprise edition goes for about $70 or so. There is also an iPad/iPhone app for it and you can import your data from excel.

Finally, Mark Kolber wrote that he is a big fan of cloud based solution MyFlightBook. com. Mark did caution that with any cloud-based solution, there is always the risk of something happening to the provider, but MyFlightBook.com mitigates the risk by providing the ability to download a syncable Excel spreadsheet in order to maintain your data locally plus they regularly update their product and there are both iOS and Android apps. Mark also noted he had 1,500 hours of flight time over the course of about 20 years to import from Excel and with some helpful assistance from the developer, the import went “surprisingly smooth.”

At the end of the thread, Chris thanked Mark for his MyFlightBook.com suggestion and he even wrote that myflightbook. com is “one of the best things I’ve even gotten for free!”

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10 Responses to What is the best digital log book for pilots?

  1. Excel Pilot Logbook May 18, 2015 at 06:13 #

    For those pilots that are looking for a solution that doesn’t involve the hassle of downloading software or using insecure online backups, checkout http://www.excelpilotlogbook.com – Pilot Logbook for Microsoft Excel. It allows you to keep records on your computer and easily view hour summaries, currency and limit at a glance. Very handy!

  2. Ken VeArd July 3, 2015 at 05:59 #

    I am the author of Pilot Partner (https://pilotpartner.net). I started this project back in 1997 but went pretty quite with it for the last 10-12 years. We are in the early process of making it available to the general public again in a cloud based solution. One of the cool things that Pilot Partner does is allows you to have your Electronic Pilot Logbook and an Online Pilot Blog all at once. You can choose which flights in your logbook you want to share online and it is done. No additional fees or hosting costs required.

    The ability to import your data is very important… That feature is next on my list to develop. Hopefully will have it ready before Oshkosh this year. Check it out and let me know what you think.


  3. Chris January 11, 2016 at 17:34 #

    mccPILOTLOG by far is the best solution i’ve found. Awesome support, great price and no subscription services. One time fee and the ENT version does all I need. Was a LogTen Pro user but abandoned them due the cost structure.

    I’m a mac user w/ android mobile entry. Flawless operation!

    • Alex January 14, 2016 at 13:18 #


      As mac user I’m considering to go mccPILOTLOG as well though the website states it is released under BETA for mac use. Anything noticable or hindering you about this?

    • Samuclem December 18, 2017 at 09:04 #

      Hello, i’m A logten pro user and they pissed me off when on iPhone I have now to buy the new version which requires annual fees which are extremely highly for what you do with a log book. I’m still able to use it on my old iPad and Mac but Donny know for how long. Sooner or later they will find a way to render my old log ten pro 6 unusable.
      What can I do with mcclogbook? Can I create smart groups to calculate hours in a specific way? Thanks…

  4. Raj January 13, 2017 at 18:32 #

    I can also endorse myflightbook.com works flawlessly for iPhone/ipad/desktop use. If you make a donation, they will also drop a daily copy (csv) in a dropbox. not for Pro pilots trying to track duty time 117 stuff etc, but for GA – fabulous. Quick currency summary, quick 8710 summary, able to slice by dates easily
    I have been using all this for free for the last 6 years.

  5. Jake February 9, 2017 at 13:36 #

    Log ATP seems like a new iPad app that launched not too long ago.


  6. Mark May 12, 2017 at 18:27 #

    I like myFLIGHTDATA.com.

  7. denzo June 7, 2017 at 20:33 #

    here is the new one flightlogger. specialized for helicopter and other vfr pilots

  8. Markus August 22, 2017 at 13:23 #

    I like the ROTAIR FlightLog app form https://flightmanagement.ch because it is available as iPhone / iPad, Android, Windows and web version (with reduced functionality). I use it at least once a week and love it :-)!

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