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Old 07-04-2017, 11:51 AM   #1
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Anyone have any pro / con comments on "Kitlog Aircraft Builders Log" by Aircraft Extras or any other recommendations on using or not using this type of on-line electronic building log ?
Are they an asset at certification time ?
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Randy, give this a try
https://www.planelogix.com/sign-up

I know you are old school, so to speak, so why not just make notes in a spreadsheet? Smizo even used his 5 Acrosport threads on here as a builders log for his FAA inspector...

I know little about kit log pro, but i do know it seems to save your data locally, and that people have lost their log data because the hard drive wasn't backed up...


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I have no idea about how hard the FAA is on kit builders as regards the 51% rule. Maybe that log would work?

My limited experience is there are few if any issues with plans built. I kept a daily log on a legal pad and have continued it as a flying and/or work log on both airplanes.

With the Acroduster the FAA inspector at the MIDO asked for a couple photos(through my DAR) of random pages from my builders log before the inspection.

My DAR only glanced at the logs.

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I have Word files. They are full of notes to self and lessons learned. I use them for planning and "thinking aloud". They are intended to be a build aid as much as a build log. Plain truth is they are far too detailed as a build log and I will remove all the confessions and "evidence" from a version submitted to CAA.

The great advantage with using any electronic record keeping, and you should make sure kit log can do this for you, is being able to re-arrange the order of things and the fact that they are searchable. Paper record keeping just can't do that for you.

The big disadvantage is the ease of losing your work unless backed up and just keeping things organised (where did I put that syndrome). This will be a real challenge if you are just not used to filing and recording your work electronically.

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I'm using a simple program I put together that logs to a database, and I'll eventually write a companion program to output web pages so my build log will be on my website. The big advantage of that for me is that it's easily searchable, and because I've got everything categorized, I'll be able to look at just, say, the wing category and see what all I did there. Probably overkill, but I'm enjoying it.


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