FCL.050 certified pilot logbooks

What does it mean for a digital pilot logbook to be FCL.050 certified?

A certified digital logbook meets the requirements of an official standard established and assessed by EASA. It must be accepted by national authorities as proof of experience.

The certification process must be carried out by an officially competent authority and in accordance with an established standard.

This required standard result from the consolidation of various regulations such as Part-FCL, Part-SPO, Part-NCO, Part-NCC, to name the most important.

An FCL.050 certified logbook can replace your paper logbook.

It is from a legal perspective equivalent to a classic paper logbook and may therefore be kept as a stand-alone record.

Is your logbook compliant? Get the checklist and find out

The trend in pilot logbooks is towards digitalization. Use our checklist to see if your current logbook is ready for the future. Or simply test capzlog.aero and become future-proof immediately.

Logbook Compliance Checklist

This checklist allows you to see how your current logbook format complies with legal requirements.

It works for sheets such as Excel, electronic tools, paper logbooks or extracts from your operator's system.

What are the benefits for a pilot to use a certified logbook?

An officially certified logbook provides legal validity and credibility, ensuring compliance and smooth license renewals.

Simplifies processes with insurance and minimizes potential problems or queries in the event of an incident, as insurance companies and investigators prefer the presence of official proof of flight experience.

It demonstrates professionalism, accountability, and adherence to regulatory standards, fostering trust.

An officially certified logbook follows a standardized format, reducing errors and ensuring consistency.

It helps to maintain organized records of flight experience for easy reference and verification.

Which regulations form the basis for this standard?

It is required by law to document and record the personal flight experience.

The rules, specifications and recommendations for this can be found in the following regulations:

Commission regulation (EU) No 1178/2011 (Air crew) incl. 2018/395 & 2018/1976

Commission regulation (EU) No 965/2012 (Air operations)

Included are any amendments, national attachments and assessed Alternative Means of Compliance (AltMoC).

Additionally, EASA has established and assessed a standard for digital pilot logbooks. It contains rules for granularity, modelling, safety, integrity and security of data.

The engine of the software platform which powers our products is officially audited against this EASA-assessed standard by the national authority of Switzerland, a member state.

What must a FCL.050 certified digital pilot logbook contain?

Here is an overview of the standard in short.

Basic requirements

Precise details of the regulations on how the data must be secured and stored in order to adequately protect it from data loss. It also specifies the generality of the entries across different aircraft categories and simulators.

Format of the record and supported values

Specifications for a structured data collection for electronic processing. Definition of the relevant data elements for the complete collection of data for the processing of license entries and endorsements in accordance with the above-mentioned regulations.

Integrity of the record

Specifications for automatic calculation as well as structured input options of aircraft registration, FSTDs and aerodromes. All data shall pass a rigorous plausibility, completeness and correctness validation on entry by the user; import from external sources e.g. files; and on saving in the data store.

Entry signatures

It must identify the logbook entries that require signatures and allow instructors, examiners, ATO, DTO, HoT, airports and other parties to sign records. It's important that the signatures cannot be manipulated by the user and that changes to the underlying data are prevented

Exports / print outs presented to the national authority or its representatives

Precise definition of the possibilities to export the entire experience of a pilot in a printable format for the evaluation of licenses and endorsements.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Is capzlog.aero the only certified logbook?

No. As of today (6/1/2023), there are two FCL.050 certified pilot logbooks worldwide. One is capzlog.aero and the other is the dLogbook provided by FOCA for Swiss licence holders.)

Can I easily transfer my data from another digital flight log into capzlog.aero?

Yes and no. We cannot give you a general answer to this question, as it is strongly dependent on the data quality. However, we will be happy to check your data and tell you what adjustments you need to make such that an import is possible. And from that moment on, you no longer have to worry about whether your data is correct or not.

Do I have to keep a logbook as professional air transport pilot?

Flights performed as part of commercial air transport may be recorded by the operator. However, the recording must meet the same requirements, and often companies do not pay much attention to this concern. However, since you are obliged to provide a clean record, it is worthwhile to keep a reliable, independent record yourself.