A: capzlog.aero is an online web service that simplifies, secures and enhances flight time recording according to EASA FCL.050 for captains and airmans mainly across Europe. It backs up, calculates, validates and processes flight data in a fast and secure way to enable quick access to any relevant information through graphical and aviational interfaces. capzlog.aero speeds up interaction with authorities (through automatic creation of official docs) and prepares the required steps with those to get beyond manual paper logbooks.
Q: What are the benefits of using capzlog.aero?
The following features are available to improve your log experience:
Specifically designed for European Pilots: Adhering to EASA and FOCA (Swiss Federal Office for Civil Aviation) regulatory frameworks
Control, navigate and export your flight data exactly as in your physical book, including remarks, page and grand totals & much more
Swiss Made software developed by pilots for pilots
See your currency at one glance: PAX, Night, Instrument & more for your different ratings including renewal information
Create automatically filled-in forms for revalidation of class ratings (Currently FOCA, more european countries to be supported soon)
Strong data protection on high quality infrastructure in Zurich, Switzerland
Customize your data for immediate access to relevant experiences such as PIC time by aircraft registrations, Landings in last 90 days or any other criteria you can think of
Our data bases support more than 150 thousand aircrafts and 7 thousand airfields world wide
Filter and export flights by any criteria: times, durations, landings, aircrafts, remarks & many more
Monitor your licenses, medicals and ratings as well as airfield accreditations or membership expirations and configure email reminders
Automatic calculation of day and night time from route data
Unlimited and outstanding charts, graphs and plots, fully configurable
Platform independent, accessible from all devices from all around the world
User-driven development: Get involved and control what features are to be introduced
Q: What data does capzlog.aero support?
Any relevant information required or proposed by EASA and FAA is supported and can be quickly and easily entered in just four steps:
Registration, model, engine type and manufacturer from more than 150k entries strong aircraft database
Route info: airfields, countries from more than 7k entries strong airfield database
Takeoffs, landings, block/airborne times, route sectors & much more
Flight Type and Operational Conditions(VFR, IFR, Y, Z & many more)
Day and night time automatically computed from basic route data
Pilot functions (PIC, Dual, Copi, Instructor) and pilot modes (SP, MP)
The flight entry wizard remembers your choices and draws from actual data bases for aircrafts and airports.
Q: How are my flights listed and can I edit/change them?
All flights are available in table form and can be filtered by any criteria. To edit a flight, directly click on it in the table.
Alternatively, directly display your flights in a logbook format.
Q: Can I see my flights in logbook format?
A: Of course, even more:
there are different predefined logbook formats available, such as the Swiss Blue FOCA (BAZL) pilot logbook or the well-known
Jeppesen European FCL.050. It is also possible to create a custom design and display your data exactly as you want. Additionally, you
can export your flights in these formats to pdf. With this feature, you can even change between logbook formats.
Q: Can I see directly if I am current to fly?
Your home shows your currency for each class rating: alone or with passengers, at night or IFR. Keeping track of your currency has never been easier! On top of that you get immediate info about what is still needed to renew your ratings.
At the moment curreny focuses on SEP and MEP airplane pilots but it will soon be expanded to cover other ratings as well.
Q: How do I maintain my licenses and medicals?
Fill in the (class) ratings, proficiencies and medicals directly into the form. Get informed about expirations and required actions for renewal.
Q: What is all this fuss about statistics and charts?
Let's be honest: flying is not just a thing you do, it's passion! And you want to know what you have done, what airplanes you have flown, how much, which one you have most experience as PIC in and so on. The questions are countless and with capzlog.aero you can answer a lot of them:
Charts and histos. The jewel of statistics in capzlog.aero they can show you everything about your flights, landings and sectors! Group them by any feature you like, from aircraft to pilot function to flight rules. Compare with previous periods or based on months and days. The possibilities are countless!
You can also see the underlying data in table form or print it as well as the charts.
Q: Is there a free trial?
When signing up you will automatically get a free premium subscription for 3 months to explore the tool
and its features. If you need more time, feel free to contact us for a longer free trial. Consider capzlog.aero also to digitalize your existing paper logbooks.
Q: I am using the older dektop version of the tool, but I want to switch to the fancy web version now. What to do?
If you have been using the desktop version of capzlog.aero, named Pilot eLogbook, we can import your data in the new web version. Just send us the e-mail address you subscribed with and the two files 'Pilot_eLogbook.mdf' and 'Pilot_eLogbook_log.ldf' from the folder 'Database' of the desktop edition. Feel anyway free to contact us for further assistance.
Q: My data is already in electronic format but I want to use the capzlog.aero. Do I have to enter my flight data again?
No, you don't have to enter your data again. Just contact us with some details about the format you have your flight data in and we will assist you in importing it into capzlog.aero.
Q: I am using a paper logbook and do not yet have the data in electronic format. How can I digitalize the data?
If you have only a couple of dozens of flights you can enter them manually. However, we have good experience and modern software to
import large amounts of flight data from paper logbooks and custom excel sheets. So if you have a lot of flights in your written logbooks you may
be interested in our Flight Digitalization Service.
Q: May I bring in my own ideas and wishes for future functionality?
Yes, absolutely. Contact us to become part of our testing team and receive access to all premium features. What we are asking in return is your feedback about what we can improve in order to make capzlog.aero even better.
Q: Why does the application want to know my location?
Its only used to offer you airports nearby when entering a flight. If you are in the habit of entering your flight information immediately after the flight this feature is very useful as you can just choose the arrival airport from the top of the list.
Q: Why do I need to provide my personal information like name, date of birth, license number, etc.?
This information is needed in order to be able to complete official forms which require it. If you don't enter this information, the application will still work but you will have to enter it manually on the official forms generated by the application.
All time calculations are based on block time, so this is the information which is always required and used. If you, however, want to have more details and more control over your flights you can log these additional pieces of data:
Airborne time (default: false): track also your time in the air. In addition to having the information and statistics, this may be important if you want to verify invoices from your club which are based on airborne time. Note that all statistics and data about airborne time are only shown if this option is turned on.
Aircraft counter (default: false): log also the counter of the aircraft you fly. This may be important if you want to verify invoices from your club which are based on airborne time or if the aircraft holder requires the data e.g. for maintenance reasons.
Takeoffs (default: false): in addition to landings you can track and see statistics for takeoffs as well, which are part of some logbooks like the Jeppesen European FCL. 050.
Q: I've been using local time for all my flights and it works perfectly. Why do I have to use UTC with capzlog.aero?
UTC is the only way you can track flight time correctly between time zones. Granted, if you fly in only one time zone, e.g. central Europe with CET, you can use local time without any problem. But once you cross a time zone line, this will not be the case any more. This is why capzlog.aero uses UTC to store all data. You can still enter the flights in local time when they are in your time zone but we urge you to get into the habit of using UTC and it will be a great feature for that trip to another country you have been planning.
Q: When I download a PDF document on my iPhone or iPad (e.g. FOCA official forms), the fields are empty.
The default iPhone and iPad viewer as well as some other apps (e.g. iBooks or GoodReader) do not support PDF forms. In order to see the document correctly you can use the "Copy to" / "Open in" feature to open the PDF form in Acrobat Reader for iPhone or iPad and view the filled form data. Another option is to send the file to yourself using email and open it in the email PDF viewer which will show it correctly.
Q: When I download a PDF document in Chrome for iPhone or iPad and try to open it to another app (e.g. iBooks or GoodReader) I receive an error.
The "open in" feature in Chrome is implemented in a way which does not allow this operation to complete correctly. You can use Safari or send the file to yourself by email.
Technical explanation: Chrome only sends a URL to the app you want to open the file in and not the file itself. The app then tries to contact the server and request the PDF file again. However, the app is not authorized to use your data (although Chrome is because you logged in there) and the website rejects the request. So the website sends a login page to the app instead of the PDF file and the app cannot open it.
Q: Is there a mobile app? Does it use the same data?
We are currently planning the development of mobile apps for iOS and Android. They will use the same login and same data, i.e. it will not matter which interface you use, you will always see the same data.