Logbook System is an electronic logbook that can be used to
record everything - and more - that you would normally record in your
paper log book but has the added advantage of being able to sort
and summarize the information recorded.
It is designed to accommodate flights for both fixed wing aircraft and
To use the Logbook
System system you must install the Oracle JavaTM
sometimes referred to as the Java Run Time Environment (JRE). Most PCs
today come with Java installed. To
actually run the installation and the Logbook System
1.6 or better but if you have an older version of Java, the
installation will automatically fetch and install the latest version
of Java when you run it.
If you don't have any version
of Java (how do you run the ADDS forecast
icing potential tool before you go flying?) then you can download the
version from the Oracle web site
at http://www.java.com. See The Essentials for more
on determining the version of Java that you have and where to get Java.
Once you have Java on your system, click here to install the
The only thing you need to do is specify a directory where you want the
system installed. If the directory you specify does not exist
it will be created.
Once you've installed the system it will display the End User
License Agreement which you must accept to continue. Once you have
accepted the license the system will open the normal
log in form for you to log in. The initial password is password
but you should change this to something else after you first log in.
When the system is started it will attempt to create shortcuts for
you on your desktop and in your start menu (this works on most if not
platforms, it works in Windows, Solaris, Linux - at least Fedora and
Ubuntu - and I haven't
tried on a Mac yet).
Using the System
Once the system is running press the F1 key for Help. You can use this
on-line help as soon as the normal log in form is displayed, you do not
need to be logged in first.
The Java installation includes Java Web Start. Once you have the
system installed and running see the on-line help for information on
Java Web Start.
See The Essentials for information on
backing up your data. Once you have the system installed and running
see the on-line help for more information.
A list of recent updates is now available.
Updates are automatically installed when you launch the system.
Enhancements to the system may include new controls (buttons, labels,
etc.). The text that appears on screen and in the tooltip text for
controls is customized by entries in the LogBookMessages.properties
file. Because you can change this file to customize the wording of your
system it is not touched when the software is automatically updated.
This means the new controls will not have entries in this file so when
the updated software discovers a control for which there is no entry in
file it will add a default entry at the end of the file. You can then
customize it as you see fit - see the Customizing section of the
The Android version of the Logbook System is essentially the same
system running on Android. While each system runs quite happily on its
own the two can be used together by "synchronizing" the system on the
PC with the system on the Android device. For example, if you have
started to use the PC system available here and subsequently start to
use the Android based system on your phone you can populate the empty
database on the phone by syncing it with the PC system. Conversely if
you take your phone with you on a trip and leave your PC system at home
you can keep your logbook up to date on your phone as you travel. When
you return home you can bring your PC system up to date by syncing it
with the phone. You can
actually do this while on the road but it's a tad more involved. This
is explained in the on-line help for this system.
The Android version of the system is available on the Android Market;
look for JCST Pilot Logbook.
The Logbook System is free software: you can redistribute it and/or
modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as
published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the
License, or (at your option) any later version.
The Logbook System is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU
General Public License for more details.
You will be required to accept the terms of the license before you can
use the system.
A copy of the GNU General Public License is here.
The source code for both systems is available at http://www.jcst.com/logbook/source.
Prepared: March 7, 2007
Modified June 22,
Johnson Computer Software Team Limited. 2007, 2011
Contact the author at firstname.lastname@example.org