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Old 22nd Sep 2015, 10:00
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Lead Balloon
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
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You are the pilot in command of a hypothetical flight tomorrow. Let's assume that it's going to be like a lot of other flights you conduct.

You are obliged to maintain a personal logbook and enter a number of details in that logbook. Failure to do so is a strict liability offence punishable by a penalty of (at present) $9,000. (CASR 61.345)

One of the details you have to enter is your "flight time". When does your "flight time" commence and end, for the purposes of complying with your logbook obligation and avoiding commiting an offence? How long do you have after the flight to enter the details in your logbook? Please provide specific references to the applicable regulations to justify your answer.

You are also obliged to record the aircraft's time in service in the maintenance release or approved equivalent. Another offence and large fine for non-compliance. When does the aircraft's time in service start accruing, and end? Please provide specific references to the applicable regulations to justify your answer.

When are you able to give directions, as PIC, that are binding on persons on board that aircraft? Please provide specific references to the applicable regulations to justify your answer.

You decide, after this flight, to hang up the headsets and retire. A year later, while flipping through your logbook and reminiscing, you notice an error. Are you allowed to correct an error in your own logbook, a year after you've retired? Please provide specific references to the applicable regulations, including 61.355(2), to justify your answer.

Given that you can "go to the regs and associated documents right now and have clear answers about pretty much any damn thing associated with a given flight", I look forward to your answers, and showing where they are wrong.
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