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Old 2nd Oct 2016, 11:13
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Custom Logbooks?

Hi All,
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I have a question for those of you out there not happy with the design of your logbooks, can you get a custom one?
It's not that I'm unhappy with mine at all, just to be honest, it's a tad boring. When looking online, there's nothing other than the standard navy blue or black "Pilot's Flying Logbook" and I wanted to look for a slightly nicer one.

I suppose you could class it as a some-what 'legal' document, but with that in mind i'm not looking for a different page design or layout, just the front cover.

If anyone's got any info, i'd appreciate it!

Tom.
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Old 2nd Oct 2016, 12:20
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Some years ago I used to keep a log book for Margaret Thatcher, for her flights on the VC10. We purchased the book from Harrods and used a calligrapher to fill it in. When the book was full, we could not afford to buy another, so she had to go!
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Old 2nd Oct 2016, 13:44
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@T/S: have you checked the legal requirements for logbooks? But if it is only the outside looks that bore you, there are a multitude of self-adhesive cover foils available. Avoid pink girly designs, though, you can never know who you get for a ramp check.

@Whopity: ROTFL!
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Can't find much on the legal side of things. Might just whack a triple seven sticker on the back!

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Old 2nd Oct 2016, 21:25
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Evening Speedbird.

If you don't like the internals of your logbook, designing stickers on your PC, printing them out and sticking them to your headings works well. I do this with an old, but much loved, Pooleys commercial logbook, which has a Pooleys supplied leather cover on it.

Not a pilot logbook, but I designed a non-aviation personal records book a few years ago for the use of my family - I designed the cover, the contents, everything - uploaded it, and just pay per copy for myself and anybody who wants one. I used a service called Lulu

www.lulu.com

I think that, so long as you can live happily within their book sizes, and don't mind putting the effort in - it'll do exactly what you want. My hardback medical records book is excellent quality, exactly what I wanted, and costs me about 20/copy if I choose to order them. You can also make it available, should you wish, for anybody else who wants to buy one directly - even put it up on Amazon.

If you don't like Lulu's book sizes, then although I've not tried them, I believe that other competing services exist who presumably may have different formats available.

There's also this, which looks stunning online, although I've never seen one in the flesh

http://www.leatherpilotlogbook.com/

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As one who does not fly multi or instrument or night or anything other than single, day VFR the standard format is such a waste and an irritation so I do like the options of that leatherpilotlogbook option, but "10 year summery"? For 80 bucks I'd want better than that.
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"10 year summery"?


Hope it's not followed by a 10 year wintery.
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Old 3rd Oct 2016, 15:39
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Their spelling, not mine!
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Old 3rd Oct 2016, 16:45
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I've got one of the leatherpilotlogbook ones, I can't remember where I got it from, had it for years, though.

It is a thing of beauty and, at the rate I've been going, I only need to keep flying for another 143 years to fill it.
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Cheers guys, appreciate the help!
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Just enjoy your flying and don't get hung up about things that don't matter. life is too short
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It is what is on the inside that matters!
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Old 28th Oct 2016, 15:45
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When I started flying I was encouraged by my instructor to buy a rather nice leather logbook cover. Black (deep navy blue and maroon I recall were also available), it was well made and tastefully embossed with 'Personal Flying Logbook' or similar on the front cover and inset in light, subtle smallish font gold type. I liked it. My current logbook is the UK CAP407 type for which I've not seen a similar cover (not that I'm looking). Those I have noticed for the larger commercial sized logbooks appear to have a big set of gold wings and pilot logbook in big F/O letters on the front a bit like those gash licence covers you can get - presumably so an innocent punter doesn't pick it up off the clubhouse bar thinking it's a menu? I knew someone who used to cover their logbooks with expired laminated charts cut to size (but he was ex-public school).
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For a long time I am printing my customized logbook pages at home and let the local bookbinder do his gorgeous job.
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