Navigation Flight Log (v1.1)
There's a large choice of Navigation Flight Logs for you to use that come in various shapes and sizes.
In fact, you may even have crafted your own.
Navigation is a hot topic, with a renewed emphasis currently being placed on both the instruction and implementation of this
subject due to continuing controlled airspace infringements and poor radio communication skills.
Here at Easy PPL, over the years we have developed our own Navigation Log to take Human Performance and
Limitations, Airspace infringements and Radio Communications into account.
Our Navigation Log has not only stood the test of time, but has been developed from over 30 years of experience - being tweaked
and refined to the point where now, we are confident it's the best on the market.
Features unique to the Colour Easy PPL Navigation Flight Log:
- Help prevent airspace infringement
- Prompt for correct navigation planning
- Plan and manage fuel more easily
- Layout helps prevent in-flight errors
- Better organisation of in-flight clearances
- Allows instructors to teach successfully
- EASA AIR OPS PART-NCO ready
To obtain more information, click on one of the headings below, or to expand/collapse all headings, click
- Supports both standard and narrow A5 kneeboards
Unique design ensures in-flight writing only on the
right hand side of the log. This allows the left hand side to over-hang the kneeboard if required without interference. Additionally,
if required, the "Info & Clearances" section can be folded under either permanently, or to reveal a clean "Info & Clearances"
section beneath as a continuation of writing space whilst retaining the original Navigation Flight Log data.
- Uniquely prompts for Minimum, Navigation, and Maximum Altitudes for each leg (to avoid vertical airspace busts)
No other navigation log prompts and allows space for three altitudes/levels during planning. Using this "best
practice" approach ensures the flight takes place between the levels specified. Additional guidance on how to select the
best "Minimum Altitude" (MIN) is detailed on our Best Practice Navigation Planning page.
- Navigation calculations are kept separate from in-flight log space
Other navigation logs have the navigation calculations contained on a single line along with the required Heading
that is to be used in flight. This can lead to a simple human error in selecting the wrong information as the Heading to fly. By
containing the navigation calculations separately, this error is simply not possible when using our Navigation Log.
- Important (and often ignored) navigation references are implemented in the log as a reminder of the need to take these into consideration
This feature is also tied in with the requirement that a navigation log needs to support all of the required elements
to enable an instructor to successfully teach all of these aspects. Our Navigation Log prompts for calculations and references that other logs
often ignore, such as True Air Speed (TAS), Freezing Level, Sunset, Deviation, Set Course time.
- Pro-forma Fuel Plan and unique way of managing fuel (by time remaining)
Fuel planning is vital, and yet most navigation logs don't provide enough guidance. The dedicated "Fuel Plan"
section prompts for correct fuel planning, now part of the legal requirements even for private flights (EASA AIR OPERATIONS PART-NCO).
In addition, the unique "Fuel Management" section of the Navigation Log assures that endurance information can easily be gained directly
without the need for further calculations. More guidance on this aspect is contained in the
Navigation Flight Log User Guide (below on this page).
- Emergency Transponder and Radio (R/T) reminder prompts
Reminders on the content of initial and subsequent radio communication calls, plus position reports. Also
includes mnemonic Mayday/Pan content plus transponder codes to use.
- Pre-flight plan space for Communication and Navigation frequencies
Ample space at the pre-flight planning stage to document communication and navigation aid frequencies.
- Designed for chronological in-flight information & clearances
Info & Clearances space is confined to a column that forces chronological writing order. This alleviates erroneously
extracting old information such as pressure settings, squawks and clearances. Additionally, by being placed on the right hand side of the flight log,
it facilitates folding the column beneath the current page to expose a fresh blank column on a further flight log sheet as a continuation sheet.
- Colour coding used to assist in section separation
The use of colour helps compartmentalise the flight log to aid planning and in-flight activities. Section separators (yellow),
Reference and reminders (grey), Heading to fly (blue) and Divert Planning (pink). The Easy PPL Navigation Flight Log is the only
flight log to use colour. At no extra cost.
- Conforms to the Journey Log requirements of EASA PART-NCO
The introduction of Part-NCO includes specific requirements of a Journey Log. This Navigation Log has
specifically been designed to encompass all of the necessary requirements.
This section explains how to user your Easy PPL Navigation Flight Log. We strongly recommend you also read the
Navigation Planning page
to help ensure you have performed your pre-flight planning to the current best practices.
- Document legs to be flown in the NAVIGATION FLIGHT PLAN section, including distance
DIS , minimum altitude MIN ,
navigation altitude you will fly NAV , and maximum altitude MAX
before infringing controlled airspace.
- Document indicated airspeed IAS: and temperature oC: for the
NAV altitude to enable calculation of Pressure Altitude PRESS ALT: and true
airspeed TAS: .
- Document freezing level/altitude 0oC FL: and Sunset time SS .
- Document track TR T for each leg in the NAVIGATION CALCULATION
section. Note this section is split into two columns of 7 boxes to
provide calculations for the 6 legs in the NAVIGATION FLIGHT PLAN . Pink boxes should be
used for the diversion leg.
- Complete NAVIGATION CALCULATIONS section using wind vector W/V to
give true heading
HDG T . Use magnetic variation
V to give magnetic
heading HDG M . Apply compass deviation D to give compass
heading HDG C . The ground speed calculated as part of this
process should be entered into the relevant GS box for each leg under
the NAVIGATION FLIGHT PLAN section. Max Drift should be calculated and entered into MAX DRIFT .
- Transfer the NAVIGATION CALCULATIONS compass headings HDG C
to the respective
blue HDG C boxes under the
NAVIGATION FLIGHT PLAN section.
(The diversion HDG C is coloured pink).
- Under the NAVIGATION FLIGHT PLAN section, calculate the time
TIME according to
distance DIS and ground
speed GS for each leg.
- Complete the FUEL PLAN section based on fuel flow FF ,
route time Route ,
contingency 5% ,
divert Divert , and reserve Res
[EASA OPS PART-NCO for private flights suggests a 30 minute reserve by day, 45 minutes by night]. Departure, climb, descent and arrival fuel
Dep/Climb/Desc/Arr should be taken into account (typically 15 minutes of fuel at cruise consumption). Calculate total
required Total Required
and amount carried On Board . Grey arrows help determine the direction of calculations required.
- Based on the amount of fuel carried On Board , complete the
Time Remain Left/Right Tank:
boxes to show the amount of endurance time provided by each tank.
- Document the required communication and navigation frequencies in the COMMUNICATIONS AND NAVIGATION FREQUENCIES section. The R/T section reminds you of the format of calls. Bold items are "initial" call content. In addition, the RADIO section at the top left of the log reminds you of emergency calls, including the content of a Mayday; Station, Callsign, Type, Emergency, Action, Position, Altitude, Heading, Qualifications, Information (e.g. POB).
- In flight, complete the FLIGHT INFORMATION
Brakes Off: and
Set Course: boxes as
appropriate. Complete the first NAVIGATION FLIGHT PLAN
estimated time of arrival ETA for the first leg. On reaching the first leg destination complete the
actual time of arrival box ATA and populate
the next leg ETA .
- Manage fuel by time. After 30 minutes, change tanks, reduce time remaining in the FUEL MANAGEMENT
Time Remain Left/Right Tank:
boxes by 30 minutes
(e.g. Original figure was 02:00 (hh:mm), cross this out and write 01:30). Endurance is found by adding together the times in the
Time Remain Left/Right Tank: boxes.
- At the end of flight, complete FLIGHT INFORMATION
Brakes On: box.
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Cover and single sample flight log sheet. Actual pad consists of cover and 50 tear-off A5 pages.
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