Navigation Flight Log

 

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

Features Explained

  • 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.
 

User Guide

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Document indicated airspeed  IAS:  and temperature  oC:  for the  NAV  altitude to enable calculation of Pressure Altitude  PALT:  and true airspeed  TAS: . Density Altitude  DALT:  can be calculated and used for performance.
  4. Document freezing level/altitude  0oC FL:  and Sunset time  SS .
  5. 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.
  6. 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).
  7. Under the  NAVIGATION FLIGHT PLAN  section, calculate the time  TIME  according to distance  DIS  and ground speed  GS  for each leg.
  8. 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.
  9. Based on the amount of fuel carried  On Board , complete the  FUEL MANAGEMENT   Time Remain Left/Right  Tank:  boxes to show the amount of endurance time provided by each tank.
  10. 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).
  11. 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 .
  12. 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.
  13. At the end of flight, complete  FLIGHT INFORMATION   Brakes On:  box.
 

Download Sample

Click To View

Download sample Easy PPL Navigation Flight Log

Cover and single sample flight log sheet. Actual pad consists of cover and 50 tear-off A5 pages.

 
 

Buy Navigation Flight Logs

To buy pads of Easy PPL Navigation Flight Logs, go to our Easy PPL On-Line Shop.