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Logbook Pro & APDL Newsletter Special Edition

Sporty's Pilot Shop gives APDL two thumbs up!

NC Software is proud to announce Airline Pilot's Daily Aviation Logbook passed all tests and was accepted for sale at the prestigious Sporty's Pilot Shop.  Maintaining high standards in products they sell and requiring high standards for quality and satisfaction in the products sold, Sporty's Pilot Shop has given the "go" for sales of NC Software's new Airline Pilot's Daily Aviation Logbook version 6 - the Premier FAR 121 Logbook Solution. 

Since acquiring Airline Pilot's Daily Aviation Logbook on June 1st, NC Software observed a tremendous spike in sales giving a positive indication the aviation community is happy to see the Logbook Pro and APDL products merge into NC Software's reputation of high-quality software backed by unrivaled customer service.  We are excited to serve the aviation community with the leading edge logbook technology arming each and every pilot with the best logbook solution available worldwide.  With continued record breaking sales of our electronic logbook solutions, we are seeing a great indicator that the aviation economy is rebounding.  We are excited to see the aviation community re-energized and hiring on the rise.

Visit Sporty's Pilot Shop and pickup both Logbook Pro and Airline Pilot's Daily Aviation Logbook today!  Hurry...only a few weeks left to have your purchase automatically enter you to win a Cessna aircraft and other great prizes.  As Sporty's now sells Logbook Pro version upgrades, bump up your licensed version such as Standard to Professional and get the full Logbook Pro feature set while entering to win the Sporty's Sweepstakes at the same time!  Good luck to all!

Airline Pilot's Daily Aviation Logbook awarded "PF's Choice" by recently reviewed the new Airline Pilot's Daily Aviation Logbook Version 6 Suite including PDA Software for both Palm and Pocket PC platforms, our free SingleSync conduit to sync APDL to Logbook Pro, and our free Airline Schedule Importer importing over 65 schedule formats. 

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We feel the excitement, we sense the paranoia, but hiring is on the rise and we are frequently getting e-mails about "how fast can you get me a MGOent. binder and paper?"  The MGOent. binder orders are continuing to rise and the elves at MGOent. are working as hard as they can to keep up!  If you armed yourself with Logbook Pro and are standing by for that no-notice job interview, or simply want to make your logbook shine, check out our MGOent. line of binder products and purchase yours today.  Here are two great product lines including accessories we recommend:

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We appreciate all of the great referrals to Logbook Pro and we want to make sure we are compensating you for your efforts.  At the top right of Logbook Pro is a menu item "Refer-a-Friend" which allows you to register for a referral "promotional" code.  Click this button and provide a few details (US customers only) and refer your friends, co-workers, crew mates, students, instructors, etc. about Logbook Pro or APDL.  Jot down your referral code and when they order have them enter the referral code on the last screen of the order process where the credit card numbers are entered.  They will see a "Promotional Code" box where they enter YOUR referral code and you will be paid $10.00 for each and every purchase, paid monthly.  It's that easy, just spread the word and in just a few referrals your Logbook Pro is paid off! Keep referring and pocket a few extra dollars to spend as you wish.

APDL and Timezones...

I have had a few questions lately regarding the Time Zone functions/settings of our program. Setting time zones up correctly can be a fairly simple task, but setting them up incorrectly will create a host of problems that will yield less than desirable results. It is very important to set up the different time zone functions correctly so that the many different internal calculations of our program will function correctly, enabling a more accurate "picture" of each situation unique to different pilot groups. Therefore I will attempt to “break it down” for you. The following is a discussion of the different time zone settings and functions. The discussion is broken down into two sections, Time Zone Settings Explained and Examples. At the end of the initial discussion section, you will find specific examples that should help you apply these settings more accurately to your specific situation. I hope you find it useful.

Time Zone Settings Explained

Daylight Saving Time begins for most of the United States at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday of April. Time reverts to standard time at 2 a.m. on the last Sunday of October. In the U.S., each time zone switches at a different time. In the European Union, Summer Time begins and ends at 1 am Universal Time (Greenwich Mean Time). It starts the last Sunday in March, and ends the last Sunday in October. In the EU, all time zones change at the same moment.

I have included this chart to help you figure out when DST Begins and ends:

United States

DST Begins
At 2:00 a.m. Local:
2003 April 6
2004 April 4
2005 April 3
2006 April 2
2007 April 1

DST Ends
At 2:00 a.m. Local:
2003 October 26
2004 October 31
2005 October 30
2006 October 29
2007 October 28

European Union

Summertime Period Begins
At 1:00 a.m. UT:
2003 March 30
2004 March 28
2005 March 27
2006 March 26
2007 March 25

Summertime Period Ends
At 1:00 a.m. UT:
2003 October 26
2004 October 31
2005 October 30
2006 October 29
2007 October 28

Sounds complex huh? It is. That is why our program has been designed so that once set up correctly, you will only have to make one (1) change to one (1) setting at the start and end of daylight savings time. That’s it! All you have to do is ensure that the initial time zone settings are correct. They will only have to be set up once, and never again. Our program will do the rest.


It is important to set up your user defined preferences correctly. These preferences are the settings that control look and feel of the program, as well as how it performs a myriad of internal calculations. These preferences are found by tapping on (Options)(Preferences). I will walk you through all of them that have an effect on Time Zones and a few that do not, yet are important.


Use Popup Lists? Although this setting will not affect time zone calculations or functions, I recommend setting this to “Yes”. It will make entering information and using the program in general, easier.

Use Datebook? Although this setting will not affect time zone calculations or functions, setting it to yes will enable your individual flights to be viewed in the Datebook program in your Palm device. After you have all of your time zone settings set up correctly, you will be able to view your trips in your Datebook correctly.

Airport Domicile? This setting is very important and must be set correctly. The default airport is LGA. You will need to enter the three letter identifier of your specific domicile airport. This setting is what the program will look at for per-diem, among other calculations.

YTD Starting Hours? Enter the hours you have accumulated since Jan 1 of the current year. Enter the value in aviation (1/10th) time. This allows the program an accurate picture of your cumulative yearly hours. It is important that this number be as correct as possible as it will affect different functions of the program such as FAR 121 flight time limitations.

End of duty offset? Enter your contractual duty off time from the last leg flown in minutes. This number is usually 15, (15 minutes), but depending on your specific airline contract, it may be more or less. This number is important for per diem calculations as well as the duty and rest requirement functions of the program.

(Options)(Preferences)(Timezone Settings)

Now we get to the meat and potatoes of Time Zone calculations…..

Domicile’s Time Zone? This setting should be set to your Domicile’s Time Zone for when daylight savings is NOT IN EFFECT. Once set, this setting will never need to be adjusted again, whether or not daylight savings is in effect.

Logbook Time Zone? WARNING: DO NOT CHANGE THE TIME ZONE ONCE YOU HAVE STARTED ENTERING INFORMATION. If you have already started entering information, leave this setting as is, even if it is wrong. Changing it after you have entered information will have adverse affects on internal time calculations.

The "Logbook Time Zone" is the time zone we store all your flight times in. The software needs a reference point, which is why we put the warning message up. If you have kept all your previous logbook data in UTC-6, for example, then I suggest leaving it set to UTC-6.

If you have not yet entered any data this setting should usually be set to your domiciles time zone for when daylight savings is NOT IN EFFECT. Once set, this setting will never need to be adjusted again, whether or not daylight savings is in effect.

Import Schedules in? This setting is company specific. Most users will find that their company prints their schedules in local time. Find out what time zone your company prints your schedule in and enter it accordingly.

Daylight Savings is in Effect This setting is probably the single most important setting when it comes to setting up your time zone information. It is the only setting that will need to be changed each April and October (See chart above for specific times & dates). Place a checkmark in the box when Daylight Savings is in Effect, and remove the checkmark when DST is no longer in effect.

(Options)(Airport Lists)

This is the section that you will edit, add, or delete airports in your programs airport data base. I have found that many users that have had problems with time zones and time computations, have either one or more airports set up incorrectly. Set up each airport carefully in order for your time computations to work correctly.

To add an airport simply tap the “Add” button on the (Airport Lists) page. When you do you will see a new page pop up titled “Add Airport”.

(Airport): The first line will be for the three letter identifier for the airport that you want to add. I.E. Atlanta = ATL.

(Conus) The second line is for the CONUS/OCONUS rate for this city. Visit to get the current rate. Enter it, if desired, in dollars and cents format. I.E. 2.50 = $2.50.

(Time Zone) - Select the appropriate time zone. This setting is VERY IMPORTANT. It should be set to the airports Time Zone for when daylight savings is NOT IN EFFECT. Once set, this setting will never need to be adjusted again, whether or not daylight savings is in effect.

(Apply Daylight Savings) – This checkbox is commonly misused. Place a check mark in the box if the airport you are adding complies with daylight savings time. Most airports do, but some do not. Important: Do NOT uncheck this box in April & October (U.S.) or March & October (EU). I.E. Leave it checked all year long. It simply tells the program to include this airport in time computations requiring the addition or subtraction of one (1) hour each time daylight savings goes into or out of effect twice a year.


Example #1:

My domicile time zone is ATL (Atlanta) and is currently UTC-4, but in October (See chart above) Standard Time will go into effect and change my domicile’s time zone to UTC-5. What setting should I set in (Options)(Preferences)(Timezone Settings) “Domicile’s Time Zone?”

Set this to the time zone for when daylight savings is NOT IN EFFECT. I.E. UTC-5. 

Example #2:

I have my Logbook Time Zone set to UTC. I would really like it set to my domicile’s time zone of UTC-5. I see that you have a warning against changing it. What adverse affects will I see if I change it now that I have already entered data into my program?

For those of you that have it set incorrectly and must see it displayed correctly, if you do change your (Logbook Time Zone) your previous data (prior to changing the time zone) when viewed using (Zulu) or (Local) time picker on the logpage will be incorrect. The data itself, when viewed using the (Logbook) time zone will be correct. There is no effect to crew rest/required rest or totals. In other words, if you change this setting after data has already been entered, old data will only be viewed correctly when viewed with the (Logbook) time zone. Again, I suggest leaving it alone if you have already entered data.

Helpful Hints:

Daylight Savings Time can be confusing. The following tips will help you to make a smooth transition to and from daylight savings time. If you have correctly set up your time zone settings by following the above instructions, you will only have to make ONE (1) change to the program each time daylight savings goes into or out of effect.

Helpful Hint #1: This one change is found in (Options)(Preferences)(Timezone Settings). It is the last one at the bottom of the page. It is a checkbox that says “Daylight Savings is in Effect”. To reiterate, place a checkmark in the box when Daylight Savings is in Effect, and remove the checkmark when DST is no longer in effect.

Helpful Hint #2: Always enter the time zone for a specific airport as if DST was NOT in effect, EVEN IF IT IS.

Helpful Hint #3: Remember to place a checkmark in the box that says, “Apply Daylight Savings” when adding a new airport, if the airport complies with DST. Once this check mark is there, LEAVE IT no matter if daylight savings is in effect or not