I would like to take a moment out of your normal reading to introduce a little project of mine, the NPPL (National Private Pilot Licence) Electronic Logbook.

The tl;dr is that as a private pilot myself as well as a programmer, I wanted a quick and easy way to keep track of my currency requirements, especially as I plan to fly more than one class of aircraft.

Flying is one of life’s great joys, but keeping track of your hours and currency requirements, especially if you fly multiple types, most certainly isn’t.

NPPL Pilot’s Logbook tracks your flights, works out hours flown and tracks your currency status, leaving you free to do what you love most… Fly!

This is an early version, and I’d love to hear your feedback (especially if you’re a pilot yourself), check it out and let me know what you think!

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After a year of study and training with the wonderful people at Oxfordshire Sport Flying at Enstone aerodrome I have achieved a dream of mine this week and qualified as a pilot.

Suffice it to say I am very excited, I’m not entirely sure it has sunk in yet.

Learning to fly is full of important landmarks; the first solo, the qualifying cross country flight, instrument appreciation, the final flight test, and not to mention the numerous ground exams.

You have to learn about air law, navigation, biology and human factors in flight, radio communication and procedure, the mechanics of flight and meteorology… and all that outside of the physical act of flying an aircraft.

I am surprised that I managed to cram it all in there, but at no point did I doubt that I could.

So much in life is achievable, you just have to want it badly enough.