The iLog application uses a wizard interface where pilots follow a step by step process to enter data rather than having to switch from one tab to another. This allows pilots to concentrate on the task at hand and reduces the mental pressure of selecting multiple tabs to entering data. This application breaks down the process into basic steps allowing pilots to go through each item linearly. Pilots have the freedom to change a particular value at any time and each step confirms the data by displaying a status message.
The color scheme for the application has been kept very basic but at the same time pleasing. The colors were purposefully chosen to match the working conditions where high contrast might not be required at times.
The application starts initially by asking the user to update the settings section upon which he/she can create a new log. Once the settings have been entered, the home screen of the application changes to reflect the most recent information about the aircraft with the options to create new and view old logs.
When completing a log, the pilot will only have to enter the essential data in each section minimizing user input. Upon completion, pilots can view the entire form as it would look in an Excel sheet and then sign off on it to update his/her off-duty time and send it to the required people.
The Home Screen displays general information on the aircraft. The PIC and SIC fields are pre-populated based on the last entered values. However, users can select or add new pilots from this screen as well. This allows users to change the most general settings from the home screen itself rather than going into the settings screen.
The VOR Check Due Date is mentioned here as well, notifying the user beforehand when a VOR check is due.
The Passenger Load setting is also populated from the settings page, dictating an Airworthiness Release or a Post Flight Check icon to appear.
Tap on the create New FlightLog button to start creating a new log. This will show the Process Overview Screen.
The General Settings Screen allows users to customize their home screen by importing an image such as a company logo or simply entering an appropriate header for the home screen. Additionally, users can enter an iLog starting number. This number will be the starting point from which iLog will chronicle your flights.
The Aircraft Data Screen allows users to input specific aircraft values. This section incorporates "sliders" which can turn specific fields on or off. If a slider has a red circle, the field is OFF and will not be visible throughout the application thereby reducing unnecessary user input. If a green check mark is next to the slider, the field is ON, and will be active throughout the applications, incorporating those data fields into iLog.
Users must designate the aircraft as 9 or less passenger seats or 10 or more passenger seats. This will dictate whether an Airworthiness Check or Post Flight is required. Aircraft Data Screen allows users to input specific aircraft values. This section incorporates sliders which can turn specific fields on or off. If a slider has a red circle, the field is OFF and will not be visible throughout the application thereby reducing unnecessary user input. If a green check mark is next to the slider, the field is ON and will be active throughout the applications, incorporating those data fields into iLog.
The Crew Data Screen allows users to input critical pilot data and pertinent email addresses for the crew. iLog will use this data to pre populate fields throughout the application, including the final step when the completed log is emailed to designated recipients.
The Crew Data Screen also gives users the option to add an extra crew member (XCM) by selecting the ON or OFF slider. This crew member is selectable from the same database as the PIC and SIC. To deselect a XCM, simply tap on the XCM name and the check mark will disappear, thus removing the XCM from duty. When it is necessary to use the XCM feature, the XCM is required for all legs. In future versions, the XCM will be optional on a leg by leg basis.
The email section of the Crew Data Screen can be left blank if desired. The fields are only suggestions, and can be a source of additional recipients of the completed log.
The Post Flight Screen is intended for aircraft with 10 or more passenger seats. These aircraft are typically operated under procedures requiring a certified mechanic to perform the post flight check. This screen allows the mechanic to record this check and the associated data.
The Airworthiness Release Screen is intended for aircraft with 9 or less passenger seats. This feature allows a pilot or mechanic to perform a post or preflight check of the aircraft and record it by entering the date the check was performed and who performed it.
The View Previous Logs screen allows users to view past logs and edit them as necessary. The logs are listed chronologically by flight log number and by date. Simply tap on a particular log to edit and the Process Overview Screen will appear. Users can delete a log from this screen as well.Airworthiness Release Screen (9 passengers or less)
The Process Overview Screen systematically takes you through a typical flight day. The top of the screen indicates that day's particular flight log number and each block highlights each step in the process. A caution triangle will appear on those blocks that are not yet complete. The process overview button will be present throughout the creation of the iLog on the top left corner allowing users to review their progress at any time. The number of blocks depends on the settings chosen for the application. For example, if an APU is not installed on your aircraft and you have not selected it as an option in Settings, it will not appear in the process overview screen and thus eliminate an unnecessary step. The user can select the green start button on the upper right to start a new log, or merely tap on the first tile.
The On Duty Screen is the beginning of your flight day. This page allows pilots to input the start of their duty day by simply tapping current time to synch the current zulu time. Otherwise, users can select a specific time using a time wheel. All times in iLog are in zulu time. From this point on, users are able to review the flight log by simply pressing the review icon on the upper right corner.
To progress to the next screen, users can simply tap the green NEXT button or select the tile on the bottom of the screen.
The Security Seals Screen is an optional feature that is set via the settings menu. The Security Seals Screen allows the user to check off numerous security seals via a slider. Each seal is customized for each operator and entered via the Aircraft Data Screen in the settings menu. The user will not be able to complete or export a log without completing this checklist.
The RVSM Review Screen is utilized for aircraft tracking altimeter settings for RVSM airspace. There is a separate screen for the ground and flight altimeter check, meeting regulatory requirements. If the user enters a value greater than 75' between the three altimeters, an alert will pop up advising the user that the RVSM tolerances have been exceeded.
Users will notice a Leg #1 icon on the top right of the inter window. This allows users to toggle between multiple legs in a single duty day.
The Request Number Screen tracks each leg flown via numerical indexing. These numbers are defined by the user and will default to be the next number in sequence after the pervious leg. This allows users to track each leg by a unique number. Flight departments often set this number to correspond with the flight or request number assigned by the flight departments scheduling software.
The Trip Detail Screen allows users to enter the originating airport and the destination airport. The user can enter the city, ICAO airport ID, or an airport name and iLog will narrow the database list for easy selection. The user also has the ability to add a custom airport. Simply tap the Add button and enter the airport data in the fields provided.
The Fuel Screen allows the user to enter beginning fuel in pounds. It also allows the user to add the amount of uplift in gallons. iLog automatically calculates the fuel density as 6.75 (unless enter differently on the EU Fuel Data Screen) and converts the total gallons to pounds. iLog then automatically adds this amount to aircraft fuel quantity.
The Block Out Screen allows the pilot to manually enter the block out time or simply tap current time to synch the current zulu time.
The Take Off Screen allows the pilot to manually enter the take-off time or tap current time to synch with zulu time. This screen also allows the pilot to select a day or night take-off, as well as enter the number of take-offs (if training, for example); this value defaults to a numeric value of one.
The RVSM Review -In Flight Screen is utilized for aircraft tracking altimeters for RVSM airspace. There is a separate screen for the ground and flight altimeter check, meeting regulatory requirements. If the user enters a value greater than 200' between the three altimeters, an alert will pop up, advising the user that the RVSM tolerances have been exceeded.
The Landing Screen allows the user to enter the landing or ON time manually or by simply tapping current time to input the landing time in zulu. The user can select a day or night landing by moving the slider. The user can also select the number of engine cycles and landings. Both of these values are defaulted at a numeric value of one.
The Block In Screen allows the user to enter the "block in" time by simply tapping current time to synch the current zulu time or by manually entering the time.
The Fuel Data Screen allows the user to input the fuel used for that particular leg in pounds.
The More Data Screen allows pilots to enter various conditions for that particular flight segment, including type of approach and how many approaches were made.
The APU Screen is an optional feature selected through the settings menu. If an APU was not selected in the settings menu, the user will not see this screen. If the APU was set-up however, the user can use this screen to track the APU cumulative use for that day.
The EU Field Data Screen pre-populates the landing fuel by taking the beginning fuel, adds the fuel added from the Fuel Screen, then subtracts the fuel burned from the Fuel Data screen. However, the user can manually enter the landing fuel. The user can also enter the fuel density of the fuel added. (This default is 6.7.) Should the user enter a new fuel density, this applies only to this flight leg and is used to calculate the conversion from the fuel gallons added to fuel added in pounds calculation.
The discrepancy and MEL page have now been merged into one singular page. This step allows the user an opportunity to record any discrepancies found during a particular leg of the trip. The user also has ability to defer a discrepancy per the MEL if needed.
The discrepancy page automatically indexes the item number from the iLog log number. Thus makes maintenance tracking that much easier.
To defer an MEL item, the user simply activates the MEL via the slider button. The user enters the MEL item number, and the category. iLog automatically knows the date for each maintenance category and pre-populates the date field. From there the user can enter an M or O item as directed by their MEL. Once entered and acknowledged, iLog will track the duration remaining on each deferred MEL item, send a maintence email with aircraft status update, and alert subsequent users that an open MEL exists. Each discrepancy and MEL item is also included in the iLog export for that log. When selected in the settings menu, a MEL pop up feature alerts pilots during the midlife of an MEL deferral period. Thereby, avoiding headaches down the road for both pilots and mechanics.
A red icon on the previous pages screen indicates an open MEL item, where by a blue icon indicates a previous write up that has been cleared.
The Component Record Screen allows users to enter component information by turning ON the screen via the slider at the top right of the inner window. This screen is useful when a component is changed away from the aircraft primary maintenance base by recording part and serial numbers, which are included on the final log.
The VOR Check Screen allows users to record their VOR check information by turning ON the screen via a slider on the upper right side of the inner window. The user is then prompted for the pertinent data for a VOR check, which is required every 30 days. iLog continuously displays the date of the last VOR check on the Process Overview Page. However, if a VOR check is overdue, iLog will alert the user and prompt him/her to perform this check.
The Off Duty Time Screen is where you record the end of your duty day. This page will allow users to input the end of their duty day via a time wheel, or simply tap current time to synch the current zulu time. The default value is one hour after landing.
If there are additional legs to be flown, simply select the Leg button at the top of the inner window and select the + icon. At the end of the pilots duty day, simply tap the finish button and the user will be prompted to sign the completed copy. At this point, iLog will alert the user of any missing data and require them to go back and fill in the missing information. Once completed, users can either export the log via email to selected email addresses or they can print the log directly from their iPad.
The custom fields option allows users to add data fields to their iLog. Users can add part-time data fields in order to track items such as canpass, hydraulics, oil, or whatever they deem necessary. Simply enter the title fields in the settings menu, and when needed, turn on the custom fields screen via a slider and enter the corresponding data. Very simple and easy.
Once the log is completed and signed, iLog will let you export the log in html format via email with a PDF attachment. The email template automatically populates the TO field with the emails entered in Settings. Because the log and associated data are in html, operators have the option of electronically uploading the data fields into their scheduling and other flight department software. Additionally, logs can be printed directly from the app or through the emailed copy.