Since the launch of the iPad in 2010, Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) have been gaining popularity in the cockpit transforming how data and information is managed and shown to the crew. It is now common for charts, manuals and performance data to all be digital and available to crew using hardware devices such as the iPad. However, there are still a few processes in the cockpit that are reliant on paper, and the aircraft technical log is one of them.
The technical log is a system designed to record operational flight information relating to aircraft maintenance. It can take many forms, but often consists of a paper form which several carbon copies must be distributed to various people both before and after the flight. This process hasn't changed much since its inception, although some operators are now scanning and electronically sending the logs. Unfortunately, a paper-based logging system has inherent flaws and it is common to find errors in the data being recorded and often logs are missing or unreadable. This leads to many issues such as delays or incorrect information causing critical maintenance actions to be missed.
An electronic, or digital, technical log can bring many advantages into an operation:
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