I recently transferred my Pilot Logbook to an online logbook. This was a fun adventure that let me relive every single flight I’ve ever taken. It’s amazing how much I remember from each flight, even though I can’t remember what I had for dinner last night. I’m kidding, it was a quinoa stuffed red pepper with portabella mushroom and broccoli. Anywho… bad memory for lots of tiny details, but apparently, no detail is too tiny when it’s in the cockpit (as it should be).
(Sidebar) My memory lane began with my discover flight, where I met my instructor, Joel, whom I’d never met, at 5:3oam because I had waited so long that I didn’t want to wait for a day off to go; He was quite concerned about my poor judgement before we even met because of this. Joel had me do pretty much everything, from taxi to, surprisingly, landing! I was hooked when I started the engine and felt the avgas fragranced air wash over my face. It was, and still is, intoxicating. It’s a drug that gets me high, in every way.
Back to the purpose of the post… Shortly after my private check ride I found a very stupid math error in my logbook that, of course, changed everything from there on. Later on I found a total of five more careless errors that affected my totals. All of these errors were minor. They just made me wonder what the heck I was thinking about that had me distracted.
On a serious note, to correct the errors I made one logbook entry with a plus or minus number to reflect the difference and referenced the date of the original error in each of those boxes. Then, on the page of the original errors I highlighted the error and (literally) hash tagged them #MathIsHard
So what was I thinking that had me so distracted? Oh wait… since I make my logbook entries immediately after flying and total them up as soon as I finish a page I can claim that it wasn’t my fault… I was high.