How can a drone logbook help you make money? - The Drone Trainer

A drone logbook can make you money!

Maintaining a drone logbook with all of your flight hours is a trait of a good drone pilot, and can help you make some serious cash. Not only can you make more money, but you might also beat out your competition if you keep verifiable flight records. If I hadn’t kept one, I’d be $8500 poorer right now…

So how did my drone logbook make me $8500?

With my previous aviation background, I was disciplined in keeping track of every flight hour since day one. I took the same approach to my drone flights, and started logging everything in my home made logbook from the second I took my first DJI Phantom out of it’s packaging.

A few years ago I was contacted by a company that was looking for both a multi rotor and fixed wing operator to conduct a series of flight experiments. The company aviation manager requested that each pilot have the following:

1) UAS flight time: 25 hours
2) UAS flight time in type being flown: 10 hours
3) UAS missions on type: 10
4) UAS flight currency: 3 missions in 30, or 9 in 90 days on type

While these aren’t far reaching numbers, we still needed to prove that we had the required hours and currency before they’d allow us to fly the mission. This is where my drone logbook became very valuable, as I could show exact flight hours, missions, and currency on type in an instant. Showing a documented log book rather than just saying “I’ve got that,” was the instant proof that my client required to award us the project. Just like that, $8500 richer than I would have been without a verifiable drone flight logbook!

What should you be keeping in your drone logbook?

At minimum, you’d want to keep track of the date, time, and hours for each flight. As you can see though from the example above they wanted to know the currency on type, so it’s important to keep track of that as well. Just as a manned aviation pilot keeps track of hours in specific aircraft, you should too.

Here is the list of what I keep track of for every flight: date, time, aircraft, location, mission details, flight time, takeoffs, & landings.

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I’m sure by now you realize the value in maintaining a drone logbook, not only for your own records, but also for the possibility of it getting you a job over your competition because you can prove your flight time and currency. If you’re not already keeping a logbook, or aren’t happy with what you’re currently using, download ours for free right now! There are over 500 drone pilots actively using our free logbook, and you should too!


  1. Excellent points. While there is currently no requirement to be able to prove action currency, U.S. non-UAS airmen are required to demonstrate certain recency of action elements to keep aspects of their flight privileges (i.e. night, instrument, multi-engine). That will likely eventually translate into unmanned piloting. I’d suggest tracking ATTI/manual mode flight time, as well.

    It also helps to show your insurance agent what you have done. If nothing else, it demonstrates an attention to detail that probably makes you a more appealing insurance risk (or may help lower your premium)!

    1. You’re right on the insurance side of things as well! Recently I’ve started using Skywatch, and they provide discounts based on your flight history. And good idea to track ATTI and GPS flight… I’ll have to think of how to integrate that into the logbook 🙂

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