How RB Logbook has become the standard digital pilot logbook

RB Logbook has been on the market since February 2020. After its highly anticipated release, during the Pilot Expo 2020, a lot of development effort has been put in by RB Group to continuously improve the logbook. As of November 2020, RB Logbook has reached the level where it defines the standard for digital pilot logbook software.

Early adopters of RB Logbook have helped a great deal in defining roadmap priorities. They identified the pain points in their logging experience, which could in turn be improved in RB Logbook. RosterBuster’s huge aviation community has been a major asset for RB Logbook in this regard.

Key areas

RB Logbook’s development team has put their focus on a number of key areas:

  • Automation: how can we make it easier to log flights and save time
  • Stability, security & reliability: a logbook should always be available and your data should be safe
  • Compliance: to be compliant with industry standards
  • Innovation: where can we bring something extra, the ‘RB’-DNA on the table
  • Features, UI/UX: software needs to be user friendly, beautiful and a pleasure to use

Continuous Improvement Cycle

So what did these developments accomplish? Well, a whopping 20 versions have been released to the App Store and the Pay Store, in just 9 months. Most versions had significant improvements, based on user feedback. We believe in a continuous improvement cycle, and that’s what we have delivered on.

Using the cutting edge React Native technology, we were able to publish the same app to iOS and Android users at the same time without delay.

A small list of some features that we have brought into RB Logbook:

  1. Improved RosterBuster integration: the integration with RosterBuster has been improved considerably. This gives access to over 500 airline rosters. While we do support other logbooks with RosterBuster, of course export to RB Logbook will give the best user experience
  2. Improved ACARS scan: with the help of our users, we were able to further improve the ACARS scan capability. It is now considerably more accurate and we support more airplane types, e.g. the OOOI in the Airbus A380 as well as scanning paper receipts
  3. Fly Now with takeoff and landing detection: a novelty that uses your phone’s capabilities to actually verify if you are flying, to record flight times
  4. EASA, FAA, Jeppesen, India, TCCA (and many others) compliant logbook reports. We’ve even added a custom report so that you can create your own format
  5. Flight & Duty Limits: EASA and FAR limits can be easily tracked as well as any custom currency or limit you want
  6. Flight maps: check your career on a map

Future developments

We have first put our focus on the professional airline pilot. Now that we have this covered, we will also look at features that private pilots value more. Not only does this make the logbook suitable for a wider range of pilots, but it’s also no secret that many professional airline pilots fly in their spare time, too.

Our roadmap contains a desktop versions, integrations with airline systems, reports and of course many other smaller features and tweaks that will improve the pilot experience.

There is still a lot to be done. But when we keep this pace and level of innovation, I’m confident that RB Logbook will stay the standard in ditigal pilot logbooks for years to come.