LogTen Pro has been our top pick among pilot logbook apps for years, with a nice mix of powerful features and an easy-to-use interface. But lately the app was starting to look tired–there was no major iOS 7 update, for example–so we’ve been hoping to see some updates.
Those are finally here, in the form of a new app called LogTen Pro X. This includes the same basic functionality of the original LogTen Pro, but with a completely new style and a host of new features. It’s a big upgrade.
One of our favorite additions is the Fly Now feature. This allows you to log a flight by essentially tapping start and stop. The app uses your iPhone or iPad’s GPS to determine the departure and destination airport, and calculates the total time for you–it’s all automatic. We can see this being a major benefit for flight instructors or busy corporate pilots.
There’s also a new Dynamic Time Loupe tool that allows you to scroll forwards and backwards through your logbook and review all currency issues. This is a great tool for pro pilots, since it includes duty time limitations and it makes it easy to forecast weeks into the future.
The Analyze view is a good companion to the Dynamic Time Loupe. You can select any time period and see detailed breakdowns by airplane category, class, type or user-defined groups. While you’ve always been able to create custom reports, this is a quicker and easier way to check on key areas. We’ve found this to be particularly helpful for filling out annual insurance forms.
Finally, LogTen Pro X takes full advantage of the new iCloud Drive platform to offer seamless syncing between devices: iPad, iPhone, iPod and Mac. It makes it easy to log flights on your iPhone, for example, then review detailed reports on your iPad.
Existing users will have to download the new app–this is not just an update. After installing the app, it’s easy to import your existing logbook information. You’ll be prompted the first time you open the app.
Along with the new app, LogTen’s developer, Coradine Aviation, is introducing a new subscription-based pricing model. LogTen Pro X is free for student pilots to download and try for 40 hours. After that, it’s $6.99/month or $69.99/year. The Mac app is a free companion tool (although it’s a full-featured logbook).
Not everyone will be happy about the new pricing model. Having spent money on the iOS app and perhaps the Mac app already, many pilots may chafe at paying an annual subscription fee. But this is the way many higher end apps are moving–high quality apps require a lot of ongoing support and upgrades, so expect to see more of this.
UPDATE: After some fairly heated comments, Coradine has changed their pricing structure. Effective November 8, 2014, LogTen Pro X for Mac will be a one-time, $89.99 fee to download. All future updates will be free. LogTen Pro X for iPad and iPhone will require a one-time purchase of $19.99, which includes free lifetime updates. But after 40 hours of time logged, the app will require a $49.99 per year subscription to keep adding flights.