How does a pilot replace their logbook if it has been lost?

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  • How does a pilot replace their logbook if it has been lost? h8a

    I got my private pilot license when I was 17 but was unable to continue flying. I am moving into a position to get back in the air, but I no longer have my log book as it was lost between moves. What is the best way to move forward?

  • The best approach is to start a new logbook with totals that carry over from your latest FAA 8710 - in this case, it sounds like you will roll back to the hours from when you earned your private pilot certificate. There are some other options listed in FAA Order 8900.1, 5-172, but it's unlikely any of them will work for your situation (except, perhaps for "Receipts for aircraft rentals", if your FBO is still open and still has the records).

    You can request a copy of your 8710 from the FAA, which I'm gonna quote here because that's the best way to not screw anything up:

    Airmen who have lost their logbooks or flight records may request copies of their files from the FAA by writing to the following:

    FAA Airmen Certification Branch, AFS-760
    P.O. Box 25082
    Oklahoma City, OK 73125

    or

    FAA Aeromedical Certification
    P.O. Box 25082
    Oklahoma City, OK 73125

    Once you receive the copy, the first line in your new logbook should probably summarize all the totals from the 8710 (just like if it was a flight). The remarks would specify "time forward from 8710 dated DD/MM/YYY" or something to that effect.

    Best of luck getting your records back!

  • As you wrote: "I just want to restart recreational flying and possibly pursue additional ratings", you don't technically need your old log book to start flying again if you still have your license.

    See the answers on this question.

    You'll need your license, a current medical, and a BFR.
    But I don't think you need proof of hours.
    Of course, getting a fully signed off BFR is a lot easier if you have a log book showing recent time, but it is not required.

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