Changes to the Logbook Entry Tool

Did you notice some differences when working on a Logbook Entry?

We’ve made a few changes in appearance and layout, for the purpose of what is called WYSIWYG, meaning What You See Is What You Get.

The screen is now arranged to look as close to your final print out as possible.

A few changes you will notice are the placement of the buttons, which are now on the left side of the screen .  There are quite a few buttons:

1. PRINT, for the small sticker labels. (We recommend one sheet of 4 labels, size, such as those by Avery 5168 (Laser) /8168 (Inkjet)

2. SAVE, allows you to save your changes.  We encourage you to click Save quite often.

3. And a toggle button between SMALL LABELS (5168/8168) VIEW and FULL PAGE VIEW, to display what an 8.5 x 11″ sheet looks like.  Remember, you can trim the page down to fit into the logbooks.

When you are in the SMALL LABEL layout, the screen will display a small box to emulate a 3.5 x 5″ sticker label (such as Avery 5168/8168):

Click PRINT and select which location you need your label to print on:  Top Right, or Top Left, Bottom Right or Bottom Left:

*Only the first 11 rows will print. If you need more room, we recommend you use Full Page View.

When you’re in the FULL PAGE layout, the box will appear larger, to emulate an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet:

Click PRINT and select which style you prefer:  Auto-Expand (recommended), or Single Page.

*We recommend you use Auto Expand print option so that your data will not be truncated. Use of single page print option will truncate your data after 53 lines.

To make your Company Name/Logo appear/disappear, go to Account Options in My Profile.

Would you like to Print MULTIPLE Logbook Entries?

Click HERE to learn how:

https://zookaviation.com/blog/2020/02/10/print-multiple-logbook-entries/

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ERRORS!

UPDATE:  ERROR FIXED!

Thank you for waiting as we worked towards fixing the issue. Everything should be working well now.  Please let us know if you have any questions, by emailing:  support@airworthinessdirectives.com

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We are aware there is a bug within our Logbook entry tool, and are working quickly to resolve it.

Our apologies for any inconvenience.

We are making every effort to fix the bug.

Thank you and we appreciate your patience.

Currency Symbol Options

By customer request, the option to choose your Currency Symbol, (or to display none), has been added.

By default, the currency symbol is the US Dollar, however, that can be changed to any international symbol, or you have the option to display no currency symbol at all.

Another option is to keep the default dollar and cents separator as a decimal, or change it to a comma, which is common in several countries outside the US.

To change your currency symbol, go to My Profile and click the blue “Change” link:

You will see a list you can scroll through to locate the symbol you want.    Click to make a selection:

Then click the Change button to confirm:

You will see the Symbol change in:

    • My Invoices
    • Invoice Summary
    • Invoice Payments
    • My Work Orders
    • My Parts list

Note:  The symbol will NOT change in your Billing Receipts, because the amount on your Receipt is in US Dollars.

The symbol will also NOT change if it is built into an FAA Form or other Custom Form.

Next is to either leave the Dollar and Cent separator as is, defaulted to a decimal point (.), or you can change it to a comma (,).

To change it to a Comma, click on the Comma button, making it turn green:

Just as with the Currency symbol, you will see the Comma change in:

    • My Invoices
    • Invoice Summary
    • Invoice Payments
    • My Work Orders
    • My Parts list
  • Note:  The Comma will NOT change in your Billing Receipts, because the amount on your Receipt is in US Dollars.

The Comma will also NOT change if it is built into an FAA Form or other Custom Form.

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Invoice Parts Summary List

Do you use the Parts List and Invoice tools?  If so, would  you ever like a list of what Parts were Invoiced, when, in what quantity and rate?

If so, get to know the Monthly Invoice Parts Summary list.

It’s just a few clicks away, and you’ve got a quick glance at what Parts were Invoiced.  Here’s the short version how to get there (scroll further down for visual instructions):

    1. Main Member Dashboard
    2. My Invoices (left navigation panel)
    3. Invoice Summary (orange button, top middle)
    4. Select Year (drop-down list)
    5. Get Summary (orange button)
    6. Parts Summary (white button, top middle right)

Follow these visual instructions step-by-step to view your Invoice Parts Summary:

1. Main Member Dashboard

2. My Invoices (left navigation panel)

3. Invoice Summary (orange button, top middle)

4. Select Year (drop-down list)

5. Get Summary (orange button)

6. Parts Summary (white button, top middle right)

7. View your Summary List:

Note:  At the moment, there is no built-in Print button to click on, but you are welcome to use your browser’s Print options.  Screen-snap is also an option.

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Product Improvement: Attach Documents to Work Order Discrepancies

Product Improvement, by popular request:  Attach Documents to Work Order Discrepancies

A number of customers thought it might be helpful to upload external documents to individual Discrepancies in the Work Orders, to keep things in order, and we agreed.

What kind of documents? 

You can upload whatever you need to accompany the record.

What formats are accepted?

*.jpg, *.jpeg, *.png  and *.pdf ONLY.   (No Word or Excel docs at this time).
Max file size: 4MB

Here’s how to upload:

1. View/Open the Profile you want to add the documents to:

2. Click on View to open an existing Discrepancy, OR click the +Add button to make a NEW Discrepancy line:

3. Click the +Add Document button:

4. Click the Choose File button, and select the File you want.  Add a Name and a Date to the file, and click the Upload button:

You can also DELETE a Document if no longer needed.

Click on the file you want to delete:

Click the Delete button:

Choose Yes.  This is permanent.  Select Cancel if you’ve changed your mind:

Give it a try and let us know what you think.  Your feedback is appreciated!

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Firefox: AD and other PDF File Viewing

If you use Firefox as your browser, you may experience some issues viewing ADs and other PDF files.

Firefox, by default, automatically downloads any PDF files it encounters, and does not display them on the screen.

The good news is that there is a solution!

Depending on the version of your Firefox, you can either change the settings so it will display PDFs on screen, or you can activate an Add-on.  Either way should help with viewing ADs and other PDF files.

Here’s one way to change the settings:

Open Firefox.  In the menu bar, click Firefox, click Preferences.  This will open the Settings page.

In the Search box, type “pdf“.

It will display a list that you may have to scroll through.

Locate Portable Document Format (PDF), and click the drop down on the right side.

Select Open in Firefox.

You’re all set.  It should now display all PDFs on-screen.

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Product Improvement: Attach Documents to Aircraft Profile

Product Improvement, by popular request:  Attach Documents to Aircraft Profile

A number of customers thought it might be helpful to upload external documents to specific Aircraft Profiles, to keep things in order, and we agreed.

What kind of documents? 

One suggestion was an old 337, another was receipts.  You can upload photos, old Logbooks scans, or whatever you need to accompany the record.

What formats are accepted?

*.jpg, *.jpeg, *.png  and *.pdf ONLY.   (No Word or Excel docs at this time).
Max file size: 4MB

Here’s how to upload:

View/Open the Profile you want to add the documents to.

Click the +Add Document button (it’s right below the Customer/Owner section, towards the left side of your screen):

Click the Choose File button, and select the File you want.  Add a Name and a Date to the file, and click the Upload button.

Once you have a few files in place, you can Sort them by Name and by Date.  You can also search with a keyword in the Filter Search box.

Give it a try and let us know what you think.  Your feedback is appreciated!

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Mac Safari READER VIEW Affects How ADs Appear

Odd looking ADs?

If you use Mac’s Safari browser, you might run into an odd looking AD page, and may wonder why your Related Links and AD Notes aren’t showing up.

It could be because “Reader View” is active.  Just click on the Reader View icon on the LEFT side of the URL bar, to turn it off.

Reader View ON –  No AD Notes or Related Links showing:

Reader View OFFAD Notes and Related Links are showing:

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Product Improvement: Inventory Tracking

By popular customer request, we’ve been making improvements to our Parts List tool.

The most recent improvement is Parts Inventory Tracking, giving you the option, and ability to record quantities for each Part in your list.  This allows you to track what you have in stock.

If a current Part only lists a quantity of 1 (one), you can Edit that part, and now add the actual quantity you have on hand.

When that Part is added to an activity, such as an Invoice or Work Order, that number of purchased Parts is subtracted from your stock.

Parts Inventory Tracking  is defaulted to “OFF”.  You have the option to turn Parts inventory “On” if you’d like to use it, or leave it “Off” if you don’t want to track quantities.  It’s up to you.   Go to My Profile, and click the Inventory button to either “Off” or “On”, whichever you choose.

How to ACTIVATE INVENTORY TRACKING:

To Activate Tracking, go to:

My Profile

Click the Inventory Tracking button so it shows a green On button

Please NOTE the following:

By turning on Inventory Tracking, all quantities will begin at 1. For the best possible user experience, update your parts quantities in My Parts before you add parts to service invoices or work orders.

By turning off Inventory Tracking, all My Parts quantities will be lost. When turning off Inventory Tracking, please make certain that is what you would like to do.

When parts Inventory is turned ON, and you are viewing your Parts List, there is a column for Quantity.   When you go to EDIT a part, the Quantity is available to be changed.

When parts Inventory is turned OFF, and you are viewing your Parts List, there is NO column for Quantity.  When you go to EDIT a part, the Quantity is NOT available to be changed.

How to EDIT a PART:

Go to “My Parts”

Locate the item you want to change. Using the Filter Search can make locating a Part easier and faster.

Click “Edit”.

Make the changes and click Save.

When you Edit a Part, you will see a notation that states:

Warning:  Changes made to this part will not affect parts already added to Work Orders or Service Invoices.

Use Parts in Work Orders & Invoices:

You can use Parts from your list, and apply quantities when using Work Orders and Invoices.

For Work Orders:

Open the Work Order

Either +ADD a new Discrepancy, or VIEW an existing one.

Either +ADD a new Part, or click on the Part name to EDIT it.

Make your changes and click SAVE.

An extra feature of Work Orders is that they be converted into an Invoice.

For Invoices:

Open the Invoice you want to Add or Edit a Part to.

Either +ADD a new Part, or click on the Part name to EDIT it.

Make your changes and click SAVE.

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Over time, more functions will be added to the “My Parts” tool, such as Reporting, to list the areas the parts were used, such as Work Orders and Invoices.  Another ability in the future will be to add more Quantity from within an Invoice or Work Order, instead of having to go back the My Parts, and Edit the part, as you currently have to do.  The Parts Inventory will slowly receive improvements over time. 

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This oil was in the wrong part of the prop…

Enjoy reading this very informative message from our good friend, Dean Showalter:

This oil was in the wrong part of the prop…

Good morning friends!

This container of oil came out of Aram’s propeller… it’s the propeller from podcast episode 177 and from the previous email I sent out. Check it out:

The reason this is a problem is because there should be an air cavity in the front of this Beech 278 propeller. If there is much oil in the front of the hub, it means the o-ring on the piston has allowed oil to leak past.

And when this happens, the prop becomes “hydrolocked.” In normal operation the piston compresses the air in the front of the prop as the piston moves forward to rotate the prop blades. But if there is oil in the front of the hub, the oil is not compressible, and prevents the piston from moving forward… and the blades can’t rotate, and the prop stays in the low-pitch / high RPM position.

See more pictures and read more of the story here.

Thank you to all who responded to that last email with excellent feedback, comments, and ideas. I appreciate it so much!

And be sure to listen to the podcast this week to hear the full story. Hopefully, Aram will be back in the air in his P35 Bonanza real soon!

Have a great Saturday,

Dean Showalter

Read more of Dean’s articles at AirplaneOwnerMaintenance.com