"Hey Eddie," I hear now and then, "let's see your paperwork." Fortunately I've never had this request from anyone official so I guess I've been doing okay all these years. But I have to admit my handwriting isn't the best and sometimes crossing the pond I miss a thing or two. But for those of you that asked, here is my paperwork from a trip to Luxembourg.
Yes, some of this is above and beyond what the books say we need. But I want to be able to reconstruct the flight should I be asked. Not because I might make a mistake, but what about the other guy? If the airplane ahead of me or behind me fail to adhere to the Mach number technique and we have a loss of separation, the OCA is going to ask for paperwork from each of us. You should be able to prove you were on speed. What about a sudden change in fuel burn? You may not see that unless you log it. You don't have a lot of options out there, keeping a good record en route could come in handy. Besides, what else you got to do?
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