FDS Logbook
Manual and Instructional Videos

 WARNING 

Skydiving is an inherently risky activity that can lead to injury or death. All skydiving equipment is subject to failure.

LIMITS OF LIABILITY AND PRIVACY POLICY

All data tracking devices and software are susceptible to failure, no matter what their type or construction. By using FDS Logbook and Freefall Data Systems LLC's altimeters, you agree that Freefall Data Systems LLC will not be legally held responsible for any data loss or malfunction whatsoever that these products may have, whether good or defective. We recommend keeping a paper logbook with valid signatures in addition to digital records, which is also required by the USPA and many other parachute organizations to verify requirements for currency in skydiving as well as skydiving ratings. Although there is no public list of users and FDS does not share its customer's data with third parties and it fact guards their data, FDS Logbook has social media capabilities, and creating an account allows one to be found by other users of FDS Logbook by the first and last name provided in one's profile. Adding another user as a Follower or Instructor allows them to view one's entire logbook and all of its data. Care should be taken in adding Followers or Instructors and judicious use should be made of the privacy settings described below. By using FDS Logbook, you agree with our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.


1.1 FDS Logbook Description
2.1 Creating an Account, Logging in, and Subscribing
2.2 Editing the User Profile
2.3 Preferences and Privacy Settings
2.4 Adding Associates
3.1 Setting Up Various Activities for Logging
3.2 Skydiving: Adding, Deleting, and Shifting Jumps
3.3 BASE: Adding, Deleting, and Shifting Jumps
3.4 Tunnel: Adding, Deleting, and Shifting Sessions
3.5 Renaming Equipment, Aircraft, Dropzones, etc.
4.1 Logging Skydives Automatically Via the FDS Altis App
5.1 Viewing Jumps or Sessions
5.2 Editing Jumps or Sessions
5.3 Viewing Data Gathered from FDS Altimeters
5.4 Adding Media
5.5 Tagging Associates in Jumps or Sessions
5.6 Linked Jumps and Sessions
6.1 Stastistics
7.1 Devices Interfacing With FDS Logbook
7.2 Viewing Device Data Files
8.1 Support

1.1 FDS Logbook Description

FDS Logbook is a cloud-based logging system for skydiving, wind tunnel flight, and BASE jumping with a realtime database at it's backend. It was conceived as a unique contribution to the skydiving community that would enable jumpers to keep track of their jumps and better understand what happens during their skydiving-related activities. All FDS altimeters besides our first products, SonoAlti® and ColorAlti®, can interface with FDS Logbook via the FDS Altis app. In addition to logging jumps and wind tunnel sessions and viewing data, FDS Logbook has social media capabilities. One can add Followed Users, which enables them to view one's own logbook and data. When a Followed User is added, they can also be tagged in jumps or tunnel sessions. When another jumper is tagged in a specific jump or session, FDS Logbook automatically searches for jumps or sessions in that jumper's logbook that occurred at the same time, displaying them in one's own logbook as a linked jump or session. In addition to adding Followed Users, Instructors can add Students, such that Instructors can edit a Student's logbook in addition to viewing their data. One can also add unlimited YouTube or Facebook videos as well as Instagram pictures or videos to any jump or session. FDS Logbook is a mobile-friendly and can be viewed on any browser.

2.1 Creating an Account and Subscribing

Go to FDS Logbook. There are currently three different methods of logging in to FDS Logbook: e-mail, Facebook, or Google. In the case you log in with Facebook or Google, the e-mail adress associated with you Facebook or Google account will automatically be linked to your account. If using e-mail, you will be required to send a verification e-mail and verify the account. Upon creating an account, you will be redirected to activate your subscription in the FDS Store. When purchasing a subscription, make sure to use the same e-mail address associated with your FDS Logbook account to make the purchase. All FDS altimeters currently come with a one year free subscription service. Afterwards, use of the logbook costs $20 annually. To use the free one year subscription, simply enter your altimeter's 5-digit serial number on checkout as a discount code. Once the purchase is made, go back to FDS Logbook and log back in. If you still have trouble logging in after making a purchase (e.g. you perhaps used the wrong e-mail for the purchase), contact FDS immediately and we will get your account up and running ASAP.

2.2 Editing the User Profile

The best thing to do first is to edit the user profile and privacy settings. This page shows the information and avatar others will be able to see in order to find/contact you. Here you can add an avatar, change your name or e-mail address, and you can optionally add a phone number. Use a rectangular JPEG image smaller than 256 KB for the avatar. Users cannot search for other users by e-mail or phone number, rather only by first and last name. They can, however, view these according to the privacy settings seen the "Preferences" page if you allow them to follow you. On this page, you can also view how many users you follow and how many follow you, as well as the status of your subscription to FDS Logbook.

2.3 Preferences and Privacy Settings

Under Preferences you can adjust your privacy settings, choose which sports you wish to log, select a measurement system and language, or reset your password. If you click on "Reset Password," and e-mail will automatically be sent with instructions to reset your password. You can also delete your profile at the bottom, which is not a reversible operation.

2.4 Adding Associates

FDS Logbook allows one to search for other users and add them as Followed Users or Students. Once a user accepts a Follower request, the Follower can then view that user's logbook and data. If one accepts a request to instruct, this allows an Instructor to edit parts of a Student's logbook (excluding profile, preferences, associates, etc.). To search for a user or Student, simply enter their first and last name exactly as it appears in FDS Logbook and hover over their avatar to add. Followed Users, Students, and Instructors can all be viewed or removed by hovering over their avatar in the lists on the right side of the page.

3.1 Setting up Various Activities for Logging

Since our devices cannot know about every aspect of your skydive, there are certain pieces of information that have to be provided by the user. For skydiving, one should first input Equipment, Aircraft and Dropzones before logging jumps. These can be found at the top of the screen in the logbook, as seen in the video below. You can also delete elements from each of these categories provided they have not yet been used in your logbook. For tunnel, one should input Skills, Tunnels, and Instructors; for BASE, Equipment and Objects should be entered. After inputting this information, one can set the "Current Settings" for these various activities under "Administration." Then any jump or session logged will be logged according to these Current Settings. One can always change the information afterwards in the individual jump or session entries, but Current Settings makes things much easier for logging multiple jumps at a time.

3.2 Skydiving: Adding, Deleting, and Shifting Jumps

One can add jumps manually to the logbook under Administration. Simply enter the number of jumps you wish to add and click "Go." Auto-number and Auto-copy can be useful for adding bulk jumps. Auto-number automatically numbers the jumps when you enter a number in the top left field. Auto-copy automatically copies all pieces of information that could in theory be duplicated to facilitate fast logging. Here one can also shift jump numbers or delete jumps, which also shift the data or delete the data associated with that jump number. Deleting jumps is permanent and deletes the data, media and tags associated with that jump.

3.3 BASE: Adding, Deleting, and Shifting Jumps

Adding BASE jumps is almost exactly the same as adding skydives. In the BASE section of the logbook (BASE must be enabled under Preferences) under Administration, simply enter the number of jumps you wish to add and click "Go." Auto-number and Auto-copy can again be useful for adding bulk jumps. Just as before, one can also shift jump numbers or delete jumps, which also shift the data or delete the data associated with that jump number. Deleting jumps is permanent and deletes the data, media and tags associated with that jump.

3.4 Tunnel: Adding, Deleting, and Shifting Sessions

Tunnel sessions can also be added manually in a manner similar to how one adds skydives. Under Administration in the Tunnel section of your logbook (Tunnel must be enabled under Preferences), simply enter the number of sessions you wish to add and click "Go." Auto-number and Auto-copy can be used here as well. One can also shift session numbers or delete sessions, which also shift the data or delete the data associated with that session number. Deleting sessions is permanent and deletes the data, media and tags associated with that session.

3.5 Renaming Equipment, Aircraft, Dropzones, etc.

Under Administration for Skydiving, one can rename Equipment, Dropzones and Aircraft. Under Administration for BASE, one can rename Objects and Equipement; for Tunnel, Skills, Instructors or Tunnels can be renamed.

4.1 Logging Skydives Automatically Via the FDS Altis App

Jumps on FDS Altimeters can be logged automatically via the FDS Altis app. Consult the manual for your individual product for instructions on how to automatically log jumps.

5.1 Viewing Jumps or Sessions

Click on Entries to view jumps or sessions. On the left side, one can use the filters to narrow results and also adjust the number of entries displayed per page. If you click on the headings at the top, you can sort the entries according to that heading. If you click a heading again, it will reverse the order of the entries.

5.2 Editing Jumps or Sessions

All information on a jump or session can be edited after that jump or session is created. This way, one can always add more information as it becomes available. Simply click on a particular entry, and then click the "Edit" button on the top right. This will show the user all of the possibilities of what type of information can be included in a jump or session. Once finished editing, press Save in the upper right hand corner.

5.3 Viewing Data Gathered from FDS Altimeters

On the left side of a skydiving logbook entry under "Data," one can find any data logged by an FDS altimeter for that jump number. Simply click on the link to view the data. One can also compare a jump graph with up to five jumps simultaneously by entering the jump numbers into the box and pressing "Go." Use the checkboxes to modify the data and appearance of the graph.

5.4 Adding Media

On the left side of a skydiving logbook entry under Media, one can add unlimited YouTube and Facebook videos as well as Instagram pictures. To include a YouTube or Facebook video, simply click on the edit icon next to Media, then copy the address of the video into the text box and press "Add." For Instagram, go on your browser to your Instagram account, find the picture(s) you want to share and click on "Embed." Then simply copy the code and paste it into the text box and press "Add."

5.5 Tagging Associates in Jumps or Sessions

Once Associates have been added, they can be tagged in an individual entry on the left side under "Tags." Simply enter the user's name a press "Add." If a jump is found occurring within five minutes in your Followed User or Student's logbook, that jump will appear as a linked jump below "Tags."

6.1 Statistics

Click on Statistics to view stats on your jumps and sessions. The number in parentheses under "Averages" indicates the number of entries that average is based on.

7.1 Devices Interfacing With FDS Logbook

Currently, two products can interface with FDS Logbook via the FDS Altis app: SonoAlti 2 and ColorAlti 2. All future devices produced by FDS will interface with the FDS Logbook.

7.2 Viewing Device Data Files

On the main page, if you click on the Devices heading, you can view each individual data file recorded by your FDS devices. On the left side of the Devices page, one can use the filters to narrow results and also adjust the number of entries displayed per page. If you click on the headings at the top, you can sort the entries according to that heading. If you click a heading again, it will reverse the order of the entries.

8.1 Support

Please direct any questions about FDS Logbook to the FDS Forum, or contact Freefall Data Systems LLC by phone or e-mail directly.