Skydiving is an inherently risky activity that can lead to injury or death. All skydiving equipment is subject to failure.
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. The logbook fulfills all requirements for logging outlined by the USPA in Section 3-1 of the Skydivers Information Manual. Most FDS altimeters besides SonoAlti 3V and 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.
Go to FDS Logbook. An e-mail is required to sign up for FDS Logbook; after establishing a password 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, signatures, media and tags associated with that jump. Shifting jump numbers will delete any signature associated with that jump number.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 the "Save" button in the upper right hand corner. Make certain to only get a verifying signature for a jump after you are finished editing that jump, or else the signature for that jump will be erased; if you edit after receiving a signature, the jump will have to be signed and verified again after editing. This is a requirement of the United States Parachute Association for digital logging and maintains the integrity of the system.
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.
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."
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."
Click on a particular entry, and then click the "Edit" button on the top right. At the bottom you will find a signature field. This is best edited on a computer with a track pad, although a mouse can be used as well. Press down on the track pad just as you would press a pen down on paper and enter a signature and license number, then click the "Save" button at the top right. To delete a signature that is already in the logbook, simply clicking the edit button erases the signature associated with a jump (in order to preserve logging integrity). Changing a jump number under Administration will also delete the signature associated with that jump.
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.
Currently, two products can interface with FDS Logbook via the FDS Altis app: SonoAlti G2 and ColorAlti G2. All future devices produced by FDS will interface with the FDS Logbook.
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.
For each data file, one can download the data viewable in the graphs as a CSV file for custom processing in other programs. Simply click on the "Go" button next to "Export Data to CSV" after selecting the parameters you want to export in the checkboxes (Altitude, Vertical Descent Speed, Temperature). Although there is no time data exported, for DigiAlti, ColorAlti G2, SonoAlti G2 and SonoAlti 2V, each data point is recorded exactly 1 second apart (as can be seen in the graphs in FDS Logbook as well).
Please direct any questions about FDS Logbook to the FDS Forum, or contact Freefall Data Systems LLC by phone or e-mail directly.