I started flying hang gliders in 1985, paragliders in 1992. Virtually every flight I've ever done is logged, the early days in those little red flight log books from USHGA, later in a notebook on pre-printed accounting sheets, then on printed forms I laid out in a word processor. When I started test flying for Wills Wing I logged notes in little notepads that I would then transcribe to my forms. Around 1998 I switched from paper logs to an Excel spreadsheet, which is why the detailed logs only go back to 1998. I've imported the flights for 1995-1997 from Wills Wing's records, so most don't have any location or airtime info (yet).
In 2001 I got a Handspring Visor PDA and set up a memo format for logging test flights with that, for later copy-and-paste transcription. Eventually I transferred my Excel spreadsheet to a PostGreSQL database, with awk and bash scripts that would read the PDA and update the database, plus an Open Office form for entering and editing flights directly. I went with PostGres to force myself to learn about using it, as I was already familiar with Access and MySQL. In 2005 I got a Garmin Geko GPS, adding another layer to my flight logging. Here in April 2007 I've just exported the PostGreSQL database to MySQL, a tedious afternoon of tweaking the 1158-entry text file from the PGAccess export wizard into SQL that MySQL would accept. It actually nearly worked on the first try - just the odd stray quotation mark here and there. I changed it to MySQL so I could more readily adapt it to the web - this webhost only offers MySQL, and I've built up a library of handy MySQL accesing routines in PHP. Changing the awk and bash scripts to dump into MySQL was simple, but changing the OpenOffice form was perplexing until I checked the column format for the launch_time field in the DataNavigator - it was still set for the format from PostGreSQL.
I do plan to transcribe the logs from the various notebooks, working backwards, but I'm not in any hurry to do that :) Another low-priority task will be to correlate my logs with Wills Wing's production database, because I only started recording the serial numbers of the gliders I flew in 9/99. I've already made some headway on that - imported info on gliders flown from mid-1995 through 12/1997; should be relatively easy to fill in the details from my written logs (filling in details for all of 1997 took several sessions.). I have later WW info prepared to xref with my logs, but it'll take some hunting for discrepancies and pondering to get them all sorted out. I'll defer to WW records where there are outright conflicts. The layout of this page will surely change quite a bit - probably tabs for the individual years with another pane for showing my comments and other recorded details of a flight.
I'll add some statistical info and counts of gliders flown and such as I feel motivated or think of coding variations. Since my flying is split between test-fly days, where I do 3-6 flights of anywhere from 5-25 minutes, and fun flying where I fly once for 1-2 hours, overall averages would be rather meaningless. Splitting the flights into various classes will help, but that's another task (HG vs. PG aren't even currently distinguished - you have to know the models).
I'll add keys for my abbreviations of sites and models flown. The models listed as 'Falcon KLH' are the one of the two Falcon 225's I've owned and use for fun flights and tandems. I don't really know why I've written even this much as notes, since this can't really be of much interest to anyone but myself. I'm not even sure it's useful to me, but website scripting w/databases is what I do...
So the flight logs here only go back to 1998. Back in the mid-90's I had several years running of 100-150 hours airtime. That dropped off a bit as domestic-bliss-related things took over, including long summer vacations. The bliss stopped in early 2004, so annual airtime has picked up again. In early 2006 I changed from being a WW employee full-time to contracting with them to do website maintenance so I could pursue growth in other areas (website design business, usefully filling former wasted commuting hours, waistline expansion...) though I've rejoined the regular test-fly crew as of the end of 2006. OK, that's more than you wanted to know, I'm sure...
Flights from 1/1/95-8/22/97 have no airtime info yet.