Avbug, your employer never inspected your logbook to ensure you were not logging phantom hours? And your next employer never checked with the previous employer that your books weren't a figment of your vast imagination, logging hours spent on Microsoft Flight Sim, landing Learjets on the Enterprise?
As Chief Pilot I would check all the pilots' logbooks each month and stamp them as correct. Same in the military, same in the police.
My logbooks have been heavily vetted, in some cases over the course of several hours by government, 135, 121, corporate, fractional, etc. Yes, a number of employers have looked over my records, and I've often been subject to comprehensive background checks, PRIA paperwork, clearances, etc...it all gets looked over. I said nothing different.
I did state that I've never had an employer tell me how to log time, nor would I entertain such counsel. It's not their logbook.
My logbooks are kept in accordance with the regulation.
Engine start to engine shut down is not found in the regulation, nor is any connection with what the employer charges.
If your employer tacks on an hour to all flights as a matter of billing policy, does that mean you get to log an extra hour of flight time? Think about it.
As for putting a stamp in an employees logbook, that wouldn't fly with me. It's not your logbook. Keep your boogerhook and toys clear.
When I originally got my ATP written authorization, it was at a time when the FAA examined the logbooks and verified the time. Back then, having the authorization to take the written had some meaning, because it represented a ratification by the FAA that the logbook had been examined and the time as presented, accepted. That went away, but even the FAA in their scrutiny (they called former employers, verified aircraft registration, employment, etc) never put a mark in my logbook. I did get an authorization from them, but not in my log.
I present my logbooks during carding with the government when getting a card to fly fire. I present them in interviews, and the insurance companies care about my experience, training, and history. My training and pilot records are ordered each time I work with a 135 operator. Every job application I've filled out wanted a work history, and former employers get calls. It's not a particularly large industry; people know people, and it's not so easy to falsify without being discovered; the potential to get away with it shrinks exponentially the longer one is in the business, and after several decades, I very much doubt I'd get away with much. To date, no one has ever found fault with my logbooks. I doubt anyone ever will.
I have found no need to pad the logbooks, and don't log beyond what's prescribed in the regulation. I hear conversations all the time revolving around what people think they should log, or what their employer suggests, or what they do based on their pay, yada, yada, yada. The matter of what goes in the logbook is spelled out in the regulation, and for pilots in the US, clarified with FAA Chief and Regional Legal Counsel letters of interpretation. We've covered that here before.
Edited by avbug, 22 February 2017 - 22:54.