Jeppesen Celebrates 10 Years in Electronic Chart Business
This year marks the 10th since Jeppesen started supplying aircraft operators with electronic navigation charts. For many, digital charts and maps have matured slowly from a promising yet unproven technology to an everyday necessity.
Jeppesen approach, en route and airport charts are hosted on so-called electronic flight bags (EFB). Class-2 EFBs are normally portable touch-screen computers mounted in the cockpit, while class-3 hardware is increasingly being integrated with the avionics for display of e-charts on the cockpit displays, said Thomas Wede, a Jeppesen senior vice president. Both classes can host the same software, although a moving aircraft symbol can be shown only on charts displayed on class-3 EFBs.
“We are quickly becoming a software company,” Wede said, noting that customers no longer call Jeppesen “the boys with the books,” a reference to the thick chart binders it has for years provided to airline and business-jet flight crews.