NBAA Convention News

Jepp signs Avantair for eChart Viewer

 - October 19, 2010, 4:56 PM

The monthly chore of pulling and replacing Jepp chart pages in a loose-leaf binder may soon go the way of propping an airplane to start its engine as eChart Viewer, Jeppesen’s newest digital charting service, takes hold. In a brief ceremony yesterday at the Jeppesen booth (No. 3004), Avanti fractional operator Avantair became the eChart Viewer launch customer. The Web-based digital chart program provides online access worldwide from any computer anywhere, making the most current approach and en route information available to pilots at any FBO. An auto-update feature of the subscription-based eChart Viewer eliminates even the need to do a manual online search for the most current charts. Avantair became the de facto beta eChart Viewer user when Jeppesen responded to an immediate operational need of the Clearwater, Fla.-based frax operator with a custom, short-term, digital charting solution that gave Avant-air secure and seamless online access to updated electronic terminal charts and other flight information. Steven Santo, Avantair founder and CEO, said “We now look forward to a long-standing partnership with Jeppesen with our eChart Viewer digital chart solution in place that works to streamline operational efficiency and reduce costs overall.” Avantair, the sole North American provider of Piaggio Avanti fractional shares, manages a fleet of 55, with another 53 on order through 2013. Mark Van Tine, Jeppesen president and CEO, commented that eChart Viewer will help business aviation transition from paper to digital charts on the flight deck by making flight planning data available through any Internet portal. He also announced an offer for Jeppesen International Trip Planning Service subscribers, where after nine trips they will get the tenth trip free, a $5,000 value.<o:p></o:p>