Jepp Celebrates 75th Anniversary; Partners With Aspen, SOLIDFX
When Elrey Jeppesen in 1934 created the first aeronautical chart, he probably had no idea he was founding a company that would become one of the most well-known in aviation. Since then, the technology has changed a bit, as have the charts, and the company is celebrating its 75th year of traditional charting by partnering with two much newer, non-traditional companies, Aspen Avionics and SOLIDFX. Last week at AirVenture Oshkosh, the three announced agreements to display Jeppesen data on Aspen and SOLIDFX in-cockpit hardware solutions.
With Aspen Avionics, Jeppesen has partnered to aggregate its NavData, obstacle, terrain and cultural data for display on Aspen's Evolution Flight Display products. "We are honored to be the first company to have implemented the Jeppesen integrated database into our products," said John Uczekaj, president and CEO of Aspen Avionics, adding the new partnership "will add tremendous value" to his company's products. The SOLIDFX FX10, meanwhile, will display Jeppesen terminal procedure charting and textual information on an iRex e-book reader. "In SOLIDFX and iRex, we saw partners with the experience and expertise to bring Jeppesen electronic charts to another class of portable devices, making them more accessible to a greater number of pilots," said Thomas Wede, Jeppesen senior vice president and general manager, aviation. The hardware used by SOLIDFX, the iRex Digital Reader 1000S, can be used for reading books and newspapers as a conventional e-book reader when not in the cockpit.