In a rare case in aviation, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing Jeppesen Sanderson (a Boeing property) for its part in aiding so-called “extraordinary rendition” flights. Specifically, the suit says that Jeppesen Dataplan provided support in the form of flight planning and handling for flights conducted primarily by the CIA to take alleged terrorists overseas to be tortured.
U.S. flight data specialist Jeppesen, represented here at EBACE 2007 by its German and UK offices (Booth No. 1105), is celebrating the centenary of its founder Capt. Elrey B. Jeppesen, as well as the company’s 30 years of providing its international trip-planning service (ITPS).
Jeppesen has assembled a team of engineers to look into complaints by users that the company’s latest electronic charting software, JeppView FlightDeck 3.0, can cause electronic flight bag (EFB) computers to crash without warning. Since April, dozens of business aircraft flight crews have apparently experienced the software glitch, which is said to affect EFB products from a number of suppliers.
Back in the early 1930s, when Capt. Elrey Jeppesen first started delivering airmail to remote towns and cities in the Western U.S. in single-engine Boeing biplanes, aviation most assuredly leaned more toward art than science.
MedAire, the Phoenix-based company that provides medical training and emergency medical assistance, is the newest supplier to join Jet Fleet International (JFI). Under the arrangement, MedAire will offer discounts to business aviation members of JFI.
Jeppesen recently kicked off a five-year plan to introduce a “fully integrated line of new JAA training products.” The first, a revised set of ATPL training texts, is scheduled to be released this fall and will replace the current ATPL manuals. Over the next three years Jeppesen will also produce training manuals for other JAA licenses and certifications, including the commercial pilot license and instrument rating.
Two new worldwide weather map products–icing and turbulence forecasts–are now available from Jeppesen of Englewood, Colo. Both forecast maps use intuitive color scales to indicate forecast areas of light, moderate or severe activity. For the U.S., customers may view data for current conditions as well as forecast data at 3-, 6-, 12-, 18- and 24-hour intervals.
Jeppesen has undertaken an ambitious yearlong effort to survey taxiways and ramp areas at high-use airports throughout the world. Using GPS surveying equipment, Jeppesen engineers plan to establish precise reference points on airports and compare them with digitized satellite imagery.
Jeppesen’s UK office is now co-located with Boeing Alteon’s new London Gatwick Training Center. The move is intended to provide Jeppesen’s UK operation with room to grow and the ability to expand its range of international trip-planning services. In addition, the Jeppesen UK office now has in place a call center that handles general aviation sales and customer service for the region. Operations at the training facility began last July.
A majority of professional pilots have earned a flight instructor rating as the first stepping stone on their aviation career path. However, keeping that hard-achieved rating means religiously renewing it every two years.