At a press conference here yesterday, Jeppesen introduced a new jet fuel purchasing program, Jeppesen World Fuel Services. After evaluating companies to offer its customers competitively priced fuel worldwide, Jeppesen formed an alliance with World Fuel Services, which supplies fuel at 1,500 airports around the world.
Jeppesen has launched its Flight Operations Service to support operators who are constrained by limited resources. The unit will deliver complete dispatch services intended to appeal to those companies who want to remain focused on running healthy operations without making large investments in dispatch and flight operations support departments.
Jeppesen recently announced the release of two flight-planning interfaces, one browser-based and one using TCP/IP communication protocol, for its JetPlan flight-planning software.
Staff members at Jeppesen’s International Trip Planning Services centers in the U.S. and UK are adding security to the list of capabilities FBOs should demonstrate to be listed as a preferred ground handler.
Defined as FBOs that are capable of “repeatedly delivering world-class handling services,” preferred ground handlers are now judged not only on their ability to offer unparalleled service but also on security practices.
A Challenger 601 equipped with the Pro Line 21 Continuum avionics system from Rockwell Collins has completed initial flight tests, said the company. Certification of the package is expected in the next few months and will bring to eight the total number of Continuum development programs for business jets. The Challenger 601 installation features four 8- by 10-in.
Aeronautical chart provider Jeppesen is experiencing first hand some of the angst that can accompany a business’s transition to the brave new world of digital product and service marketing. In Jepp’s case problems arose from glitches with its FliteDeck electronic approach chart software, a recent version of which wreaked serious havoc by locking up users’ computers.
Several new services and alliances have been added to Flightneeds.com, a Web site providing weather data, FBO information, airport descriptions, charter guides and other flight-planning resources. Among the new additions is “FBO pre-advisal,” which permits pilots to go online, contact participating FBOs and order fuel, rental cars, hotel reservations, ramp space, conference rooms, newspapers and other amenities.
Jeppesen announced it has been selected to provide worldwide weather information and forecasts for use by subscribers of the Merlin airborne weather system in development by Dulles, Va.-based Satellink Technologies. Scheduled for availability this spring, Merlin will provide real-time weather to aircraft in flight, including high-resolution color weather charts and Notams supplied by Jeppesen.
Gulfstream Aerospace received an STC for the installation of the Northstar Technologies Flight Deck Organizer in the GIV and GIV-SP. The system combines a complete Jeppesen approach chart database with a moving-map display. System cost, including installation, is about $50,000, not including the chart subscription. The Savannah, Ga. manufacturer is working to obtain an STC for the system on the GII, GIII and GV.
As the FAA continues to wrestle with the issue of whether to allow portable electronic devices to be used for viewing approach charts during commercial IFR operations, pilots of Part 91 business jets who have been flying with the so-called electronic flight bag (EFB) computers for the past year are expressing generally favorable opinions of the devices.