October 19, 2010

Avantair is First to Deploy New Jeppesen eChart Viewer Digital Navigation Solution for Business Aviation Operators

Avantair is first business aviation operator to implement new Jeppesen eChart Viewer service that eliminates manual chart revisions

NBAA Convention, Atlanta, Ga. | 19 Oct 2010 | By Jeppesen

Jeppesen today introduces a new digital charting solution for the business aviation community – Jeppesen eChart Viewer. The Web-based digital charting solution provides online chart access worldwide and includes an auto-update service that eliminates the need for manual chart updates. The online capability now allows pilots to print charts on-the-go from any computer and serves as a valuable pre-flight planning tool. Jeppesen eChart Viewer also offers enhanced Jeppesen Airway Manual text in HTML format and provides enhanced IFR and VFR chart viewing and search capabilities.

Jeppesen introduced the new eChart Viewer service to the marketplace in coordination with a public signing of a service agreement today with Avantair, the only publicly traded stand-alone private aircraft operator, the initial customer of the digital charting service. Avantair is a leading U.S.-based provider of fractional aircraft ownership and flight hour time cards. Prior to the service agreement signing, Jeppesen previously developed a short-term custom digital charting solution for Avantair, to resolve an immediate operational need. This system allowed Avantair to securely and seamlessly access updated electronic terminal charts and other flight information online.

“We are extremely pleased with the Jeppesen digital charting service that we have instituted at Avantair, especially considering the rapid timeframe that was in place for developing and implementing the service for our jet fleet,” said Steven Santo, Avantair founder and CEO. “We now look forward to a long-standing partnership with Jeppesen with our eChart Viewer digital chart information solution in place that works to streamline operational efficiency and reduce costs overall.”
The introduction of Jeppesen eChart Viewer helps business aviation operators transition to the use of digital flight information instead of paper-based materials on the flight deck, which increases the speed and organization of information delivery.

“We are proud to introduce Avantair today as our initial eChart Viewer customer as they take advantage of the operational benefits provided by our new digital charting services, said Mark Van Tine, Jeppesen president and CEO. “Jeppesen eChart Viewer now provides the business aviation community with a means for operating digitally and has eliminated the need for manual updates.”

For more information on the industry-leading navigation, operations, training and optimization solutions provided by Jeppesen for the business aviation community, please visit our business aviation solutions site

About Avantair
Avantair, the only publicly traded stand-alone private aircraft operator and the sole North American provider of fractional shares, flight time cards and Axis Club Membership in the Piaggio Avanti aircraft, is headquartered in Clearwater, FL, with approximately 450 employees. The Company offers private travel solutions for individuals and businesses traveling within its service area, which includes the continental United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico, at a fraction of the cost of whole aircraft ownership. The Company currently manages a fleet of 55 aircraft, with another 53 Piaggio Avanti aircraft on order through 2013. For more information about Avantair, please visit: www.avantair.com.

About Jeppesen
For more than 75 years Jeppesen has made it possible for pilots and their passengers to safely and efficiently reach their destinations. Today this pioneering spirit continues as Jeppesen delivers essential information and optimization solutions to improve the efficiency of air, sea and rail operations around the globe. Jeppesen is a subsidiary of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, a unit of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

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Brian Rantala