January 21, 2010

Jeppesen European VFR Charts Integrated with Avidyne Multi-Function Display Avionics Systems

Jeppesen and Avidyne announce the integration of JeppView with electronic European VFR charts for Avidyne MFD avionics systems

Englewood, Colo. | 21 Jan 2010 | By Jeppesen

Jeppesen and Avidyne Corporation today announce the integration of JeppView with electronic European VFR charts for use on Avidyne’s Entegra EX500 and EX5000 and their new EX600 Multi-Function Display (MFD) avionics systems. Avidyne Corporation is the first avionics manufacturer to integrate the Jeppesen Visual Flight Rules (VFR) electronic chart solution for the glass cockpit. The electronic VFR terminal charts (formerly known as the Bottlang Airfield Manual) provide critical navigation information for pilots flying VFR in Europe, and are geo-referenced, allowing the pilots to view their ownship position and flightplan right on the charts.

The Jeppesen VFR terminal charts library contains 2,200 airports of 29 European countries. Benefits of viewing VFR charts electronically in the glass cockpit include ease of access to VFR-specific information, including traffic patterns, reporting points and noise sensitive areas. These features help to enhance the situational awareness of pilots flying within the highly congested European airspace.

Private and commercial pilots also benefit from a reduction in paper charts in the cockpit, with Jeppesen leading the industry towards a paperless flight deck. All Jeppesen IFR and VFR terminal charts, as well as electronic text, can be backed-up through PCs for ground preparation or mobile tablet PCs in the cockpit. Additionally, this new VFR option completes the capabilities of Avidyne-equipped aircraft by allowing pilots to switch between VFR and IFR rules, depending on weather conditions or aerodromes available.

“Jeppesen and Avidyne together now offer an exciting new charting and cockpit solution for pilots in Europe, who were limited in their ability to fly VFR approaches previously,” said Thomas Wede, Jeppesen senior vice president and general manager, Aviation. “Continuing the progression of transitioning from paper charts to providing complete digital avionics navigation solutions, Jeppesen and our partner Avidyne, are providing the new chart service in response to high demand from European customers.”

Available as a certified, optional subscription, existing customers can gain access to the chart series through a software upgrade, which allows the VFR charts to be displayed on the MFD.

“Avidyne strives to continually enhance safety for new and existing customers,” said Avidyne President and CEO, Dan Schwinn. “Through our longstanding partnership with Jeppesen, we are pleased to now be able to provide European customers with this valuable region-specific chart package that makes flying in Europe easier.”

For more information on the industry-leading VFR solutions provided by Jeppesen, please visit our VFR page. For more information about Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated flight deck and safety systems for general aviation aircraft, please visit www.avidyne.com.

About Jeppesen
For 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.

About Avidyne Corporation (www.avidyne.com)
Avidyne’s continuing leadership in innovation and its Flying Made Simple™ system design make flying safer, more accessible and more enjoyable for pilots and their passengers. The company’s expanding line of products include the industry-leading Entegra integrated flight deck systems for new and existing aircraft, datalink-capable EX5000 and EX500 multi-function displays and the dual-antenna TAS600 series of active traffic advisory systems, the MLB700 broadcast datalink receiver, the MLX770 world-wide datalink transceiver, and the TWX670 Tactical Weather Detection system. Headquartered in Lincoln, MA, the company has facilities in Columbus, OH, Melbourne, FL, and Boulder, CO.

Jeppesen Media Contact:
Brian Rantala

Avidyne Corporation:
Tom Harper