November 11, 2010
By Ian J. Twombly
Jeppesen announced a number of new products and product upgrades Nov. 11 at AOPA Aviation Summit in Long Beach, Calif.
172 Total Training As part of a growing initiative to offer aircraft-specific training information that standard printing costs never allowed, Jeppesen introduced a Cessna 172-specific course called Total Training.
This is the company’s second type-specific course, building on the Diamond DA40 course issued last year. According to company representatives, Cessna 172 Total Training is “meant to be a gap between training courses and supplemental guides.” It’s a self-contained set of resources, such as checklists, maneuvers guides, and more that are dedicated to ensuring a student or pilot fully understands the specific details of a particular model. The course will be available starting in mid-December.
Sky Manager In an effort to help flight schools with the business of training pilots, Jeppesen also announced Sky Manager. Sky Manager includes numerous resources and modules flight schools rely on, including scheduling, maintenance management, and syllabus integration.
Although Jeppesen said there are four flight school launch customers at this time, it plans to give wide distribution to the product by the end of the year.
Jeppview Express Many pilots only need charts for a certain area or region. Jeppesen, which has traditionally only offered large regional coverage areas as a subscription, is now offering smaller regions and states as part of its new Jeppview Express subscription service. Jeppesen’s larger areas weren’t competitive with the FAA on price, so the ability to get a smaller area is beneficial both for chart management and cost savings.
VFR+GPS subscription Jeppesen’s new VFR+GPS charts are now available on yearly subscriptions. Pilots who subscribe will automatically receive the applicable Area and En route charts in the mail each revision cycle. As an added incentive, subscribers will also receive a discount from the full retail price.
Flyvie strategic relationship Jeppesen and Flyvie, which sells cameras and applications geared to the flight training industry, announced a strategic partnership at the show. Although specific details are yet to be firmed up, it’s clear that Jeppesen and Flyvie will integrate resources such as syllabi with the equipment that allows students to review flights.
“Through this partnership with Flyvie, we have the opportunity to improve the effectiveness of flight training and the methodologies used to train the next generation of general aviation pilots .”—Ian J. Twombly
Flight Training Editor Ian J. Twombly joined AOPA in 2003 and is an instrument flight instructor.
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