May 5, 2014
By AOPA Communications staff
AOPA and Jeppesen, the renowned aviation services company, announced a new corporate premier partnership May 5 that will support many of the programs that educate and engage AOPA members across the country. Jeppesen’s partnership will include support and participation in AOPA Foundation Air Safety Institute seminars, the 2014 regional AOPA Fly-Ins, and the association’s seventy-fifth anniversary Homecoming Fly-In at its Frederick, Md., headquarters
“Jeppesen has played a pioneering role in providing pilot services and that innovation continues today,” said AOPA President Mark Baker. “Supporting pilots and aircraft owners is a fundamental mission of both organizations, and we’re thrilled to have Jeppesen as a partner in our efforts to grow and serve the pilot community.”
The AOPA Corporate Partnership program helps fund AOPA’s core mission: Protecting the freedom to fly. AOPA members will benefit from Jeppesen’s support through AOPA Foundation Air Safety Institute seminars, which qualify as the ground portion of the FAA Wings program.
“AOPA provides significant representation, advocacy, and leadership for the aviation community while at the same time working hard to create sustainable forums that educate and promote aviation to the public," said Jeppesen CEO Mark Van Tine. “We are very pleased to renew our long standing alliance with AOPA.”
Jeppesen, which this year is celebrating its eightieth anniversary, has played a legendary role in American aviation. It was established in 1934—just five years before AOPA—by Elrey Borge Jeppesen, a pilot who devised the first hand-drawn aeronautical charts, replete with landmarks and hazards. His charts were purchased by other pilots and airlines eventually adopted Jeppesen charts and instrument approach procedures for many airports.
Today the company still offers chart services, as well as training, a range of pilot services, and a variety of electronic products, including Mobile FliteDeck and FliteDeckVFR.
Under the new Jeppesen partnership, AOPA members who purchase a one-year subscription to JeppView with Mobile FliteDeck by June 30 will receive three additional months of service free. The service includes two or four installations so members can install JeppView on a PC and download Mobile FliteDeck at no extra cost. Plus, members will receive access to MyFlitePlan Online for all flight planning needs. To sign up, call Jeppesen Customer Service at 800/964-6081 and reference offer code “AOPAPP.”
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