Jeppesen’s Jim Terpstra, who wrote “Chart Clinic” for AOPA Pilot for several years, has received the Pioneer Award from the Airline Avionics Institute (AAI) for advancing flight information technology.
The “Chart Clinic” series from 1998 to 2000 aided pilots in understanding paper charts. It was followed by a “NavData Chart Clinic” in 2000 and 2001, followed by an “Electronic Chart Clinic” in 2002. All the articles are available at the “Chart Clinic” link above.
Terpstra is only the ninth recipient of AAI’s Pioneer Award, which is designated for those who have made unique and lasting contributions to commercial avionics and flight simulation.
Terpstra played a key role in the introduction of NavData as a commercial product and, as the aviation industry has become increasingly data dependent, he has worked tirelessly to ensure the availability of data in common, consistent formats. While retired, he continues to consult for Jeppesen.
Terpstra was a driving force behind the industry shift from paper-based navigational information to electronic charts. He led Jeppesen’s early adoption of computers to compile, draft and maintain aeronautical charts, and later led the development of electronic charts for use both on the ground and in flight.
Terpstra has an airline transport pilot certificate with single- and multiengine ratings, and has flown more than 6,100 hours. He also is an FAA Gold Seal flight instructor.
“Jim is a tremendous leader,” said Mark Van Tine, Jeppesen president and CEO. “Jeppesen and the industry as a whole have benefited from his willingness to share his knowledge and expertise for the betterment of the industry. His passion for aviation safety is principally one of his hallmark qualities.”