Apodino From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 4472 posts, RR: 5 Posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4086 times:
One thing that amazes me about the airline industry. Jeppesen has been making the charts used by the airlines for many, many, many years yet its a company that very few people, especially airline passengers, have heard of. Yet the company has been responsible for providing accurate navigational information to the airlines for many years, that I think they deserve some credit. DEN gave them that somewhat by naming the terminal there after the founder, Elrey Jeppesen. Is anyone with agreement on this?
That having been said, their products are not cheap, and do incur a cost to all the airlines. The NOS publishes similar charts at a cheaper rate. Do you think any airline might swith to NOS charts to save money given the financial state they are all in? It doesn't seem likely to me, but its a question I thought was worth asking.
Saab2000 From Switzerland, joined Jun 2001, 1621 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3963 times:
Jeppesen is the world standard. At SWISS we had a system of different charts. In some ways they were better, but in other ways they were inferior. I don't know why we had a different system, but that was the way it was.
I would be surprised if anyone in the airline business ever switched over to the US government charts. But if I flew privately I would almost certainly use them as they are affordable.
JeffSFO From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 848 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3839 times:
Quoting Apodino (Reply 6): Jeppesen himself said he didn't start making the charts for profit, he did it to stay alive.
My father, who was a TWA captain, told me that Jeppesen was a pilot for UA who made his own charts to aid him in navigation to various airports, etc. They were so useful that he made a business out of it.
Interestingly enough, my father created his own customized cheat sheets similar to the charts available through Jeppesen and they were a big hit with the people he flew with.