This company helps map the way for pilots, mariners, and railway engineers. Jeppesen Sanderson is a leading publisher of navigation charts, reference materials, and other information products for the aviation, marine, and rail transportation industries. It offers printed and electronic navigation data along with computerized tools for planning trips and making other important calculations. Jeppesen also publishes training materials and offers logistics services for the air, marine, and rail industries. Captain E.B. Jeppesen started the business in 1934, producing the first instrument flying charts in the basement of his Salt Lake City home. Boeing, the world's largest aerospace company, owns Jeppesen Sanderson.
Like the rest of the publishing world, Jeppesen is joining the digital age as the primarily paper-based industry begins to rely heavily on electronic information. The company is using Apple's iPad tablet to offer a digital tool for pilots through Jeppesen Mobile TC -- its aviation iPad application for airport information and approach procedures. The app gives Jeppesen customers of its electronic charting subscription offering the ability to digitally access instrument charts and airport diagrams, replacing the need for paper charts and diagrams in the cockpit.
The company's C-Map offering is a leading provider of digital marine cartography and data services. In 2011 the firm launched a redesign of its C-Map by Jeppesen website with improved navigation and information delivery. The site is translated into several languages, including Italian, French, Spanish, German, and Norwegian, with tailored content for each region. The offering accommodates Jeppesen's global reach -- the company has offices at nearly 50 locations around the world.
Such product enhancements are fueled by the resources of its parent company; Jeppesen Sanderson operates as part of the commercial aviation services unit of the Boeing Commercial Airplanes division. Boeing acquired Jeppesen Sanderson from Tribune Company in 2000 for $1.5 billion. (Jeppesen had joined Tribune when that company acquired the now defunct Times Mirror. Times Mirror had purchased Jeppesen in the 1960s and merged it with its Sanderson Films.)