The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and Jeppesen, the renowned aviation services company, announced a new corporate premier alliance today that will support many of the programs that are offered to educate and engage AOPA pilot members across the country. Jeppesen’s sponsorship will include participation in AOPA Foundation Air Safety Institute seminars, the six 2014 regional AOPA Fly-Ins and the association’s 75th Anniversary “Homecoming” Fly-In at its Frederick Md., headquarters.

“Jeppesen has played a pioneering role in aerial navigation and its innovation continues today,” said Mark Baker, AOPA president and CEO. “AOPA and Jeppesen are both in the business of supporting pilots and aircraft owners, and we’re thrilled to have Jeppesen be part of our Fly-Ins, safety seminars, and AOPA’s future.”

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 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 80th 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 ( http://ww1.jeppesen.com/aviation/mobile-efb/index.jsp ).

Under the new Jeppesen alliance, 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 1.800.621.5377 and reference offer code “AOPAPP”.

About AOPA
Since 1939, AOPA has protected the freedom to fly for thousands of pilots, aircraft owners and aviation enthusiasts. AOPA is the world’s largest aviation member association. With representatives based in Frederick, Md., Washington, D.C., and seven regions across the United States, AOPA provides member services that range from advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels to legal services, flight planning products, safety programs and award-winning media products. To learn more, visit www.aopa.org.  

Media contacts:
Brian Rantala, Jeppesen
303-328-4370
brian.rantala@jeppesen.com

Steve Hedges, AOPA
301-695-2159
steve.hedges@aopa.org