Jeppesen and Bad Elf team up on wireless flight data transfers for business aviation


Jeppesen has unveiled a new mobile version of its Jeppesen Distribution Manager (JDM) flight data update technology as part of its strategic alliance with Bad Elf, an aviation hardware and software solutions provider.

The two companies have established a wireless data transfer system for aircraft owners and operators, using JDM Mobile and the Bad Elf Wombat portable device to update avionics data cards. This allows pilots to update their avionics with current data before taking off.

Mike Abbott, director, Jeppesen data solutions, product and portfolio management, said, “Previously, many aircraft operators needed to update data cards off-site, which often meant working a long distance from their aircraft due to a dependency on traditional landline PC technology.

“Through our relationship with Bad Elf, most of our general and business aviation customers will now be able to use JDM Mobile and the Wombat device to wirelessly update essential charts and data, right in the cockpit.

“This capability also extends to tens of thousands of customers operating legacy avionics that are not designed for wireless navigation data update capabilities.”

Jeppesen navigation data is developed from a comprehensive aviation database, which is made up of more than one million records. To ensure accuracy, Jeppesen flight information analysts edit and verify approximately 150,000 database transactions generated from worldwide aviation data source documents during every 28-day revision cycle.

John Cunningham, CEO, Bad Elf, added, “We are excited to team with Jeppesen to provide a world-class mobile experience, related to what had become a tedious task for general and business aviation pilots to update their data.

“With Wombat, pilots can easily collect flight and engine logs for analysis by several partner apps and services. We look forward to providing wireless data transfer capabilities with Jeppesen for the leading avionics platforms of choice.”

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