Build-a-plane journal part III: Showing off at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
Opening day at AirVenture 2013 was electrifying. The Jepp Tent this year was designed to be very inviting. We have demo stations to show all the latest technology starting with JeppFD 2.1 (Pre-Release version) and JeppFD VFR. We showed off the new iPad cases with the look and feel of the classic ring Jepp binder. Once again, this year we have a “Red Bird” simulator in the tent (very cool).
For me, AirVenture is like a family reunion for my aviation family. Today so many people came up to me and told me that they followed the progress of the “Build a Plane” project on the GAMA website.
A lot of my aviation family came up to me and wanted to know about the new VFR app. I had a few American Airline pilots ask me about JeppFD Pro and wanted to see all of the functionality of it. I had a retired FedEx pilot tell me he was sad that FedEx was using a competitor’s charts and not Jepp charts. When I told him FedEx changed back to Jepp charts he almost started to cry with happiness.
The biggest event of the day for me happened when I was honored to do an Aspen Connected Panel demo for the Lieutenant Governor of the great state of Wisconsin, Ms. Rebecca Kleefisch. As you all know, I get pretty animated during a demo, and by the end of the demo, the lieutenant governor was educated on why Oshkosh is so important to aviation as a whole. I am honored and proud to have represented Jeppesen on a high profile demo such as this one. Everyone at Jeppesen should feel proud of the work they do to make Jeppesen such a leader in the industry.
Have a great Tuesday everyone and I hope to have more photos from AirVenture.
Being at AirVenture is electrifying!
There are sights, sounds, and smells that awaken all of your aviation senses. Today was no exception!
The sight of seeing so many folks lining up out in front of the Jeppesen tent to be one of the first through the doors, hearing the sounds of radial engines as they fly by overhead, and smelling JetA fuel as jets start up to commence their afternoon performance. This and much more is what makes coming to KOSH so much fun.
Today, I attended several press conferences that focused on the “Build A Plane” program, which highlighted the building of Mark’s airplane by the students of Canby and Saline High Schools.
It is so much fun to see how busy everyone is in the Jeppesen tent.
Have a great Wednesday everyone.
Cheers from AirVenture 2013
Wednesday at AirVenture was as busy as the previous days.
As we arrived at the show today, we found ourselves at AirVenture early enough to have a few minutes to walk the grounds. It is a lot of fun to see the show grounds so tranquil in the early morning before the crowds descend onto AirVenture.
Today I was asked to do a demo for the NTSB. During the demo the message was conveyed, how the connected panel between Jeppesen and Aspen is reducing the amount of time a pilot is heads down.
Wednesday is the traditional press day at Jeppesen. There were partner members who showed up for the event along with all the press that has descended upon AirVenture. Mark talked about all the new products we have including the New FD VFR app. Mark also talked about the ”Build a Plane” project. Mark and Pete Bunce from GAMA departed the Jeppesen tent and headed for Mark’s and the BAP planes, where they presented photos of the students to each student of the BAP build.
Another fun part about today, I had the privilege to meet pilots from New Zealand, South Africa, Turkey, Holland, and Australia. After talking to these folks I realize that we live in a great country where we can fly anywhere we want to without having too many constraints.
I am looking forward to tomorrow for it is another day that I have the opportunity to show off what we do at Jeppesen to the world. Also, it is Young Eagles day, and I love all the events surrounding Young Eagles.
That is it for now, have a great Thursday everyone!
In support of Young Eagles
It is amazing that if you give away something that people will stand in line to get it. Each day at AirVenture Jeppesen gives away 500 KOSH 2013 ball caps, and the line to get one of the caps goes for about two blocks. For this reason, the Jeppesen tent is always busy.
Once again, today I did several demo’s of FD 2.1 as well as FD VFR and the connected panel. The fun demo’s of the day were with Mike Lewis of Boeing. It is fun to show how Jeppesen is working with industry to make pilot’s lives better.
Being an avid Young Eagle participant, I have the fortune to be at the Young Eagle dinner. At the dinner they introduced the new Chairman for Young Eagles and that person who will be taking the place of Sully Sullenberger and Jeff Skiles is Sean D. Tucker (the great aerobatic pilot). Sean has so much energy and will be a great Chairman for Young Eagles.
Ford Motor company builds a one off car every year and donates it to Young Eagles and this year the theme was US Air Force Thunderbirds. I would show you pictures but it would not do justice to the car.
The highlight of the event was when Mark Van Tine presented Gene Cernan (the last astronaut to have landed on the moon) a special commemorative Jepp Chart. It made me feel very proud that I work at Jeppesen.
Well looking forward to day five of the show. As Trish Qualls would say “What day is it? The First Day of the Rest of the Show.” Keep the energy up and keep having fun.
Have a great Friday everyone !!!!
Cheers from AirVenture
Meeting the Man on the Moon
Today was another great day at the Jeppesen tent at AirVenture. I forgot to mention that Jeppesen in addition to the main tent has had a booth in the Innovation Pavilion on the grounds. This booth has been a hub of activity as well. Everyone that has or will in the future work the Jeppesen tent at KOSH knows that although it is a lot of fun, it is also very hard work. You find yourself spooled up to about 110% all day working with our wonderful customers. But when the day has ended, there is very little left in the fuel tank (if you know what I mean).
Today, I had the honor to meet and talk to Capt. Gene Cernan, “The Most Recent Astronaut to Walk on the Moon” (last man to walk on the moon). Historically, Capt. Cernan flew aboard Apollo 17 and was the eleventh man to walk on the moon, and from my perspective, he is a true gentlemen. To think that this person several decades ago landed on the moon and looked back at earth, in the same way we look at the moon sent chills down my spine. This man is a true inspiration!!! Jeppesen honored Capt. Cernan with a commemorative chart at the Gathering of Eagles last night. Here is what it looked like:
After meeting Capt. Cernan, the rest of the day was a bit of a letdown. I did spent a lot of time showing off the new FD2.1 to many folks. I also chatted with several FedEx pilots who are SO happy to be back using Jepp Charts again. The new FD VFR is still gaining ground on our competitors.
Well, I am off to watch “Planes” the Disney movie (I hope I stay awake). Have a great weekend everyone.
Goodbye Oshkosh...Taking the plane to get a paint job
Wow the weekend is here, time flies when you are busy and having fun. The days are long at the Jeppesen tent and yet even late into the week the energy is still very high. The VFR app is still taking center stage, and gaining fans. A lot of our customers told us they really like the new VFR app and switched over to us from our competitors--due to the ease of use of the new VFR app. I also had several demos of the Aspen connected panel, all of which ended with a new Jeppesen customer.
Before work today, a few of us walked the grounds of AirVenture, and found ourselves standing next to FIFI the B29 bomber. She is such a majestic piece of history, that you stand there in awe thinking of all the hours it took to fully restore her. Here is a fun fact about FIFI: did you know each engine on FIFI is named? The accountants working on the restoration project for FIFI, could not grasp the concept of engine number one, engine number two, etc., so to simplify the accounting for each engine, they gave each engine a name, the engines are Ingrid, Betty, Rita and Mitzi. What a fun way to keep track of things.
The staff that has worked AirVenture for Jeppesen has been absolutely wonderful to work with. Each person knew how to complement the other and we all worked like a well-oiled machine. The one note about this year’s AirVenture--it was the coldest AirVenture that I can remember. The temps were low as well as the humidity, instead of rain ponchos I saw a lot of coats and jackets.
Tomorrow is the last day of AirVenture. I hope that you were able to gain a taste of what this show was all about through the blogging. On Monday, I head to Lincoln, Nebraska, to drop N76VT off at Duncan Aviation for paint. The process will take about two months (can’t rush perfection). Then I am headed home (just like ET), so this will be my last blog.
I am truly blessed in many ways, with my family, friends, work, relationships and having the once in a life time chance to live through such a wonderful experience as I have had with the “Build a Plane” project.
This summer has passed like a blink of an eye and yet I would not have traded it for anything. We only go through life once, so why not live it to its fullest.
It truly has been an awesome ride. Until next year or my next adventure,