Captain Elrey Jeppesen had a colorful flying career even before starting the worldwide navigation products company that bears his name today. He began flying as a barnstormer with Tex Rankin’s Flying Circus in Oregon. Following the Great Depression, Jeppesen flew air mail in Boeing 4OBs in a time when no adequate navigational systems or information for pilots existed. “Jepp” realized the need for accurate navigational aids for pilots, and at the age of 23, he began developing manuals for safer navigation. The manuals and charts proved effective, and United Airlines soon bought the charts for their pilots. During World War II, “Jepp Charts” were adapted by the Navy as their standard flight manual. Today, “Jepp charts” are synonymous with flying general aviation and commercial aircraft in both VFR and IFR conditions. Any pilot who has completed IFR flight training surely has spent many hours studying Jeppesen approach plates.