20 Mar 2012


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Electronic aerodrome charts to be supplied to AIDU

March 20, 2012 (TORONTO) – Navtech Inc., a leader in flight operations software and services, announced a multi-year contract with the UK Ministry of Defence Aeronautical Information Documents Unit (No 1 AIDU) to provide Navtech eCharts to their customers, including the Royal Air Force, the Royal Navy and The British Army.  No1 AIDU, which is choosing to concentrate on the production of military aerodrome charts, will provide Navtech’s electronic charts of commercial aerodromes to UK military services.

AIDU’s mission is to “Deliver all aeronautical information products and services to UK Defence through production, partnering or acquisition to support the achievement of Defence objectives.”  This 59 year old government department is ISO 9001 certified, and has a reputation for elite offerings.  Their production responsibilities include all aspects of aeronautical data, including arrival, departure, and in-flight data as well as digital cockpit moving map imagery.  These products and data are used for training missions, search and rescue duties, humanitarian aid and other areas of aviation military operations.

Steve Read, Aeronautical Information Requirements Manager at No 1 AIDU said: “No 1 AIDU are delighted to be working in partnership with Navtech for the supply of our civilian airfield Terminal Charting requirements. The comprehensive worldwide library coverage allows immediate access to arrival, departure and procedure information in support of UK and deployed operations. In addition to accessing Navtech charts using eCharts Office and Web, No 1 AIDU and Navtech have jointly developed the additional capability of displaying eCharts on AIDU’s own internal website, allowing both military and commercial information to be accessed at the same time. This has proven to be of great benefit for crews and flight planning staff alike in combining information sources. We look forward to our future work together and developing the supply and delivery of aeronautical information to the UK MoD as our military requirement evolves.” 

Navtech eCharts is an electronic chart viewer available on three platforms: eCharts Office for desktop use;eCharts Flight for the flight deck use; and eCharts Web for pilot briefing. The  aerodrome charts available via these applications are derived from Navtech’s growing and  expansive chart library of 60,000+ pages, supplementary text chapters and optional airline specific content.  Navtech eCharts is an innovative product, designed with touch screen GUI, night mode visualization, and an upgraded PDF-viewer, suitable for any Electronic Flight Bag  (EFB) use.

To learn more about Navtech’s eCharts and its other products and services for the aviation industry visit

To learn more about the UK Ministry of Defence or No1 AIDU visit

About Navtech, Inc. – Navtech, Inc. is a leading global provider of flight operations solutions, serving more than 350 airlines and aviation services customers.  Navtech’s product suite includes aeronautical charts, navigation data solutions, flight planning, aircraft performance software (take-off/landing, weight and balance), and crew planning solutions.  Many of Navtech’s products can be configured as part of an EFB solution, including take-off data calculation, weight and balance, and aeronautical charts.  These products directly support millions of flights each year and help Navtech customers maximize efficiency, reduce costs, ensure compliance with complex national and international safety regulations, and effectively deliver their services.

Headquartered just outside Toronto in Waterloo, Ontario — Canada’s technology center — Navtech also has locations in Stockholm, London, and Ahmedabad, India, and is further supported by satellite offices around the world.  Its home on the web is the first and only site for viewing the Navtech Aviation Poster Collection, a collection of hundreds of posters and other ephemera that capture the history of aviation through the arresting graphic design of the day.

About No1 AIDU – For more than 50 years No1 Aeronautical Information Documents Unit (No1 AIDU) has been at the forefront of the Air Cartographic world. Established in 1953 and subsequently relocated to RAF Northolt in 1957. As of 1st April 2012 No 1 AIDU will fall under the command of Joint Forces Intelligence Group and remain within the same chain of command as all military agencies, such as the Defence Geographic Centre and Mil Survey, thus providing valuable geospatial data to all aspects of HM Armed Forces.

No1 AIDU is charged with the production of all aspects of aeronautical data, including arrival, departure and in-flight data as well as some of the more specialised digital cockpit moving map imagery. With an area of coverage that may be required for training missions, search and rescue sorties, areas in need of humanitarian aid and areas of military operations it is as important as ever that No1 AIDU’s  aeronautical data “Rises above the rest”.

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