Elrey Jeppesen would be hard pressed to recognize the company he founded in 1934. The United Air Lines pilot began taking notes as he flew his routes, and soon other pilots were borrowing them. Jeppesen quit his airline job to launch the charting operation full time, and the company grew to become the dominant private navigational data provider to the world. In 1961, it became part of the Times-Mirror companies, and in 2000, the company was acquired by Boeing. The data-collection part ...

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