Rather than a single new development in the electronic-cartography category, several noteworthy changes have recently taken place.
In what appears to be a move to consolidate the varied chart formats (perhaps with an eye toward true ECDIS - Electronic Chart Display and Information System, the accuracy- dependent, non-paper chart system used in commercial-marine applications - ability at the recreational level), Boeing acqui- red C-Map via its Jeppesen subsidiary. This deal adds C-Map to the Nobeltec line (which Jeppesen acquired in 2000). Jeppesen, the predominant player in both commercial- and recreational- aviation navigation, now leaps to the same position of leadership in the marine-cartography realm.
According to Jeppesen, C-Map will continue its brand name "for now," and the company expects to match up C-Map cartography with Nobeltec software this year. Jeppesen plans to continue the Club C-Map program, and you can still call in with any C-Map questions to the company's answer lines. Find more information about the companies and the cartography producers at their respective URLs: www.c-map.com and www.nobeltec.com.