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How to Choose Your Aviation Safety Database Solution

Posted by Christopher Howell on May 27, 2019 6:03:00 AM

Which Aviation Safety Database Should We Choose?

Aviation safety managers become apprehensive at certain points of their careers. We see this frequently when:

  • They are making a decision to purchase an aviation safety database solution; or
  • They are setting up a new safety database for their SMS program; or
  • They are assigned to manage an existing aviation SMS database program.
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Topics: Aviation SMS Database

5 Most Important Things to Know before Buying Aviation SMS Database

Posted by Christopher Howell on Dec 6, 2018 10:00:00 AM

I Don't Need an Aviation SMS Database!...or Do I?

Many aviation service providers today are researching features and capabilities to acquire databases to address documentation requirements of their aviation safety management system (SMS). Alternatively, these operators are not looking to acquire an SMS database, but to:

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Topics: Aviation SMS Database

When to Design Your Own Aviation SMS Database

Posted by Christopher Howell on Sep 13, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Do We Need an Aviation Safety Database Yet?

Not every aviation safety manager has a budget. Let's face it. Some safety managers don't know how to ask for budget.

Many safety managers are part-time safety manager. These are line employees with full-time duties in the position they were formally hired to fill. This may be their first time being exposed to aviation safety management systems (SMS).

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Topics: Aviation SMS Database

3 Benefits of Aviation Safety Management System (SMS) Databases

Posted by Doug Walker on Aug 18, 2018 7:00:00 AM

What Are the Safety Management System Databases?

In early 2007, when we started designing and developing SMS Pro, I was mildly surprised that many aviation safety managers called a Web application to manage aviation safety events a "safety management system" (SMS) database.

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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation, Aviation SMS Database

5 Things Spreadsheets Can't do For Your SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jul 23, 2018 4:59:00 AM

Better Alternatives to Spreadsheet-Based SMS

Spreadsheet-based safety programs are incredibly common. Many of you reading this use spreadsheets to manage your SMS activities, such as documenting:

  • Gap analysis;
  • Hazard reporting activity;
  • Training and qualifications tracking;
  • Hazard and risk register;
  • Audit management; and
  • Key performance indicators.

Electronic spreadsheets are a legacy of a time after the advent of computers.  How many of you remember Lotus 1-2-3? Yes, this was a DOS based spreadsheet, but it sure beat paper! Then Microsoft Windows came along and MS Excel offered a major improvement managing lists on paper. MS Excel became very common in business operations and it is natural that they find a use tracking safety activities.

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Topics: Aviation SMS Database

How to Tell if Your Risk Management Tools Are Good

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jun 27, 2018 4:38:00 AM

Purpose of Aviation Risk Management Tools

Aviation risk management tools are designed to help you manage exposure in your SMS. Managing exposure involves a lot more than just risk analysis.

To properly keep exposure within an Acceptable Level of Safety, you need risk management tools that address all areas of the SMS 4 Pillars.

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Topics: Aviation SMS Database

Pros and Cons of In-House SMS Database and Off-the-Shelf-Solutions (COTS)

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 15, 2017 5:53:00 AM

Consider Your Business Needs

Ultimately, choosing between custom-built, in-house aviation safety management system (SMS) software and commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions comes down to three key considerations:

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Topics: Aviation SMS Database

What is the Part 5 Automation Tool?

Posted by Christopher Howell on Oct 12, 2017 4:00:00 AM

FAA Orders 14 CFR Part 5 for Part 121 Operators

In January 2016, SMS legal requirements went into effect for Part 121 operators. These requirements stem from the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) mandate:

"As of November 23, 2006 States shall require, as part of their safety programme, that an [operator, maintenance organization, ATS provider, certified aerodrome] implements a safety management system (SMS) accepted by the State that, as a minimum:

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Topics: Aviation SMS Database

5 Best Practices for Data Management in Aviation SMS Programs

Posted by Tyler Britton on Oct 11, 2017 6:08:00 AM

The Importance of Data in Aviation SMS Programs

High functioning safety management processes always have high quality data acquisition and management practices.

While the great majority of safety management system guidance is designed around the bureaucratic structure of your safety program, the basic fact is that aviation SMS programs depend as much (if not more) on bureacratic structure as on data management.

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Topics: Aviation SMS Database

What Good Hazard Reporting Process Look Like in Mature Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Oct 5, 2017 6:46:45 PM

What Is the Hazard Reporting Process

Simply put, the hazard reporting process is the primary mode of data acquisition in aviation safety management systems (SMS). Being such, a poor hazard reporting process can literally break your SMS. If that sounds unrealistic, it’s not.

Without data:

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Topics: Aviation SMS Database

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