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. I'm an IT guy, and when I think of a database, I"m thinking about Oracle, SQL Server, MS Access, etc.
I believe the confusion comes from pilots who are used to dealing with MS Access databases. MS Access has the ability to create forms that feed and access data from the internal database.
Therefore, I can understand how aviation safety managers, as well as many other professionals in other industries, can confuse the term "database" with "Web application."
A Web application has forms that can be accessed via the Web. These forms are tied to a centralized database, such as Oracle or SQL Server, two of the most popular enterprise-grade database programs. In this article, we are going to call the Aviation Safety Management System Database simply "SMS Database."
We will highlight the various benefits of using an SMS database at airlines, airports, flight schools and aviation maintenance organizations. These benefits will include:
- Safety Benefits;
- Business Benefits; and
- Unanticipated Benefits.