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Transparency and Aviation Safety Data Security - User Roles SetUp

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 25, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Transparency Is a Philosophical Question

A high level of transparency in aviation safety management systems (SMS) is critical for creating:

  • A Just Culture.
  • A safety reporting culture.
  • A culture of safety.

I think most, if not all, aviation safety managers would agree with me on this. Aviation safety data security is commonly under control of an SMS administrator, who may also be the director of safety.

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Topics: Aviation SMS Database

How to Use Divisions in SMS-Pro's Aviation SMS Database Software

Posted by Christopher Howell on Dec 21, 2015 10:00:00 AM

What Are Divisions in SMS-Pro

This is a question that comes up a lot.

Especially when we start throwing other words into the mix like:

  • Departments;
  • Portals; and
  • Management Portals.

It can get confusing quickly. Many people ask – what’s the difference?

Aviation safety management systems (SMS) have considerable SMS documentation requirements that become more difficult to manage as years pass.

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Topics: Aviation SMS Database

Common Question: What Are Divisions in My Aviation Safety Management System

Posted by Christopher Howell on Nov 6, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Do You Understand Aviation SMS Solutions' Architecture?

After a dozen years being an aviation safety management systems (SMS) database architect, I have heard just about every question imaginable about aviation safety software.

Among the most common questions we get are:

  • What is a division in your aviation SMS database; and
  • How many divisions do I need?

Before we answer this question, we should familiarize you with the overall architecture of an aviation SMS database solution.

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Topics: Aviation SMS Database

3 Benefits of Aviation Safety Management System (SMS) Databases

Posted by Doug Walker on Aug 4, 2015 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. 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.
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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation, Aviation SMS Database

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