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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.

What is a good risk management tool? It is a safety tool that does one or more of the following:

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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:

  • Your budget;
  • How quickly you need your software; and
  • The SMS goals of your business processes.

The first question you need to ask yourself is: What problem are you trying to solve?

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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 program, 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

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

Understanding Complex Aviation SMS Database Configurations - Portals

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jun 6, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Saving Money Implementing Aviation SMS

Not all aviation service providers are created equal.

  • Charter operators;
  • Airlines and airports;
  • Aviation maintenance organizations (AMO);
  • Flight schools; or
  • FBOs.
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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 the 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?

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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

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