SMS is a management system for integrating aviation safety activities into normal day-to-day business practices. ICAO & FAA envision aviation service providers will integrate SMS into their operations and management as a systematic risk-based and process-oriented approach to managing safety; including changes to necessary organizational structures, accountabilities, policies and procedures. ICAO has mandated and FAA has been considering SMS rulemaking to enhance the practice of managing safety and oversight of that management. Such an approach stresses not only compliance with technical standards, but increases emphasis on those aviation risk management systems that ensure risk management and safety assurance.
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Aviation SMS Products

Hazard Reporting Solution
Starting at
$199/Month

Hazard Reporting Solution offers incredible savings for thrifty companies needing high-quality aviation SMS software.

Risk Management Solution
Starting at
$250/Month

Risk Management Solution designed for operators with limited SMS budgets using simple user-friendly Web-based SMS tools.

Safety-Quality Assurance allows operators to advance their ICOA SMS implementations to the top level.

Enterprise
Starting at
$799/Month

SMS Pro Enterprise provides unlimited file storage space for SMS activities and access to ALL SMS Pro modules.

National & Regional SMS Data Management Challenges

We saw the enterprise-level data management nightmares that are plaguing most airports around the world as they comply with ICAO's mandate. (see ICAO Compliance Problem link) There are many competent, highly skilled safety managers working in these positions; however, they are not SMS data management professionals. This causes systemic troubles in the entire "national airport SMS organism."

 

Regional Challenges Continue From Enterprise Level...

Any attempt to get accurate, current reports from airports' SMS systems at the national level leads to suspicious and immediately outdated results. Coordinating data retrieval and data aggregation processes costs exorbitant amounts of money EACH time national or regional reports are required.

How can one perform a valid trend analysis on suspect and outdated data? Reports at the national and regional level are incredibly expensive to collate and impossible to create with any degree of accuracy. Months or a couple years may be required to compile reports identifying trends. By this time, new trends may be developing.

The following image shows the state of most regional and national airport systems.

Regional and National SMS data aggregation

Aggregating timely and accurate SMS reports at the regional or national level is practically impossible when airports are creating their own disparate systems. Furthermore, when regional airports are not "connected" to the satellite airports, data collection and report generation becomes incredibly costly and time consuming. Data needs to aggregated at lower levels in a consistent manner and stored in a centralized data source to be most effective.

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