Monday, November 10, 2014

Aviation SMS Software - Vendor Dashboard

Vendor Dashboard 








About NWDS - founded in 2003 by six software engineers, NorthWest Data Solutions (NWDS) provides custom computer programming and systems design services. NWDS creates many types of software, including e-commerce, financial, defense, engineering, logistics, aviation and more. In 2007, NWDS developed SMS Pro™ a web based SMS application that supports an organization's overall SMS through safety reporting, safety documentation, safety risk management and safety assurance. SMS Pro™ is currently used by aviation organizations in the U.S., Canada, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East to help manage their SMS programs. NWDS continues to support SMS Pro™ and add new functionality. NWDS offers custom contract programming services in the U.S. and Canada and is managed by Chris Howell, one of the founders. Their headquarters is in Anchorage, Alaska. For information on NWDS visit their website at www.nwds-ak.com and www.asms-pro.com to learn more about SMS Pro™.

Aviation SMS Software - Auditing Dashboard

Auditing Dashboard 

Managing aviation safety audits should be easy and intuitive. Corrective actions should be tracked and managed in the airline or airports risk management system. Below is a screenshot of SMS Pro's auditing dashboard where you can navigate to create/edit auditing forms, schedule safety audits, view the calendar view of scheduled audits and perform audits.

To learn more about the Aviation Safety Audit Suite, follow this link.






About NWDS - founded in 2003 by six software engineers, NorthWest Data Solutions (NWDS) provides custom computer programming and systems design services. NWDS creates many types of software, including e-commerce, financial, defense, engineering, logistics, aviation and more. In 2007, NWDS developed SMS Pro™ a web based SMS application that supports an organization's overall SMS through safety reporting, safety documentation, safety risk management and safety assurance. SMS Pro™ is currently used by aviation organizations in the U.S., Canada, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East to help manage their SMS programs. NWDS continues to support SMS Pro™ and add new functionality. NWDS offers custom contract programming services in the U.S. and Canada and is managed by Chris Howell, one of the founders. Their headquarters is in Anchorage, Alaska. For information on NWDS visit their website at www.nwds-ak.com and www.asms-pro.com to learn more about SMS Pro™.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Aviation Safety Software - Quick View

Web Based Aviation SMS Software for Airlines, Airports, Maintenance




Not all airlines and airports require all the tools that SMS Pro offers.

Eligible Operators for SMS Pro's Web Based Aviation Safety Management System Software


  • Unmanned Aviation
  • Ultralight Vehicles
  • Air Carriers and Commercial Operators
  • Domestic, Flag, and Supplemental Operations
  • Airplanes with Seating Capacity > 20 Passengers or a Payload > 6,000 Pounds 
  • Foreign carrier or operator of U.S. Aircraft
  • Rotorcraft External-Load Operations
  • Commercial Air Tours and National Parks Air Tour Management
  • Agricultural Aircraft Operations
  • Airports
  • Flight Schools
  • Training Centers
  • Repair Stations
  • Aviation Maintenance Technicians Schools


More information about aviation SMS software can be found at:




About NWDS - founded in 2003 by six software engineers, NorthWest Data Solutions (NWDS) provides custom computer programming and systems design services. NWDS creates many types of software, including e-commerce, financial, defense, engineering, logistics, aviation and more. In 2007, NWDS developed SMS Pro™ a web based SMS application that supports an organization's overall SMS through safety reporting, safety documentation, safety risk management and safety assurance. SMS Pro™ is currently used by aviation organizations in the U.S., Canada, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East to help manage their SMS programs. NWDS continues to support SMS Pro™ and add new functionality. NWDS offers custom contract programming services in the U.S. and Canada and is managed by Chris Howell, one of the founders. Their headquarters is in Anchorage, Alaska. For information on NWDS visit their website at www.nwds-ak.com and www.asms-pro.com to learn more about SMS Pro™.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

New MSDS Module in Aviation SMS Software

Managing MSDS Data Sheets For Your Organization

For many years, SMS Pro has maintained a library for airlines and airports to manage their MSDS documents. Whenever an airline or airport wanted to add another MSDS item to the list, they would contact tech support and we'd add it.

New Ability to Manage Your MSDS Sheets

Our limitation was that the MSDS sheets in our aviation SMS software product were only in English. When users wanted to browse MSDS products in their own language, they would be disappointed. The new MSDS module in SMS Pro allows operators to add their own sheets to the library based on language, whether it is English, Spanish, French, German or Chinese.

Below is a screenshot of the new MSDS module.
Aviation SMS Software With MSDS Management

SMS Pro does not add new modules to your SMS program without your permission. Like other modules, you must request this to be added.

You may delete MSDS sheets that you don't want to view in your portal. Don't worry about others deleting your MSDS sheets that you add. Other portals can only hide MSDS sheets that you add.


More information about aviation SMS software can be found at:




About NWDS - founded in 2003 by six software engineers, NorthWest Data Solutions (NWDS) provides custom computer programming and systems design services. NWDS creates many types of software, including e-commerce, financial, defense, engineering, logistics, aviation and more. In 2007, NWDS developed SMS Pro™ a web based SMS application that supports an organization's overall SMS through safety reporting, safety documentation, safety risk management and safety assurance. SMS Pro™ is currently used by aviation organizations in the U.S., Canada, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East to help manage their SMS programs. NWDS continues to support SMS Pro™ and add new functionality. NWDS offers custom contract programming services in the U.S. and Canada and is managed by Chris Howell, one of the founders. Their headquarters is in Anchorage, Alaska. For information on NWDS visit their website at www.nwds-ak.com and www.asms-pro.com to learn more about SMS Pro™.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Using Free SMS Pro Starter Kit - Video Quick Guide

Using the Free Aviation Safety Management Software Tools

free aviation safety management systems (SMS) software for airlines, airports, aviation maintenance, flight schools

Scores of airlines, airports, flight schools, aviation maintenance providers and SMS consultants have signed up to use the free aviation safety management systems (SMS) software provided by SMS Pro. This is the second time SMS Pro has provided free aviation SMS software to the aviation community. The first time occurred from December 2010 to December 2012.

Aviation Safety Portals are NOT Automatically Created This Time

Each request for the new SMS Pro Starter Kit is reviewed and vetted to ensure each applicant is qualified to use the free aviation safety software. Companies with existing aviation safety portals are not given access to the new SMS Pro Starter Kit because their existing free SMS Pro Lite subscription has more features than this new, simplified aviation safety tool-kit.

In addition, users of the new SMS Pro Starter Kit can create their own subscription without contacting sales. When you know you want a particular module, such as the Hazard Register, you can add that to your portal without fussing with a quote.

Important! Flight Schools Get Special Pricing on Aviation Safety Software

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If you are a flight school, we urge you not to start a subscription from the SMS Pro Starter Kit before contacting sales@nwds-ak.com. Flight Schools receive special pricing because we want your students to recognize (and possibly recommend) SMS Pro when they work for other companies.

Quick Video of Free Aviation Safety Management Software




Haven't Signed Up Yet for Free Aviation Safety Software?

As of April 7th, there are still approximately 100 portals available. Our expected limit is only 200 free aviation safety portals this year. This contrasts with the 600 free aviation safety portals created in 2010.

To sign up to access the free aviation safety management systems (SMS) tools, follow this link.

More information about aviation SMS software can be found at:





About NWDS - founded in 2003 by six software engineers, NorthWest Data Solutions (NWDS) provides custom computer programming and systems design services. NWDS creates many types of software, including e-commerce, financial, defense, engineering, logistics, aviation and more. In 2007, NWDS developed SMS Pro™ a web based SMS application that supports an organization's overall SMS through safety reporting, safety documentation, safety risk management and safety assurance. SMS Pro™ is currently used by aviation organizations in the U.S., Canada, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East to help manage their SMS programs. NWDS continues to support SMS Pro™ and add new functionality. NWDS offers custom contract programming services in the U.S. and Canada and is managed by Chris Howell, one of the founders. Their headquarters is in Anchorage, Alaska. For information on NWDS visit their website at www.nwds-ak.com andwww.asms-pro.com to learn more about SMS Pro™.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Free Aviation SMS Software - SMS Pro Starter Kit

Free Airline / Airport SMS Software Starter Kit Coming Very Soon!

Simple, easy to use aviation SMS software
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Free SMS Pro Starter Kit for Airlines/Airports/Aviation Maintenance...

Simplify your aviation SMS program by managing issues in one place!
  • Safety
    Free aviation SMS software starter kit
  • Security
  • Quality
  • Compliance
  • Environmental

Benefits -
Very Simple to Use
4 Powerful Hazard Reporting/Risk Management Modules

Eligible Aviation Service Providers include:
  • Airlines
  • Airports
  • Flight Schools
  • Aviation Maintenance (AMOs / MROs)
  • Aircraft Manufacturers
  • Air Traffic Control
  • Civil Aviation Authorities
  • FBOs

Operators not eligible are recommended to consider Universal Weather & Aviation (UWA) SMS Manager product.




More information about aviation SMS software can be found at:




About NWDS - founded in 2003 by six software engineers, NorthWest Data Solutions (NWDS) provides custom computer programming and systems design services. NWDS creates many types of software, including e-commerce, financial, defense, engineering, logistics, aviation and more. In 2007, NWDS developed SMS Pro™ a web based SMS application that supports an organization's overall SMS through safety reporting, safety documentation, safety risk management and safety assurance. SMS Pro™ is currently used by aviation organizations in the U.S., Canada, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East to help manage their SMS programs. NWDS continues to support SMS Pro™ and add new functionality. NWDS offers custom contract programming services in the U.S. and Canada and is managed by Chris Howell, one of the founders. Their headquarters is in Anchorage, Alaska. For information on NWDS visit their website at www.nwds-ak.com and www.asms-pro.com to learn more about SMS Pro™.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Aviation SMS App for Airlines, Airports, Flight Schools

Aviation SMS Software App For Managing Airline & Airport Safety

This post comes from a common question regarding aviation SMS apps for portable devices.

Is There an SMS Pro App to Report Hazards in Offline Mode?

Question: "Our aircrew are going to iPads in the next few weeks. I discussed with our IT person here that I would like IT to put an “icon” of the SMS-Pro web site on it. They said no problem, but then asked me if there was an actual app available."

Repsonse:
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"App" is an ambiguous term that has become commonplace. Initially, it was referred to device specific programs, such as IPhone, IPad and Android programs that you download from a store. They install on your device.

The problem with these "apps" is that they are device dependent and if you want them to run on all devices, you have two options:
  1. Create a device-specific app for each platform; or
  2. Use HTML5 that works across all platforms, even the Web browser.
For the Web based safety management software SMS Pro, we use the second option, as there are so many devices on the market: Blackberry, IPhone, all sorts of tablets, etc.

So no, there is no specific app. SMS Pro has worked on IPad since the IPad came out and most functionality works as if it were being run from a desktop browser. Whenever bugs regarding IPad functionality are reported to the SMS Pro support staff, we strive to fix them (as is our custom) because airports and airlines across the globe are using IPads.

As most of us know, whenever a new browser version comes out, there can be challenges, such as new IE, FireFox, Chrome, etc. This is another problem aviation safety software faces. The modern SMS Pro modules that work in offline mode use HTML5 code. Consequently, these offline modules will only work with modern browsers.

To test your browser for HTML5 compatibility, try http://html5test.com/

Here is a list of browsers partially supporting HTML5

Note I said "partially?" There are no browsers yet that completely support the HTML5 specification.

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SMS Pro has several apps that work in offline mode, such as 
Weight and Balance;
LOSA Auditing Software; and
Flight Risk Assessment Tools (FRAT).

Our next offline app projects include offline hazard reporting forms (HTML5) and auditing forms.

Years ago, we had an offline hazard reporting desktop app, but it quickly became outdated with the advent of the ubiquitous Smart Phones. Anyone can submit hazards to SMS Pro by email using the offline mode whenever they are flying or don't have Internet connectivity. Emails go into the outbox. When Internet connectivity resumes, these emails in outbox are submitted automatically.

Shortcomings of Email Reporting for Aviation Safety Hazards

Email reporting is the most easy and efficient way to get employees to report airline and airport hazards. The limitation is that there may be required details that are not captured because users are not filling out a form. 

SMS Pro's offline hazard reporting forms will address this problem. Look for them during the summer of 2014.

More information about aviation SMS software can be found at:



About NWDS - founded in 2003 by six software engineers, NorthWest Data Solutions (NWDS) provides custom computer programming and systems design services. NWDS creates many types of software, including e-commerce, financial, defense, engineering, logistics, aviation and more. In 2007, NWDS developed SMS Pro™ a web based SMS application that supports an organization's overall SMS through safety reporting, safety documentation, safety risk management and safety assurance. SMS Pro™ is currently used by aviation organizations in the U.S., Canada, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East to help manage their SMS programs. NWDS continues to support SMS Pro™ and add new functionality. NWDS offers custom contract programming services in the U.S. and Canada and is managed by Chris Howell, one of the founders. Their headquarters is in Anchorage, Alaska. For information on NWDS visit their website at www.nwds-ak.com and www.asms-pro.com to learn more about SMS Pro™.

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