Friday, January 25, 2013

Four Aviation SMS Training Recommendations for Airlines, Airports, MROs

Four Aviation SMS Training Companies Recommended

I've been in the aviation safety management software business since 2007. We don't provide straight aviation SMS training, but we do provides aviation SMS software training on SMS Pro, the Web based aviation safety management software that has become very popular these past five years.

Where is the Best Aviation SMS Training Today?

Web Based Aviation Safety Management Software
Since I've been in the aviation safety business and know many people, I'm frequently asked to recommend aviation SMS training companies. I have three or four that I usually recommend for various reasons. Is there one that is any better than the other? I'm not certain, as most of these aviation SMS training instructors are great story tellers. So, I guess it depends on whether you want to hear good war stories or learn the fundamentals of aviation safety management systems. We know that many students simply want a paid vacation to a warmer climate during the winter, while others merely want the certificate to hang on their walls.

What Order Do I Place Aviation SMS Training Schools?

My recommendations for aviation SMS training companies will not come in order of preference, but in the order that I've been introduced to them. My opinions of these aviation safety training schools are rather impartial. We don't exchange money, but we are on speaking terms.

Southern California Safety Institute (SCSI) SMS Training

When SMS Pro began, Peter Gardiner was president and we had a dream of creating a spectacular Web based aviation safety management software program that would shock the world. Peter was a businessman in the purest sense of the word. He knew how to get operators to release funds for aviation safety related budget items. He was masterful. Our dream with Peter was that SCSI was to provide SMS Pro training and NorthWest Data Solutions (our Anchorage, Alaska Web design and development company) would develop and support the online aviation safety management software.

aviation sms training, safety management systems
SCSI provided NWDS with the initial aviation SMS training. As you can suspect, software engineers must become subject matter experts for the software they are developing. This is no exception with aviation SMS software. We had to learn all about integrated aviation safety management systems and aviation quality management systems with web-based SMS databases, SMS manuals, aviation SMS training requirements, gap analysis concepts, aviation safety audits, advanced accident investigations and employee hazard reporting systems. There was a lot to learn, and SCSI provided us with quality materials to learn about the concepts of aviation SMS. Therefore, I highly recommend SCSI, and Mike Doiron specifically as the SMS training instructor of choice. He teaches in Prague.

Aviation Safety Management Systems in Mexico

Victor del Castillo provides aviation SMS training in Latin America. We should state that SMS Pro is available en espanol. SMS en espanol is only a part of the story. SMS Pro is also in French and German. Therefore, we have English, Spanish, French and German languages for SMS Pro. You may be familiar with the concept of switching between languages on Web sites? SMS Pro's online safety management software system shares the same concept.

It is because of el Senor Victor del Castillo that SMS Pro is available en espanol. Victor is very knowledgeable en SMS and I highly recommend his aviation SMS training program.

The Aviation Consulting Group Provides Aviation SMS Training

Dr. Robert Baron provides aviation SMS training and I also recommend his training program? Why do I recommend Dr. Bob? The answer is simple for me. One of the most enthusiastic aviation SMS fanatics I know is Jason Starke. I've known Jason for many years and respect his opinion very much. Jason has had many great things to say about Dr. Bob. That is why I recommend Dr. Bob and his aviation SMS training.

Dr. Bob has also used our aviation safety management software and has never said a bad word about our Web based product. I guess that is another reason I like Dr. Bob. I see on Dr. Bob's website that he is providing free aviation SMS courses. That is very generous of him. Thank you very much, Dr. Bob.

Florida Aviation SMS Training

In the past three years, it seems as if aviation SMS experts suddenly started dropping from space. I never knew that there were so many SMS experts. All that was required to be an SMS expert was that you print SMS Expert on your business card. This was my first impression when I first heard about and saw ATC Vantage about four years ago. My impressions were not well founded. They have been producing some very high caliber materials. If their aviation SMS training is anything like the the free aviation SMS resources they are providing on their Web site, then I highly recommend this group. My recommendations don't come easily. This is a hard working group. Theresa McCormick has been doing an excellent job.

Summary of Aviation SMS Training Recommendations

There you have my ten cents worth of aviation SMS training recommendations. I don't think you can go wrong with either of these aviation SMS training companies.  If you feel I left you out of the loop, please don't be disappointed. My fingers are tired and I thing four recommendations is enough for one night.

And did I tell you that NWDS provides aviation SMS software training?

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 and to learn more about SMS Pro™.