Monday, February 3, 2014

Targeted Closure Date in Airline/Airport Risk Management Software

Automatically receive alerts when reported hazards become overdue should be top feature of your aviation safety management system (SMS) software.

New Feature in Aviation SMS Software

Several airline and airport safety managers have asked about the new visual cue in SMS Pro's risk management module, Issue Manager. This feature was added without a formal announcement because we consider it a minor cosmetic enhancement. Look at the image below to see the far right column.

Far Right Column Indicates Severity and Targeted Closure Date

airline and airport risk management software enhancements

History of Aviation SMS Risk Management Software Enhancement

Since SMS Pro came onto the market in 2008, the far right column indicated the severity of each risk assessed issue. Whenever the targeted closure date was exceeded, an alert bell would appear in the far right column. Hovering over the alert bell, users would be presented with a message, such as:
"Issue Exceeded Targeted Closure Date: 1/15/2014"

SMS Pro Enhancements Often Evolve By Customer Requests

Most know that SMS Pro is considered one of the most flexible aviation SMS software packages for airlines, airports, flight schools and aviation maintenance organizations. New features have been added constantly over the past seven years based on regulatory requirements and customer feedback. Aviation SMS consultants also provide great ideas to ensure SMS Pro remains among the world's leading aviation SMS software suites.

What Does This Aviation SMS Feature Do?

This new enhancement idea came from a European airline. They wanted to be able to see the targeted closure date of issues not overdue without going into each issue. Instead of adding another column to this
web based aviation safety management software for airlines airports aviation maintenance
already crowded screen, SMS Pro developers added an image indicating:

  • Whether a targeted closure date was set (image is visible); and
  • The targeted closure date of each issue when hovering over target image.

We think this is a great enhancement because safety managers can easily see whether the targeted closure date was not yet set on issues coming into the system. As always, we appreciate your feedback and ideas to make SMS Pro the best possible.

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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™.

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