Choosing the Best Flight Management Software

by | Aug 10, 2023 | General

Choose wisely because it is critical. Flight management software plays a key role in safety, flight planning, fleet tracking, and compliance. But choosing the best software can be difficult. Here are some key considerations.

Functionality and Features 

Does the software meet your requirements? Do their features align with your needs?

Some essentials include:

Cross-platform compatibility
Ability to select only the tools/modules you need
Offline use
User limits
Data storage and security
Custom development

Ask the FMS provider these key questions:  

Is it responsive on all devices?
Does it work on all devices including smart phones, tablets, desktops, laptops? If not, you may find yourself investing in a lot of new hardware for your teams.

Can you flight plan offline?
Does it offer an easy-to-follow flight planning process that incorporates W&B, TDG, Asset Tracking, Flight Risk Assessments, route planning, and can you rely on it to work in remote areas or where there is low or no signal?

Where’s the navigation data coming from?
Are there regularly updated navigation databases to ensure accuracy and reliability? Cirro mapping can be customized for the operator and accessible offline.

Is pilot safety and compliance measured?
Look for software that offers simple Flight Duty Times displays.

Does it integrate?
Can the software seamlessly integrate with other systems, including your maintenance software, learning management software, fatigue risk process and satellite tracking systems — or any specialty software you use day-to-day? Ensure its compatible with your existing aircraft avionics and ops systems.

Is it simple to use?
A user-friendly interface should be easy to navigate, with clear workflows. Look for features like interactive maps, drag-and-drop functionality, and customizable displays to reduce the learning curve for your crews and pilots.

Is it secure?
Look for software with robust encryption protocols, security standards and policies, and secure communication channels to protect your company’s confidential information.

Are both training and support included?
Training and support should be provided, including training resources, user manuals, and online tutorials or videos, someone to call. Can you easily contact them, do they reply, and do they prioritize timely software updates to address issues?

Is it future proof?
Select a software that can keep up with your company’s growth and evolving needs. Can it handle an increased number of aircraft or expanding routes and more users? Has the vendor consistently been around for more than a few years offering a consistent and reliable system? Chances are, if they are dedicated to innovation and adding new updates and features, they will remain technologically relevant and continue to serve you in the long haul.

Get the team involved.
Remember to invite key players to weigh in on the selection process. Include ops managers and point people who will help oversee and administer the software at your company. Invite them to help do the research and prep questions for demos. It’s standard practice to ask for a free trial and check it out in advance.

The right software will save you time, money, and eliminate auditing headaches. The goal is to optimize flight operations, be compliant, and enhance safety.

To learn more about Cirro schedule a demo by emailing [email protected].