Top 10 Tips for Choosing the Right Aviation SMS App

by | Feb 21, 2024 | General

In the rapidly changing and regulated world of aviation, selecting the right Safety Management System (SMS) app is critical to the safety of clients and crews. Cirro’s SMS module is customizable to address your unique challenges and it is designed to be simple-to-use and proactive in its safety approach. When shopping around for your SMS app, above all else, be sure it’s user-friendly and aligns with regulatory standards.

The ideal SMS app should be:

  1. Compliant
    Does it meet federal and international aviation safety regulations? Ask the app vendor if they’re aware and striving or planning to meet the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards.
  2. Usable
    Pilots, crew members, and ground staff should be able to easily navigate the app. They should complete incident and hazard reports with ease, making safety data entry intuitive.
  3. Customizable
    It must adapt to your company’s specific needs and be scalable for growth and/or changes in operational requirements.
  4. Integrated
    Seamless integration with existing systems, including maintenance tracking and flight operations software, ensures that safety data flows between your apps to reduce the risk of errors.
  5. Analytical
    A good SMS app should offer powerful reporting and analysis tools. You should be able to generate reports and safety trends to help you make informed decisions. Predicting and addressing potential risks is the goal.
  6. Reportable
    The ideal app will facilitate anonymous reporting of incidents and hazards. A quick and straightforward reporting process promotes more timely intervention.
  7. Monitored
    Does it offer real-time monitoring capabilities, communication, and notification options? Safety managers need to stay informed of ongoing safety activities, corrective actions, and offer timely responses to emerging issues.
  8. Mobile
    Be sure that users are able to report incidents and access safety information from anywhere, on any device. Your SMS app should be universally accessible, capable of storing data in remote locations, and responsive.
  9. Secure
    Security is non-negotiable when dealing with sensitive safety data. Ensure the SMS app you choose adheres to strict data security, cybersecurity and privacy standards to avoid potential breaches.
  10. Trusted
    Do your homework — check customer reviews, testimonials, and the vendor’s longevity and experience in the industry. Choose a trustworthy, established app vendor who is more likely to provide reliable support and updates.

Choosing an SMS app is a critical step toward building a robust safety culture. Follow our tips and you’re sure to invest in a solution that will help you fly safely!

Learn more about Cirro’s SMS module.