Aviation Safety Management Systems (SMS) Consulting Company


NorthWest Data Solutions (NWDS) makes it easy for you to create, own and use your own aviation SMS database software.

We have multiple options to suit your needs, whether you want to:

  • Start with an existing cloud-based SMS solution;
  • Modify your existing SMS database program;
  • Start from scratch and build your own custom SMS database; or
  • Use our SMS experts for short term consulting engagements.

You are just a click away from getting professional help with your aviation safety database to meet regulatory requirements.

Aviation safety management systems (SMS) database consulting company
SMS software

SMS Pro provides a suite of solutions for managing aviation safety management system (SMS) requirements. SMS Pro products and technology satisfy SMS regulatory requirements for aviation service providers around the world.

In addition to our commercial aviation SMS software solutions, SMS Pro developers and subject matter experts assist aviation service providers to create or redesign their own in-house SMS database solutions.

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  • Hazard reporting, risk management, safety assurance tools to manage SMS regulatory requirements.

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  • SMS professionals help you create your own custom SMS program that you own!


Q & A

  • What is an aviation safety management system (SMS)?

    An aviation safety management system (SMS) is a set of processes, policies, people and tools to formally manage safety to reduce loss.
  • Who needs an aviation safety management system (SMS)?

    As of November 23, 2006 States shall require, as part of their safety programme, that an [operator, maintenance organization, ATS provider, certified aerodrome] implements a safety management system (SMS) accepted by the State.
  • What are the documentation requirements for an aviation SMS program?

    SMS programs must be comprehensively and accurately documented to comply. Safety policies, goals and objectives, duties and responsibilities of key safety personnel, policies and procedures defining the SMS program need to be documented. SMS documentation requirements are among the leading causes of audit findings.
  • What is commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) SMS database software?

    "Commercial-off-the-shelf" (COTS) software refers to aviation SMS software that is ready to use without further development by software engineers. COTS software is based on best practices used by the majority. COTS software may have configuration settings to customize the system to individual company needs.
  • Who uses COTS SMS database software?

    Smaller companies typically use COTS SMS software; however, there are benefits for larger operators to also use COTS software. COTS software is more cost-effective in the long run. Companies with unique work flows either have to have adapt their work flows to the software or pay for customization.
  • Who cannot use COTS SMS database software?

    Service provides with extreme security requirements may not want to use COTS products. Technology changes, as do SMS requirements. Applying updates to a secure system is difficult and introduces security vulnerabilities.
  • Can we realistically create our own SMS database?

    Many small operators can create their own SMS database programs. Smaller operators don't require complex SMS database programs. Operators with more than 100 employees should not create their own SMS databases. COTS products are commonly recommended for companies with between 40 and 2,000 employees.