ARINC Direct Partners with Polaris Aero To Introduce Vector SMS Safety Management System

Annapolis, Maryland, USA, October 16, 2013 — ARINC Direct, the leading Flight Services solution provider for business aviation, today announced Vector SMS, a web-based quality and Safety Management System (SMS) that facilitates compliance with SMS requirements, improves operational effectiveness and enhances flight safety.  ARINC will be demonstrating Vector SMS in booth N-4510, at this year’s NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention in Las Vegas, NV.                                                

Vector SMS is a comprehensive SMS program that enables flight departments to comply with various SMS standards (e.g., ICAO, IS-BAO) quickly and cost-effectively. When integrated with ARINC Direct’s flight operations services, the new third party software from ARINC partner Polaris Aero, LLC enables customers to easily implement all of the critical components of a safety management system. 

“SMS is becoming a standard throughout the aviation industry worldwide,” said Bob Richard, Vice President of ARINC Direct. “ARINC, along with our partner Polaris, is leading the industry in providing organizations with a comprehensive safety management program that truly represents the next step in the evolution of safety in aviation.”

Vector SMS is a subscription-based service designed to meet the needs of any sized flight department.  With Vector SMS, a single login from ARINC Direct simplifies access to critical safety management features like hazard reporting, issue management, and follow up.

“Polaris Aero’s continued partnership with ARINC Direct will greatly increase the awareness and acceptance of SMS among flight departments,” said Christopher Connor at Polaris Aero. “We are excited to provide a rich set of SMS functionality to ARINC Direct, a company that continues to drive innovative flight planning solutions in our industry.”

ARINC Incorporated, a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group, provides communications, engineering and integration solutions for commercial and government customers worldwide. Headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland with regional headquarters in London and Singapore, ARINC is ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100:2009 Rev C certified. For more information, visit the website at www.arinc.com.

Polaris Aero, LLC is an aviation knowledge management company specializing in flight risk analysis and safety management systems (SMS).  The company was founded in 2007 by former U.S. Air Force pilots on a mission to make flying safer.  Polaris Aero's products – FlightRisk™ and Vector SMS™ – help pilots and managers make smart decisions by answering the fundamental question: "How do you know what you don't know?"  Polaris Aero, LLC is a privately held company headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.  For more information, please visit www.polarisaero.com.  

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