latest flightrisk software release notes

FlightRisk is an advanced risk assessment and analysis system, providing real-time hazard identification and custom advisory messages based on a variety of factors that are most relevant to a particular flight. It also has a post-flight feedback system that allows pilots to share their knowledge and experience with other pilots. By transforming raw data into knowledge, FlightRisk facilitates more effective decision-making. Read more about FlightRisk.

FlightRisk software release notes

September 1, 2017: Release 6.0.0

Improved Acknowledgment Logic

Acknowledgement requirements are now updated with each assessment version.  This new logic ensures acknowledgement requests are accurate and timely.

Other Improvements

  • Schedule page has been improved to make it easier to read on phones and smaller tablets.
  • Administrators can now filter user accounts by application, making it easier to manage users.

August 1, 2017: Release 5.2.0

Custom Rule Wizard

Custom rules are now even easier to create thanks to a wizard that walks you through the process.

Data Point Help Content

Data points are used to create the trigger for custom rules.  Each data point now has its own help page containing implementation instructions and example rules.

Enhanced Schedule

The schedule page has a new look with additional options available from a context menu – right click or touch the ellipses icon to see options for a leg.  Now you can update an individual assessment without leaving the schedule page.

The layout of the trip page has been streamlined to be easier to read.

Improved “Remember Me” Feature

Customers who login to FlightRisk from another application will now have the opportunity to remember/trust the device. This reduces the need to enter a username and password, even when coming directly to

Improved Login Flow

FlightRisk will now automatically display the home screen for users on trusted devices (no need to click a “continue to FlightRisk” button).

Improved Setup Screen

The setup screen has been redesigned with a cleaner look and better organization.

March 30, 2017:

  • New Output Report Format – Advisory messages are now displayed at the top of the report, making it easier for users to find critical safety information.
  • New Field Condition (“FICON”) Data Field – Users can create custom advisory messages based on an airfield’s FICON score.
  • Improved Performance Table – The risk assessment performance table now contains icons to represent FICON (field condition) and runway closures (based on NOTAM information), facilitating a faster go/no-go decision.
  • Improved “Stop” Notification Functionality – Domain Administrators can customize alternate airfield notification requirements. This prevents STOP notifications from being displayed on the risk assessment if the flight is far in the future.
  • Improved Custom Rules Functionality – Users can now view all the rules in the FlightRisk ruleset library; and if they find a rule that is applicable to their operation, they can copy and edit the rule, then add it to their own organizational ruleset library. This is a quick and easy way to create custom advisory messages.
  • Improved Document Management – Users can attach a document directly to a custom rule (without having to first upload it to the document library).
  • Improved Risk Assessment Printing – Users can customize which elements of the risk assessments they want to be printed. This allows users to focus on the information which is most important.
  • Improved Trip Search Page – Users can search for a trip using a trip ID, trip name, departure ICAO or date range.


October 30, 2016:

  • New Geography Dashboard – Allows a view of previously assessed airfields overlaid on a customizable world map.  Makes it simple to identify high risk airfields.
  • Improved Notification Management – The new management console used to configure the automatic assessment notifications.  Now its even easier to ensure dispatch, crew and management are kept up to date on the latest information regarding the trip/leg.


September 23, 2016:

  • Augmented Flight Crews – Now supports augmented flight crews (more than two pilots) and cabin crew members. Custom rules for duty limits can be created for basic vs. augmented crews.
  • New “Custom Rules” widget in Risk Assessment Insights – Enables users to see statistics on all custom rules. A New widget supports date filtering.
  • New Admin User Interface (UI) for Risk Assessment Settings –  Makes it possible for notifications to now include the crew automatically; additionally, acknowledgment notifications can now be configured with a sensitivity. Sensitivity enables users to dictate when acknowledgement notifications are sent (within 24 hours of takeoff-for example).
  • “Previous Assessments” Screen –  Offers additional filtering and sorting. Assessments can be sorted by date, stop advisory count and caution count, and they can be filtered by Tail, Date, Stop and/or Caution advisories.
  • Assessment Viewer –  Assessment view is now available from the scheduling page or the previous assessment page. When looking at the assessment view, users can select to re-run the assessment, print the assessment, or email the assessment. Emailing the assessment will create a pdf of the assessment view and attach it to an email.
  • Assessment view –  This view now contains the ICAO in the airfield header.
  • Assessment Insight’s Hazard Overview and Hazard Detail Dashboards –  These now have date filtering, enabling managers to view operational hazard trending information across different time periods.
  • Assessment Output Report –  A NOTAM Key is now included in this report, providing information on the different icons used in the table of NOTAMs.
  • A Redesigned Trip View –  This enables users to see the entire trip with one click. From the schedule page, simply click the city pair.
  • Unrestricted Visibility –  Can now be triggered by using a new data point.
  • Assessment Notifications –  Now includes full airfield/crew info.
  • “Remember Me” Duration –  This feature now extends from 14 days to 30 days.
  • Various Fixes –  FlightRisk now prevent errors caused by leaving a browser open for an extended period of time or working in multiple tabs.

February 23, 2016:

  • Risk Assessment Acknowledgements –  This feature is available for organizations that have turned on scheduling system integration within FlightRisk. FlightRisk can now flag assessments that need to be “acknowledged” by a stakeholder (dispatcher, pilot, management, etc.). All acknowledgements are tracked and made part of the FlightRisk assessment’s history. In addition, the system can be configured to send automatic email notifications so that the acknowledgement can be made from a mobile device using a link back to FlightRisk. Settings for the new acknowledgement system can be found on the SETUP tab under ASSESSMENT SETTINGS.
  • FlightRisk Assessment Version Tracking –  FlightRisk can now track and consolidate all versions of an assessment into one record. FlightRisk assessments are often run several times for one trip. For example, a scheduler can run an initial FlightRisk assessment from FOS a week prior to the flight, then a dispatcher can run an assessment from the FlightRisk website the day prior to the flight and finally, the crew can automatically run an assessment via ARINCDirect when the flight plan is filed. Now, FlightRisk can consolidate all those assessments for the flight, regardless of which system generated each version. The version data (who ran it, when was it run, which system requested it) are available for each assessment under the VERSIONS tab on the assessment report.
  • Assessment Reports Print Feature –  Assessment reports (available from the schedule page or the previous assessment page) can now be printed directly from the report viewer. This option enables the report to be printed conventionally or it can be used to convert the report to a PDF file on most computers.
  • Runway Condition NOTAMs (SNOWTAMs) –  FlightRisk can now analyze the NOTAMs for an airfield and determine if there is a contaminated runway at the planned Time of Interest. FlightRisk will display a SnowFlake icon to indicate to the pilots that the NOTAM contains runway surface condition information. Additionally, a new data point called “contaminated runway” can be used as a trigger condition when creating custom rules. This enables safety managers to create custom advisories that address mitigation strategies for contaminated runway operations. For airfields with shorter runways, this is vital information that may, in some cases, affect the usability of the airport.
  • NOTAM Time of Interest Icons –  FlightRisk can now evaluate the effective date/time of each NOTAM. A gray clock icon indicates that a NOTAM is scheduled to expire before the planned Time of Interest. A purple clock icon indicates that a NOTAM will not be effective at the planned Time of Interest. This analysis makes it much easier for dispatchers and crews to determine a NOTAM’s operational impact on the flight.
  • New Password Lockout –  Polaris Aero takes the security of your data very seriously. To further the security of both FlightRisk and Vector SMS, we have implemented a password lockout that takes effect after five unsuccessful login attempts. When users are locked out, they will need to contact their administrator to have their accounts reset. (An admin user can easily reset a user account from the MANAGE USERS page. The new login reset is available under the user account TOOLS tab.)

November 1, 2015:

  • Automated Notifications for “STOP” Advisories – Alerts managers via email when certain risk threshold conditions are met during the flight planning process, which allows managers to see, in real-time, any hazards their pilots are facing
  • Extended Outlook Risk Assessments – Enables flight planners and schedulers to complete a FlightRisk Assessment several days prior to a trip, helping identify potential risk factors earlier in the planning process.
  • Enhanced Scheduling Integration – Tracks the number and types of custom risk advisories for the entire flight schedule by automatically retrieving information from two of the most popular scheduling programs, ARINCDirect’s Flight Operations System (FOS) and Professional Flight Management (PFM).

August 1, 2015:

  • Risk Assessment Notifications – Sends email notifications to managers, letting them know which assessments need immediate action/response.
  • Run Multiple Assessments – Allows a flight manager to run risk assessments for multiple trips (legs), on the scheduling page, with just one press of a button.

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