Polaris Aero is an aviation knowledge management company specializing in flight risk analysis and safety management systems (SMS). The company was founded in 2007 by Christopher Connor and Trent Fox, two former Air Force pilots, on a mission to make flying safer. Learn more about our story.


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?”

About FlightRisk

FlightRisk is an advanced risk assessment system that provides real-time hazard identification and custom advisory messages. The subscription software solves the problem of information overload by giving pilots the right information at the right time. It does so by analyzing a variety of factors—pilot, environmental, aircraft and airfield—to identify the hazards that are most relevant to a particular flight. To improve understanding and retention, FlightRisk organizes this hazard information by phase of flight. By transforming raw data into knowledge, FlightRisk facilitates effective decision-making.

FlightRisk is designed specifically for pilots, safety managers, schedulers and dispatchers. The application seamlessly integrates with ARINCDirectSM flight planning, FOS® scheduling, and Vector SMS, saving users time and effort.

FlightRisk goes well beyond merely generating awareness—it helps facilitate action!

About Vector SMS

Vector SMS is a comprehensive aviation safety management system (SMS) software application for business and commercial aviation organizations. It improves operational effectiveness, helps operators achieve the highest level of safety and complies with SMS requirements.

To help organizations achieve SMS compliance, Vector SMS is recognized by leading international organizations, including the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Bermuda Department of Civil Aviation (BDCA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC) and Transport Canada (TC).

Polaris Aero In the News

October 11, 2017
Avionics Magazine |

October 10, 2017
Twin & Turbine Magazine |

Aug 7, 2017
Aviation Week Network | Polaris Aero Launches Vector SMS Safety Software

November 18, 2015
Aviation International News | Polaris Aero Makes Flight Planning Easier and Flying Safer

August 1, 2015
Business and Commercial Aviation | Rockwell Collins Adds Updates to ARINCDirect

August 12, 2014
Aviation International News | Bermuda Aviation Authority Accepts Vector SMS Program

October 20, 2013
Aviation International News | ARINCDirect Releases Version 3.0 iPad App

October 13, 2013 | ArincDirect Launch Vector SMS with Partner Polaris Aero LLC

March 1, 2012
Avionics Magazine | Real-time Data

January 16, 2012 | ARINCDirect Teams with FlightRisk and Whispertrack to Provide Noise Abatement Procedures for Operators

October 10, 2011 | ARINCDirect teams up with the FlightRisk® service of Polaris Aero LLC


Christopher Connor, Co-founder & CEO
Trent Fox, Co-founder & COO
Tim Medora, CTO


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