FODNews Roundup – May 3rd, 2018

Fresh Approaches to Runway Safety

The Federal Aviation Administration is studying the possible application of three off-the-shelf technologies to airside safety — heated pavements, rumble strips and remote sensing. (Click here for mobile friendly version.)

Image Source: FAA


 

Building Satellites in Clean Rooms

Airbus Defense and Space used a ISO 8 clean room to build the Solar Orbiter scientific research satellite, which is scheduled to orbit the sun in 2020.

Image Caption: Artist's Rendering of Solar Orbiter. Copyright: ESA - C. Carreau


 

Video: F-16 Bird Strike

Watch this graphic footage of a Norwegian Air Force fighter jet experiencing a compressor stall after ingesting a bird into its air intake.

Image Source: Screen Shot


Comparing Airport Sweeper Technologies

There is no “best” sweeping system, only the most appropriate system for your facility and FOD control program. Read this white paper to understand your options. Contact us for more information.

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FODNews Roundup – April 3rd, 2018

Auxiliary Power Unites Vulnerable to FOD

Until recently APU's, which start main engines and power avionics and other on-board equipment, have been neglected child of aircraft systems.

Image Credit: SrA Olivia Bumpers, USAF


 

Dust Hazards of 3D Printing

The additive manufacturing process creates an especially dangerous form of FOD - combustible dust clouds in a confined factory space.

Image Credit: Lutz Peter (Pixabay)


 

Military FOD Walk

Watch this trio of videos following a FOD Walk performed for the 2017 Air Show at Moody Air Force Base.

Image Credit: Luke Hinkle (YouTube Screenshot)


We have redesigned the FOD-Razor® Airport Runway Sweeper!

Featuring a new built-in "hitch and forget" weight-release mechanism, streamlined hitching setup, and durable nylon fiber matting. Contact us for more information.

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FODNews Roundup – March 3rd, 2018

Transpacific Flight vs Paper Clipboard

The ground crew knew that it was sitting on the engine, but nobody told the flight crew. Until the plane was already in the air, that is. This time they were lucky.

Image Credit: Pixabay


 

Shop Cart Cleanup, FOD, and Grinder "Line of Fire"

Watch this safety video from autoclave manufacturer ASC Process Systems, discussing how to keep factory floors orderly and accident-free in a heavy industry environment.

Image Source: YouTube Screenshot


 

Wildlife Strike Gathering

On May 15th – 18th, the International Civil Aviation Organization and Airports Council International will host a symposium on the wildlife strike threat to aircraft operational safety.

Image: Bigstock


 

Nothing Holds FOD Like Our FOD Cans

Promote safety awareness with a high-visibility collection point for all types of Foreign Object Debris — from shop rags and loose paper to empty bottles and stray pieces of hardware.

Image Source: The FOD Control Corporation


FODNews Roundup – January 3rd, 2018

Challenges of Regulating Small Drones

Why are Unmanned Aerial Vehicles so difficult to regulate, and why are there so few documented cases of accidents involving UAV's?

Image Credit: Goh Rhy Yan


 

Farewell, Piper

Piper the airport dog, famous on social media for wearing goggles while chasing birds away from Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Michigan, has passed away.

Image Source: Cherry Capital Airport K9


 

Now That's Clean!

If you're a facilities manager looking for inspiration, check out this short video of a spotless wig-making factory in the Philippines

Image: YouTube Screenshot


 

Keep your Work Wear FOD Free

Our FOD Suits have no pockets, zippers, buttons or ties, so there's nothing to break off and no way to carry loose items that can turn into debris.

Image Source: The FOD Control Corporation


FODNews Roundup – December 3rd, 2017

FOD Crashes Marine Corps Jet

Learn how a 5/16th-inch double hexagon bolt caused a catastrophic engine failure to an AV-8B Harrier jet, the pilot's response, and the final determination by investigators.


 

Sky Lanterns Threaten Navigation

The Airports Authority of India is warning authorities that popular events involving the mass release of paper sky lanterns into air poses a safety hazard for aircraft.

Image Source: Romel Frost, Pixabay


 

Video: Molten FOD Conquers Earth

We kid you not! Watch this massive, accidental overflow at a steel factory. At 44 seconds in, you'll see what it would look like if space aliens attacked with a FOD cannon.

Image: YouTube Screenshot


 

Hazardous Material Storage

Keep your hazmat chemicals clean, safe and out of the way with our safety-compliant Justrite® brand storeage cabinets, outdoor lockers and drum sheds.

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FODNews Roundup – November 3rd, 2017

Clean Factories

The best time to plan for periodic cleaning of your equipment is at the beginning — when you first design your manufacturing floor.

Image source: Bigstock


 

Civil Engineering Squadron

At Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia. specialists maintain runways and related facilities for the oldest active U.S. Air Force airfield.

Image Credit:  Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec, U.S. Air Force.


 

Video: Ramp Safety

This excellent training video utilizes real-life examples of safe and unsafe practices when handling aircraft and ground equipment on the ramp.

Image: YouTube Screenshot


 

Read our White Papers!

Looking for ideas? Our free white papers and sample use case will increase your knowledge and improve your FOD program.Contact us for details.

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FODNews Roundup – October 3rd, 2017

Bird or FOD?

India’s Pune International Airport is disputing Air India’s claim that a bird struck of the latter’s airliners, claiming that evidence indicates runway FOD instead.

Image source: Bigstock


 

Printed Circuit Boards

Electronic PCB assemblies may not be a clean as you think, even fresh out of the assembly plant. Manufacturers need to improve their debris-removal procedures.

Image Source: Bigstock


 

Accident Rate Plunges

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) reports that the global commercial aviation accident rate is at an all-time low.

Image: Bigstock


 

New! The FOD-Razor™ v.2

We’re upgrading our popular FOD-Razor™ Airport Runway sweeper with a more durable turf material, increasing its lifespan for even greater value to your runway sweeping program! Contact us for details.

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FOD News Roundup – August 3rd, 2017

Making Debris Profitable

A challenging effort is underway in India to recycle construction and demolition debris into a cost-effective alternative to conventional building materials.

Image source: Pixabay


 

The "Dirt Boyz"

When the pavement at Barksdale Air Force Base takes a pounding from heavy rains and a wing of B-52 Stratofortresses, it’s up to the 2nd Civil Engineering Squadron to repair it.

Image Source: United States Air Force


 

Video: Helipad Safety

Do you ever work or travel around helicopters? A leading air medical transport operator teaches you how to stay safe and complete your mission, especially during emergency operations.

Image: YouTube Screenshot


 

New! The FOD-Razor™ v.2

We’re upgrading our popular FOD-Razor™ Airport Runway sweeper with a more durable turf material, increasing its lifespan for even greater value to your runway sweeping program! Contact us for details.

Image Source: The FOD Control Corporation


FOD News Roundup – July 3rd, 2017

No, It Doesn't Help!

Hoping to receive good luck before her flight from Pudong Airport in Shanghai, an elderly passenger attempted to toss nine coins into one of the jet’s engines.

Image credit: China People's Daily


 

Video: DIY Dust Collection Setup

Looking for ideas? a young craftsperson shows you how he created a comprehensive air-flow system to route wood dust from his workshop to a collection drum.

Image credit: YouTube Screenshot


 

FOD Detection Systems receive boost from FCC

The US Federal Communications Commission has approved an increase in the available bandwidth for vehicle and aircraft radar systems, which can improve the capability of radar-based FOD detection systems at airports.

Image source: Pixabay


 

This Portable Tool Kit Will Never Go Missing!

The UT TREY Small Parts Organizer glows when exposed to black light, making it easier to locate and retrieve before sealing equipment housings, engine compartments or other enclosed spaces.

Image Source: The FOD Control Corporation


FOD News Roundup – June 3rd, 2017

European Union: Airlines Exempt From Bird Strike Liability

In a ruling seen as favorable to air carriers, the Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that bird strikes are “extraordinary events” beyond their control.

Image credit: Bigstock


 

Airports Seek Increase in Passenger Fees

Funding infrastructure improvements costs money that is always in short supply. That’s why airport managers want the federal government to raise the longtime $4.50 cap on the Passenger Facility Charge.

Image credit: Bigstock


 

Repaving a Runway

Want to see how it’s done? Watch this entertaining short video of repaving and other maintenance operations at Bahrain International Airport.

Image source: YouTube Screenshot


 

Shopping for a new FOD Sweeper?

Not sure which type of sweeper would fit your facility’s specific FOD control needs? Just complete our handy Assessment Form and we’ll recommend some equipment for you.

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FOD News Roundup – May 3rd, 2017

New FOD Prevention Standard

Need guidance for your facility’s FOD program? The Americas Aerospace Quality Standards Committee (AAQSC) has a new standard, AS 9146, which defines program requirements for organizations that supply aviation, space and defense products and services.

Image credit: Bigstock


 

The Mystery Birds

Accident investigators concluded that last year’s nonfatal crash of a US Air Force B-52 bomber during an aborted takeoff on Guam was caused in part by a bird strike — that may or may not have actually happened.

Image credit: US Air Force


 

Never Lose Track of FOD

Read this interesting report detailing how debris found near a FlyBe Bombardier Q400 parked at Belfast City Airport was dismissed as irrelevant, then disappeared after a smoke incident prompted an evacuation.

Image source: Wikipedia


 

NEW! Floor Marking Tape for FOD-Restricted Areas

FOD Zone™ Marking Tape A long-lasting solution for designating specific zones — such as aisles, walkways, storage rooms, hangars or work flow areas — as sensitive to Foreign Object Debris/Damage.

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FOD News Roundup – April 3rd, 2017

Controlling FOD During Air Strikes

The US Air Force is studying ways to harden its overseas air bases against attack by “missile swarms” that can scatter debris across runways and ramps, rendering them inoperable.

Image: SMSgt Keith Reed, US Air Force


 

FOD Awareness (and music, too!)

UPS ramp personnel keep their work areas free of FOD, to the sweet sounds of “Angel (Dusted Remix)" by Sarah McLachlan.

Image: YouTube Screenshot


 

Real-Time Safety Data

The “Internet of Things” can provide industrial facilities with a pathway to high-quality data on safety failures, as they occur.

Image: Bigstock


 

NEW! Floor Marking Tape for FOD-Restricted Areas

Our new FOD Zone™ marking tapes provide a long lasting solution for promoting FOD awareness in hangars, aisles, walkways, and work flow areas in your facility. Contact us for more information.

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FOD News Roundup- March 3rd, 2017

Is FOD Threatening the US Missile Defense System?

When a test flight went awry, foreign object debris in the thruster’s internal guidance modules was blamed. Now a controversy has arisen over whether or not it will happen again.

Image: US Army


 

Jet vs. Deer

Never put yourself in front of an aircraft in motion. It doesn’t matter if you’re animal or human, you’ll lose the encounter, just as this deer did at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Image: skeeze, courtesy of pixabay.com


 

A Well-Timed Pit Stop

That’s how the ground handling manager at Daytona Beach International describes “turning” late-arriving passenger jet between its arrival on the ramp to its next scheduled departure.

Image: © Rusty Clark. Some rights reserved.


 

New FOD-Razor™ Demonstration Video

Watch our new, improved FOD-Razor™Airport Runway Sweeper in action, cleaning debris from an airport AOA quickly and efficiently.

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FOD News Roundup – February 3rd, 2017

How NOT to De-ice an Aircraft

Passengers aboard a Turkish Airlines jet parked at Sanliurfa Airport couldn’t believe their eyes when a pair of enterprising workers began pouring liquid over an icy wing from a large plastic water bottle — then dropped the bottle.

Image: Twitter (Jan 10) / @U_G_U_R_P.


 

Battling Birds at Dover Air Force Base

From firecrackers to traps to a dog named Memphis, the US Air Force employs numerous methods to control birds, foxes, deer and other wildlife at this critical facility for global airlift missions.

Image: Greg L. Davis, US Air Force.


 

Ramp Inspection on a Rainy Day

Ride along with the dash cam as a patrol vehicle navigates through glistening ramps and falling rain at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Image: YouTube Screenshot


 

Size Does Matter!

Cut your sweeping time in half and double your equipment’s service life with a FOD-Razor™ Duplex Assembly. You can own this 16-foot-wide runway sweeper for less than $10,000. Learn more…

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FOD News Roundup – January 3rd, 2017

FOD Impacts Mars Rover

Suspected debris inside of the spacecraft Curiosity's rock drill motor is causing intermittent stalling of the device.

Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS


 

Military FOD and BASH Management

Watch these clips of military personnel removing debris and firing on birds at an airfield that hosts fighter jets.

Image: YouTube Screenshot


 

Safety Management System Anticipates Airport Issues

The FAA is giving managers at Part 139 airports a lot of leeway in how they implement new SMS regulations.

Image: Federal Aviation Administration


 

Rugged Hazardous Material Storage

Contact us for FOD-fighting tools that will keep your hazmat chemicals, fuels and other substances isolated and secure.

Image Source: The FOD Control Corporation