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.

Image Source: © The FOD Control Corporation. All Rights Reserved.


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…

Image Source: The FOD Control Corporation


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


FOD News Roundup – December 3rd, 2016

Aircraft Windshields

Learn how their specialized construction protects pilots from airborne FOD, such as birds, hail, ice and fog.

Image Source: National Transportation Safety Board


 

Birds and More Birds

Over the years, Salt Lake City International Airport has trapped literally thousands of raptors feeding nearby.


 

Time-lapse Video

Watch this American Airlines ramp at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Now imagine if your guys could work that fast.

Image Source: YouTube Screenshot


 

Our parts kit glows in the dark

 Never lose track of your small hardware in limited-light work areas; Our "UV Reactive" Trey Small Parts Organizers glow when exposed to UV light.

Image Source: The FOD Control Corporation


FOD News Roundup – November 3rd, 2016

Fighter Jet Crash Reveals FOD Problems

Fighter Jet Crash Reveals FOD Problems A US government investigation concluded that a Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet plummeted into the Persian Gulf last year after debris entered one of its engines during takeoff from an aircraft carrier. Then investigators found a second, unrelated source of chronic FOD on the carrier's runway.

Image: Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card, US Navy.


 

Airline Engine Explosion Breaches Housing

When a General Electric CF6 engine on a Boeing 767 failed during takeoff in October, the engine's housing also failed to contain the explosion, scattering shrapnel as far as a half-mile away. Such an event can increase the danger of collateral damage throughout the airport environment.

Image: Wikipedia, FAA


 

The FOD & Fuel Caddy

The FOD & Fuel Caddy Don't risk operations safety with an improvised solution! Securely store your waste test fuel and foreign object debris (FOD) on your helicopter landing area or other flight line, until you're ready to dispose of it permanently.

Image: The FOD Control Corporation


FOD News Roundup – October 3rd, 2016

Internal FOD Grounds F-35’s

After a manufacturing glitch, deteriorating tubing insulation clogged up fifteen US and Norwegian FA-15A strike fighters at Luke AFB, as well as dozens of unfinished jets still on the production line.

Image Credit: SrA James Hensley, USAF


 

K-9 Runway Patrol

Watch a trained border collie who wears sunglasses chase birds away from the flight areas at Cherry Capital Airport in Michigan.

Image: Screenshot


 

A Million Drones

How safety regulators, drone operators and other stakeholders are responding to well over 900,000 small unmanned aerial vehicles (SUAV’s) now in the hands of consumers.

Image Credit: Federal Aviation Administration


 

Gowning for Clean Rooms

 Watch this step-by-step procedure for prepping your body and putting on required clothing before entering a sterile clean room.

Image: Screenshot


 

Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Protection

Insulate your sensitive electronic components from electromagnetic field damage with our new Conductive Trey Small Parts Organizer, utilizing innovative carbon nanotube technology.

Image Credit: The FOD Control Corporation


Brasilia Ditches in the Indian Ocean

An Inter Iles Air Embraer EMB-120ER Brasilia crashed into the Indian Ocean on November 27 shortly after takeoff from Moroni’s Prince Said Ibrahim International Airport (FMCH) in the Comoros Islands. All 25 people on board the aircraft survived when it came down in the water approximately 3.5 miles north of the airport. Two people received minor injuries in the accident.
December 10, 2012, 1:50 PM

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Customs Aircraft Destroyed in Ground Accident

A Cessna Citation II registered to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency and operated by Stevens Aviation was destroyed in a daytime landing accident at Greenwood County Airport (KGRD) in South Carolina on November 17. During rollout, a deer crossed the active runway and collided with the aircraft’s left wing, tearing open the fuel tank and igniting a fire that left only the nose of the aircraft intact. The two crewmembers escaped unharmed.
December 10, 2012, 2:07 PM
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NTSB To Assist in Mexican Learjet Crash

The U.S. NTSB is assisting Mexico’s Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC) in the investigation into the crash of a chartered Learjet 25 that claimed the life of Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera early Sunday morning. The twinjet disappeared from radar just minutes after it took off from Monterrey, Mexico, at 3:15 a.m. local time following her concert there, for a flight to Toluca. [Read more...]

Decriminalization of Aviation Accidents Has a Ways To Go

When it comes to decriminalization of aviation accidents, the world seems to take one step forward and two back. On one hand, a French appellate court recently overturned the manslaughter verdict against Continental Airlines resulting from a crash more than a decade ago. The initial ruling held Continental liable for the July 2000 accident on the grounds that maintenance errors caused a 16-inch piece of titanium to fall from one of the airlines DC-10s during its takeoff roll from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. [Read more...]