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


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…

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

FOD News Roundup – September 3rd, 2016

Wireless Power FOD

Can a stray coin stop your cell phone from charging? Texas Instruments explains how FOD lodged between the transmitter and receptor can prevent wireless devices from receiving an electrical power, in two videos: Wireless Power 101: FOD Introduction and Wireless Power 101: FOD Lab Session.

Image: Texas Instruments (screenshot)


Dropped Cell Phone in Cabins

What happens when you let your smartphone fall into your seat mechanism? It isn’t pretty for your phone or aircraft safety. Aerospace manufacturers are getting smart by designing storage spaces for phone owners flying in premium class.

Image Caption: PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay


600,000 Drones?

It’s going to get crowded up there. New applications for certification as a commercial drone pilot are pouring in, after the FAA loosened up requirements. As a result, the agency expects that well over a half-million new UAV’s will take to the skies within a year.

Image Caption: Image: A1C Kirby Turbak, US Air Force


Helicopter vs. Towel

Yes, you can crash a Huey into a mountainside with a dirty piece of rag. A pilot suffered minor injuries during a logging operation after a towel somehow ingested itself into the inlet guide vanes, according to an NTSP investigation of the 2015 incident.

Image Caption: Image: Tendencia/Pixabay


Fuel / Liquid Spill Berms

The FOD Control Corporation now offers custom-designed temporary berms to contain hazardous or environmentally-sensitive spills.

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FOD News Roundup – August 3rd, 2016

FOD Tips from the NTSB

An AA-5B prop plane brought down by paint chips? If you're an aircraft mechanic, read this Safety Alert from the National Transportation Safety Board. Includes recommended practice for controlling FOD during MRO activities, a collection of failure examples and a list of informative links.

Image: Shop rags in compressor case. Source:


Video: Medical Cleanroom

Take a walk through Brentwood Industry’s 12,000 square foot ISO Class 7 cleanroom at its Reading, Pennsylvania manufacturing plant, with custom thermoforming, injection molding, airlock entrance to maintain air pressurization, dedicated gowning room, and a segregated material loading bay.

Image Source: YouTube (screenshot)


Wet Pavement Safety

Don’t you just hate it when your airliner skids across a rain-soaked runway and into the nearest control tower? Starting in October, the Federal Aviation Administration will require that federally-obligated airports use the new TALPA procedures to assess the safety of runways that are not dry. Review these online resources for improving air operations during inclement weather.

Image Source: Federal Aviation Administration


Great Flocks of Drones?

The United Kingdom is confronting a surge in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s), which nearly collided with manned aircraft more often in the first six months of 2016 than during all of 2015. British authorities are trying to assess the potential dangers of a drone strike, as compared to the more common bird strike.

Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

New! FOD Bags Available Online

OK, you've dutifully picked some FOD off the ground. Now what do you do with it? These rugged FOD Bags offer a flexible, portable and lightweight place to store found debris for later disposal.

Image Source: The FOD Control Corporation

FOD News Roundup – June 3rd, 2016

Is the F-18 Safer than the F-35?

The fighter wars are raging again, only this time in the press room instead of the skies. Boeing’s chief F/A-18 Super Hornet test pilot makes his case for the two-engine fighter being less vulnerable to catastrophic FOD incidents than the single-engine F-35 Lightning.

Image credit: Royal Canadian Air Force


AI vs. FOD

There’s another player in the global aviation market for FOD detection sensors. ArgosAI Technology, based in Ankara, Turkey, has developed an artificial intelligence system that analyzes images of runway debris, then transmits the data to airport staff for action.

Image © Alper Cuğun. Some rights reserved.


Shadowing FOD

QA inspectors at the Shaw Air Force Base's 20th Fighter Wing do more than just look for debris in their F-16CM Fighting Falcons. They also shadow the aircraft’s maintainers, watching for noncompliant behavior that can lead to unsafe work habits.

Image Credit: A1C Destinee Dougherty, USAF

Video: F-15 Engine

Watch this fascinating video of an Air Force sergeant describing the inner workings and sucking power of an F-15 Eagle engine.

Image credit: Screenshot


New FOD Slideshow

Aviation Week’s new photo slideshow on the dangers of FOD features concise information on safety issues and several potential solutions. It also features two of our equipment lines, the FOD-Razor™ Airport Runway Sweeper and the 55-Gallon Drum Conversion kit.

Image credit: The FOD Control Corporation


Hazmat Storage

The FOD Control Corporation now supplies hazardous materials storage equipment! From indoor chemical cabinets to outdoor safety lockers to 55-gallon drum sheds, we will keep your facility safe.

Image Credit: The FOD Control Corporation

FOD News Roundup – May 3rd, 2016

Fatal Crash May Have Involved Bird Strike

Investigators have discovered eagle residue on a Cessna 172 that crashed near Birchwood Airport in Alaska, killing the pilot, a retired National Transportation Safety Administration investigator, and three other occupants.

Image Credit:US FWS


Video: Ramp Worker Safety

Harrisburg International Airport has a fun 2-plus minute video demonstrating proper ramp procedures for vehicle, baggage and other employees working around commercial aircraft..

Image: Screen shot.


Pothole Shuts Down Major Runway

Airlines and their passengers experienced delays of over an hour when an aircraft dislodged chunks from a runway at LaGuardia Airport, creating an opening large enough to fit a person.

Image © Patrick Handigan. Some rights reserved.


Ocean Freight Sees Increase in Fuel FOD

Environmental regulations requiring ships to use low-sulphur fuel is damaging their engines. The culprits are tiny metallic particles called “Cat fines” used in the fuel refining process.

Image credit: US EPA


NEW! FOD Control Corp. Supplies Hazmat Equipment

Ready to improve your hazardous materials safety program? We are expanding our product catalog with fire-rated outdoor lockers, indoor chemical cabinets, drum sheds, and temporary fuel-spill berms.

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FOD News Roundup – February 4, 2016

News Report: Airport Remains Open Despite FOD

January 24, 2016: The runway at Bauerfield International Airport (IATA: VLI, ICAO: NVVV) in the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu has deteriorated to the point that some airlines have halted flights, according to a report by Newshub. Airport authorities have commenced short-term solutions, such as daily sweeping, to collect debris formed from loose pieces of tarmac. Read more...

Bauerfield International Airport, Vanuatu

Bauerfield IAP. Image Copyright © Julie Lyn. Some rights reserved.


White Paper: Comparing Airport Sweeper Technologies

January 4, 2016: There is no “one size fits all” single best technology for sweeping foreign object debris (FOD) from broad airport surface areas such as runways, taxiways, ramps and aprons, in all circumstances. So, instead of looking for the best sweeper available, focus instead on acquiring the most appropriate solution for your specific FOD control program. Read more...

FOD-Razor™ Triplex Version

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News Report: Dead Deer vs. Aircraft

February 1, 2016: Hunters kill deer for food. Deer remains wash ashore near Sitka Rock Gutierrez Airport (SIT). Birds flock to the airport to dine on the remains. You can imagine how this can affect runway safety, so airport officials need to be extra vigilant during subsistence hunting season in Alaska, according to this article by KTOO Public Media. (Warning: graphic images) Read more...

Sitka Airport, Alaska

Sitka Airport. Image Copyright © James Brooks. Some rights reserved.


FOD Education: Tool Room Assessment Checklist

February 1, 2016: Tracking and inventorying tools in a FOD-sensitive environment can take away precious time from your core mission activities. Here's a handy guide to help you speed up the process, get better organized and prevent lost items from damaging equipment and endangering lives. Read more...

Old Messy Workshop

Image Copyright © Unsplash. CC0 public domain license.


News Report: Automated Detection System

December 8, 2015: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) has installed a new FOD detection system for its recently-reconstructed center runway, according to a public statement by the Port of Seattle. Developed by the Israeli firm Xsight Systems, it utilizes image and radar processing algorithms to scan for debris and birds. Read more...

FOD Detect

Image courtesy of Xsight Systems.

FOD News Roundup – October 10, 2015

Military Helicopter Problems

October 9: According to the US Navy, FOD causes most of the engine failures aboard the heavy Sea Dragon and Super Stallion military helicopters, which are in service in the US Navy, the US Marine Corps and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.
Super Stallion Helicopter

Image Credit: United States Navy


Finding Invisible FOD

September 17: The US Air Force's 380th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron uses x-ray machines for "nondestructive" inspections of F-15E Strike Eagles and other warplanes, searching deep within the aircraft for hidden foreign object debris.
"It's the quickest and most effective way to look ... without tearing the aircraft apart."
380EMS X-ray Machine

Image Credit: Tech Sgt Christopher Boitz, USAF


Bird Strike Science

September 8: Modelling the physics of avian collisions is a must for anyone trying to design aircraft structures that can still fly safely immediately after such an incident, according to Chris Jones, VP for aerospace and defence at Cyient.
"Working out a single, overarching approach to impact simulation first requires a comparative assessment of the three most common current methods of modelling..."
Bird Srike on Wing

When the Rubber Meets the Load

August 31: The US Air Force's 62nd Airlift Wing had a problem. Their cargo pallets kept falling apart, spreading nails, wood chunks and other debris across the AOA. Thousands of dollars blew away in the wind every time they had to built a new pallet. Then they hit on a solution:
"[We] know of a local rock quarry ... that had worn out tires from their earth movers that they needed to get rid of..."
Cargo Pallets

Image Credit: Staff Sgt Katie Jackson, USAF


Announcing Our New Runway Sweeper!

The FOD Control Corporation proudly announces the release of its new airport runway sweeper, the FOD-Razor™. This is a USA-manufactured, high-quality, lower-priced version of the popular friction mat sweeper that collects over 95% of everything it its path and is so portable that you can transport it in a pickup truck or small helicopter. Visit us online to learn more!
The FOD-Razor™ Airport Runway Sweeper (Triplex Version)

The FOD-Razor™ Airport Runway Sweeper (Triplex Version)

FOD News Roundup – August 31, 2015

Dangerous Bubble Wrap

August 14: A Boeing 777 made an emergency landing at London's Heathrow Airport after a gradual accumulation of bubble wrap, wire and insulation blocked an air duct, leading to a failure of the cockpit's oxygen system. Neglect FOD control and it will build up over time.
bubble wrap

Image Credit: Lynn Greyling


Did Cockpit FOD Destroy a Fighter?

July 31: Investigators believe that an improperly stored checklist probably affected the controls of a Greek F-16 fighter jet, causing it to plunge to the ground shortly after takeoff in January, killing nine people.
Hellenic F-16

Image Credit: SSgt Thomas Tower, US Air Force


Bird Strike DID Destroy Another Fighter

August 18: A flock of birds caused a Mirage F1 fighter jet from the Royal Moroccan Air Force to crash during a landing operation. The pilot ejected and survived.

Royal Moroccan Mirage F-1

Image Credit: Aminovich


All Hail the FOD

August 8: A hailstorm over the Great Plains of the central United States shattered the nose cone and cracked the windshields of an Airbus A320 on a Delta flight from Boston to Salt Lake City, forcing it to make an emergency landing in Denver.
Airbus A320

Image Credit: Alf Van Beem


Disaster Cleanups

August 13: The US Air National Guard usually collects FOD from its flight areas and shops. Now, the 109th Airlift Wing has a new mission: Deploy its new "debris clearance team" to disaster zones with chainsaws, skid steers, rakes and shovels to clear blocked roads, helping first responders and power companies to reach their destinations.
109 AW Disaster Cleanup Team

Image Credit: New York Air National Guard


Skinning a B-52

August 5: Barksdale Air Force Base's 2nd Maintenance Squadron Fabrication Flight helps to keep the B-52 fleet free of FOD by maintaining the integrity of the venerable Stratofortress' metal skin and bones.
Barksdale AFB Sheet Metal

Image Credit: SrA Janelle Dickey, US Air Force


BASH-ing Bird Strikes

July 26: From lawnmowers to electric fences, A US Department of Agriculture wildlife biologist describes how he manages the Bird/Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH) program at Little Rock Air Force Base.
BASH Program, Little Rock AFB

Image Credit: Tammy L. Reed, US Air Force


Invasion of the Drones

August 12: Reports of close calls between piloted aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles could quadruple in 2015, endangering aircraft and even aerial fire-fighting operations, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The agency stressed that illegal drone activity is a criminal offense that can result in fines or even jail time.

Image Credit: Bakó Gábor


Reporting Wildlife

August 4: Both commercial and general aviation airports continue to improve their reporting of wildlife strikes to the Federal Aviation Administration. The voluntary reporting program is so successful that the agency concluded that it's not necessary to make it mandatory at this time.
seagulls and plane NARA

Image Credit: Donald Emmerich, US Environmental Protection Agency



August 20: Officials at India's Biju Patnaik International Airport are concerned that the presence of nearby slaughterhouses, slums and agriculture attracts stray animals and birds to the airport.
stray dogs

Image Credit: Robert & Mihaela Vicol


Blown Tires, Dead Bears

July 27: Meet the North Carolina Department of Transportation maintenance specialists who ride that ribbon of highway every day, searching for and picking up large road debris, sometimes so stinky that even the prison road crews have a hard time touching it.
bear on the road

Image Credit: Jackie Skaggs, National Park Service

FOD News Roundup – July 31, 2015

FOD Dust

July 16: The new composite materials used to create light-weight aircraft — such as the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 — can generate a lot of dust and particulates during the manufacturing process or in MRO facilities. Learn how one shop takes special measures to contain this tiny FOD before it contaminates the entire work area.
Airbus A350 

Cleanroom Gloves

June 25: Is your manufacturing environment so sensitive that you need gloves to handle delicate equipment or goods? Watch these short demonstrations of how to put on cleanroom gloves in either general or sterile environments.
cleanroom gloves 

Dangerous Drones

July 19: In what appears to be either a malicious attempt to spread a wildfire or an incredibly stupid act of negligence, a group of unmanned aerial vehicles harassed a firefighting tanker aircraft in California, forcing it to temporarily abandon efforts to control a massive blaze that destroyed several vehicles on a rural highway.
firefighting aircraft 

New FAA Regulations

July 20: The Federal Aviation Administration is soliciting comments while it considers a proposed rule to tighten regulations for transport category airplanes, such as operating speeds at low altitudes, in order to lessen damage during bird strikes.
aircraft and bird flock 

African Bird Strikes

July 3: Diligent FOD prevention is always cost-effective! Airline operators in Nigeria report that bird strikes at the nation's airports cost their industry over $180 million per year, blaming negligence by government and regulatory agencies. 

Navy FOD Fighting

July 6: Naval airmen aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington take pride in their aircraft, their maintenance efforts and their silent, thrice-per-day FOD walkdowns. 
USS George Washington 

Moments in FOD History: World War

Check out Learn and Live, a vintage 1943 safety training video for pilots flying for US Army Air Forces during World War Two. Saint Peter and a flight instructor meet at the gates of Heaven to discuss why so many American pilots have recently died from preventable accidents. Complete with plane crashes and explosions with 1940's style visual effects.
Learn and Live