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.
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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.
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Fuel / Liquid Spill Berms
The FOD Control Corporation now offers custom-designed temporary berms to contain hazardous or environmentally-sensitive spills.
Image Caption: Image: FODControl.com