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.

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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.

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Accident Rate Plunges

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

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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.

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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.

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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 – 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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