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Foreign Object Detection (FOD) - Articles and news items

Foreign Object Detection: Smart airport pavement health monitoring

Issue 3 2015  •  2 June 2015  •  Halil Ceylan, Kasthurirangan Gopalakrishnan and Sunghwan Kim of Iowa State University

In light of several incidents of runway cracking and blowup in the last few years, Halil Ceylan, Kasthurirangan Gopalakrishnan and Sunghwan Kim of Iowa State University’s Program for Sustainable Pavement Engineering and Research (PROSPER) review ‘smart’ technologies that can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of surface monitoring...

Preventing the next ‘Miracle on the Hudson’

Airport Extra  •  26 January 2015  •  Dr Nicholas B Carter, World Birdstrike Association

Six years after the miraculous ditching of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River, Dr Nicholas Carter of the World Birdstrike Association explains how Pharovision and New York’s LaGuardia Airport are trialling a new avian infrared detection system...

Airfield Safety: Automated obstacle control

Issue 6 2013  •  19 December 2013  •  Seong-Kag Hong, Vice President, Aerodrome Division at Incheon International Airport Corporation.

Incheon International Airport uses an automated airport obstacle control system to maintain a safe airfield. Seong-Kag Hong, Vice President for Incheon’s Aerodrome Division provides an overview of the system...

Israel Airports Authority launches Xsight Systems’ FODetect

Airport news  •  15 May 2013  •  Xsight Systems

FODetect®, an automated Foreign Object Detection system, is now fully operational in Tel-Aviv Ben-Gurion International Airport...

Detecting a tragedy

Issue 3 2012  •  1 June 2012  •  Mr Nutt, Vice President, Aviation Safety, Airports of Thailand

The risks of Foreign Object Debris (FOD) have been well documented, both within the industry and the main stream media. The tragic events of Air France flight 4590, when Concorde crashed at Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport, was caused by a piece of debris on the runway – a titanium alloy strip that had become displaced five minutes previously from a Continental Airlines DC-10 aircraft – rupturing one of the Concorde’s tyres, propelling debris into the underside of the wing structure and ultimately causing the aircraft to catch fire and crash, killing all passengers and crew onboard.Twelve years on, detecting FOD is now a crucial part of an airport’s operations. Suvanabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand has recently invested in the latest technology to recognise any potential dangers that may be lurking on its runway. Mark Glover from International Airport Review spoke to Mr. Nutt, Vice President of Aviation Safety at Airports of Thailand (AOT) to find out more about the initiative.How important is the detection of FOD on your airport’s runways?

BAA’s collaborative approach

Issue 4 2009, Past issues  •  16 July 2009  •  Colin Wood, Director of Airside and Baggage Operations (BAA Heathrow)

Heathrow is the world’s busiest international airport, handling approximately 471,000 air traffic movements annually and employing over 72,000 people, of which a large number are airside workers. The scale and importance of ensuring efficiency among such a vast number of organisations is clear.

Foreign Object Debris (FOD) detection research

Issue 2 2008, Past issues  •  28 March 2008  •  Jim Patterson Jr, Airport Safety Specialist, FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is conducting research to evaluate various technologies capable of detecting Foreign Object Debris (FOD), that may have fallen onto a runway or taxiway. The research being conducted under this program is very aggressive, calling for the installation of different detection technologies at major United States airports, along with a very thorough evaluation process that assesses performance under a full range of weather and operational conditions.

World’s first FOD detection system at YVR

Issue 2 2007, Past issues  •  3 April 2007  •  Brett Patterson, Director, Operations Safety and Planning, Vancouver Airport Authority

In March 2000 an A330 departed YVR’s runway 08R shortly after 8pm. During its takeoff roll, and unknown to the flight crew, the port engine cowling fell off the aircraft and shattered into hundreds of pieces down one side of the runway. The flight crew of the tenth aircraft to use the runway reported seeing some debris on the runway, at which time airfield operations staff responded and reported the debris which initiated a clean-up procedure whilst simultaneously contacting the crew of the A330 to advise them of the situation.


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