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Foreign Object Detection: Smart airport pavement health monitoring

2 June 2015 | By 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...

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Preventing the next ‘Miracle on the Hudson’

26 January 2015 | By Dr Nicholas B Carter, World Birdstrike Association

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

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Improving runway safety

13 December 2014 | By

Eight years in the making, Oakland International Airport has now completed its runway safety area upgrade programme. Senior Aviation Project Manager, Joshua Polston, provides an overview

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Airfield Safety: Automated obstacle control

19 December 2013 | By 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...

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Detecting a tragedy

1 June 2012 | By 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…

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BAA’s collaborative approach

16 July 2009 | By 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.

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Foreign Object Debris (FOD) detection research

28 March 2008 | By 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…

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World’s first FOD detection system at YVR

3 April 2007 | By 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…

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