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FOD walks at airports

In aviation, foreign object debris (FOD) is any object,  present in a  surface  dedicated to  aircraft's movements , which could potentially cause damage.t

The term FOD is used to describe both the foreign objects themselves, and any damage attributed to them.

Internal FOD is damage or hazards caused by foreign objects inside the aircraft. For example, cockpit FOD is a situation where an item gets loose in the cockpit and jams or restricts the operation of the controls. Tool FOD is a serious hazard caused by tools left inside the aircraft after manufacturing or servicing. Tools or other items can get tangled in control cables, jam moving parts, short out electrical connections, or otherwise interfere with safe flight. Aircraft maintenance teams usually have strict tool control procedures including toolbox inventories to make sure all tools have been removed from an aircraft before it is released for flight. Tools used during manufacturing are tagged with a serial number so if they are found they can be traced.

Examples of FOD include:

  • Aircraft parts, rocks, broken pavement, ramp equipment.
  • Parts from ground vehicles
  • Garbage, maintenance tools, etc. mistakenly or purposely deposited on tarmac and/or runway surfaces.
  • Hail: can break windshields and damage or stop engines.
  • Ice on the wings, propellers, or engine intakes
  • Bird collisions with engines or other sensitive parts of the aircraft.
  • Dust or ash clogging the air intakes

Sensitization is one of the effiscient method to fight "FOD" strike in our airports , every single employee must know that a. FOD is a severe danger for aircraft , and if you see it , pick it up .

That is why we organize quaterly on our main airports " FOD walks" wich consist of gathering all the personnels working on the airside from all companies to perform together a walk on the  runway and ramp picking up all debris that they might find .