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FOD – Sources and Solutions for an Ever Present Airport Safety Hazard

Assigned to Erik Bullard
Last Edited by Erik Bullard

Develop guidance to assist airports in understanding the most common sources of FOD and effective solutions to managing the associated risk of this hazard.

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

FOD is a constant hazard at every airport. Understanding the sources, the impacts and the practices to best manage the risk presented by FOD will enhance safety for any airport. In the U.S., commercial airlines incur over a $1 billion annually in aircraft damage that is the result of operations on the ground. FOD is a major contributor to this outlay of resources. Airlines have a long track record of cooperating with airports in FOD programs. The better and more proactive airports are when it comes to FOD management the more likely the airlines are to partner and assist in this endeavor. The research will provide practical knowledge about common FOD sources and how to deal with them. This project will synthesize effective and best practices at airport in the U.S. and abroad. As an example, tracking and measuring the occurrences of FOD while tying it back to the root cause or source for the FOD is considered best practice. Airports have also invested in awareness and recognition programs to help get everyone on board to combat FOD. This research should jump start that process and way of thinking at airports.

Objective (What is the desired product or result that will help the airport industry?)

A synthesis of effective and best practices an practical knowledge at airports in the United States and abroad, regarding common sources of FOD and how deal with them.

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