Foreign Object Debris (FOD) poses a significant threat to aircraft and equipment, leading to potential injuries and substantial financial losses within the aviation industry. According to Boeing, the annual cost of FOD-related damages reaches a staggering $4 billion.
FOD Prevention Program
FOD includes a wide range of material, including loose hardware, pieces of luggage, cargo supporting material and plastic pallet covers.
To mitigate risks, a comprehensive FOD prevention program of training, facility inspection and coordination between all affected parties can minimise FOD and its effects.
A program to control airport FOD is most effective when it addresses four main areas:
2. Inspection by airline, airport, and airplane handling agency personnel
Airlines, ground handling agents and airport operators can reduce this cost by taking steps to prevent airport FOD.
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