Foreign Object Damage Update
How to Make South Carolina a "FOD-Free" State
"FOD control in civilian aviation is a joke." So says a retired military aviator. FOD leads to millions of dollars each year in turbine engine, propeller and tire damage. Causal factors?
-Ineffective or no FOD prevention program.
-Un-vegetated, rocky, and/or sandy soil.
-Infrequent pavement inspections.
-Unrestricted vehicle traffic on airport operations areas.
An effective FOD Prevention Program features the following:
-A decision by the airport to make it a priority!
-Involves airport management, all tenants and operators.
-Is formalized in writing, published and communicated.
-Includes pavement inspections and maintenance.
-Surrounding vegetation/soil inspections and maintenance.
-Housekeeping (pick up the trash).
-Consider inexpensive equipment such as sweepers, magnet bars for tugs, etc.
A FOD Prevention Program can often be implemented at low cost. An airport with an aggressive, visible FOD campaign will be set apart as a user-friendly airport. Our thanks to Council member and Hamilton-Owens Airport Director Chris Eversmann for his valuable work on this project!