FOD is any object that does not belong near to aircraft and, as a result, can injure personnel or damage aircraft and other equipment. According to Boeing the resulting damage is estimated to cost the aerospace industry $4 billion a year.
FOD includes a wide range of material, including loose hardware, pieces of luggage, cargo supporting material and plastic pallet covers.
A FOD-prevention program of training, facility inspection and coordination between all affected parties can minimize FOD and its effects.
A program to control airport FOD is most effective when it addresses four main areas:
- 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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