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TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD WASHINGTON, D.C. 2011 www.TRB.org A I R P O R T C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M ACRP SYNTHESIS 26 Research Sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration SUBSCRIBER CATEGORIES Aviation and Safety and Human Factors Current Airport Inspection Practices Regarding FOD (Foreign Object Debris/Damage) A Synthesis of Airport Practice CONSULTANT C. DANIEL PRATHER Prather Airport Solutions, Inc. Murfreesboro, Tennessee
AIRPORT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM Airports are vital national resources. They serve a key role in transportation of people and goods and in regional, national, and international commerce. They are where the nationâs aviation sys- tem connects with other modes of transportation and where federal responsibility for managing and regulating air traffic operations intersects with the role of state and local governments that own and operate most airports. Research is necessary to solve common oper- ating problems, to adapt appropriate new technologies from other industries, and to introduce innovations into the airport industry. The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) serves as one of the principal means by which the airport industry can develop innovative near-term solutions to meet demands placed on it. The need for ACRP was identified in TRB Special Report 272: Airport Research Needs: Cooperative Solutions in 2003, based on a study sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The ACRP carries out applied research on problems that are shared by airport operating agencies and are not being adequately addressed by existing federal research programs. It is modeled after the successful National Cooperative Highway Research Program and Transit Cooperative Research Program. The ACRP undertakes research and other technical activities in a variety of airport subject areas, including design, construction, maintenance, operations, safety, security, policy, planning, human resources, and administra- tion. The ACRP provides a forum where airport operators can coop- eratively address common operational problems. The ACRP was authorized in December 2003 as part of the Vision 100-Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act. 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ACRP SYNTHESIS 26 Project 11-03, Topic S04-06 ISSN 1935-9187 ISBN 978-0-309-14343-1 Library of Congress Control Number 2011300008 Â© 2011 National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. COPYRIGHT INFORMATION Authors herein are responsible for the authenticity of their materials and for obtaining written permissions from publishers or persons who own the copyright to any previously published or copyrighted material used herein. Cooperative Research Programs (CRP) grants permission to reproduce material in this publication for classroom and not-for-profit purposes. Permission is given with the understanding that none of the material will be used to imply TRB or FAA endorsement of a particular product, method, or practice. It is expected that those reproducing the material in this document for educational and not-for-profit uses will give appropriate acknowledgment of the source of any reprinted or reproduced material. For other uses of the material, request permission from CRP. 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ACRP COMMITTEE FOR PROJECT 11-03 CHAIR JULIE KENFIELD Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. MEMBERS RANDALL P. BURDETTE Virginia Department of Aviation KEVIN C. DOLLIOLE Union Consulting, Inc. LINDA HOWARD Bastrop, Texas ARLYN PURCELL Port Authority of New York and New Jersey BURR STEWART Seattle, Washington FAA LIAISON PAUL DEVOTI ACIâNORTH AMERICA LIAISON A.J. MULDOON AIRCRAFT OWNERS AND PILOTS ASSOCIATION LIAISON JOHN L. COLLINS TRB LIAISON CHRISTINE GERENCHER ACKNOWLEDGEMENT The research reported herein was performed under ACRP Project S04- 06 by Prather Airport Solutions, Inc. Dr. C. Daniel Prather, Principal, was the Project Director and Principal Investigator. Research assistants participating in the project were Mr. Michael Smalley, Mr. Brian Clifton, and Ms. Jennifer Johnston. Cover figure: During a B747 departure under takeoff thrust, a 1,000- foot portion of the runway asphalt shoulder pavement failed, creating a significant amount of FOD, causing a 1 hour runway closure, and requiring a sweeper to remove the FOD. Used with permission. COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAMS STAFF CHRISTOPHER W. JENKS, Director, Cooperative Research Programs CRAWFORD F. JENCKS, Deputy Director, Cooperative Research Programs MICHAEL R. SALAMONE, Senior Program Officer JOSEPH J. BROWN-SNELL, Program Associate EILEEN P. DELANEY, Director of Publications SYNTHESIS STUDIES STAFF STEPHEN R. GODWIN, Director for Studies and Special Programs JON M. WILLIAMS, Program Director, IDEA and Synthesis Studies JO ALLEN GAUSE, Senior Program Officer GAIL R. STABA, Senior Program Officer DONNA L. VLASAK, Senior Program Officer DON TIPPMAN, Senior Editor CHERYL KEITH, Senior Program Assistant DEMISHA WILLIAMS, Senior Program Assistant DEBBIE IRVIN, Program Associate TOPIC PANEL MICHAEL J. BEGIER, U.S. Department of Agriculture KEVIN B. BLEACH, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey CHRISTINE GERENCHER, Transportation Research Board EDWIN E. HERRICKS, University of IllinoisâUrbanaâChampaign JOHN OSTROM, Metropolitan Airports CommissionâMinneapolisâ St. Paul International Airport BRETT PATTERSON, Vancouver International Airport Authority STEPHEN M. QUILTY, SMQ Airport Services, Lutz, FL RYAN E. ROCHA, San Antonio Airport Systems TRICIA HALPIN, Federal Aviation Administration, Des Plaines, IL (Liaison) RICHARD MARCHI, Airports Council InternationalâNorth America (Liaison)
Airport administrators, engineers, and researchers often face problems for which infor- mation already exists, either in documented form or as undocumented experience and prac- tice. This information may be fragmented, scattered, and unevaluated. As a consequence, full knowledge of what has been learned about a problem may not be brought to bear on its solution. Costly research findings may go unused, valuable experience may be overlooked, and due consideration may not be given to recommended practices for solving or alleviat- ing the problem. There is information on nearly every subject of concern to the airport industry. Much of it derives from research or from the work of practitioners faced with problems in their day- to-day work. To provide a systematic means for assembling and evaluating such useful information and to make it available to the entire airport community, the Airport Coopera- tive Research Program authorized the Transportation Research Board to undertake a con- tinuing project. This project, ACRP Project 11-03, âSynthesis of Information Related to Airport Practices,â searches out and synthesizes useful knowledge from all available sources and prepares concise, documented reports on specific topics. Reports from this endeavor constitute an ACRP report series, Synthesis of Airport Practice. This synthesis series reports on current knowledge and practice, in a compact format, without the detailed directions usually found in handbooks or design manuals. Each report in the series provides a compendium of the best knowledge available on those measures found to be the most successful in resolving specific problems. FOREWORD In an effort to better control FOD (Foreign Object Debris/Damage) and minimize the hazards associated with FOD on the air operations area, many airports have developed com- prehensive FOD management programs, beginning with FOD inspections. In general, FOD inspections range from a simple visual inspection to continuous monitoring technologies. This synthesis report details the components of a comprehensive FOD management pro- gram, and compiles current practices, techniques, and lists of tools available for use, or those currently being used by, airports for FOD inspections. C. Daniel Prather, Prather Airport Solutions, Inc., Murfreesboro, Tennessee, collected and synthesized the information and wrote the report. The members of the topic panel are acknowledged on the preceding page. This synthesis is an immediately useful document that records the practices that were acceptable within the limitations of the knowledge avail- able at the time of its preparation. As progress in research and practice continues, new knowledge will be added to that now at hand. PREFACE By Gail R. Staba Senior Program Officer Transportation Research Board
CONTENTS 1 SUMMARY 3 CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION Background, 3 Natural Materials, 5 Overview of Study, 10 13 CHAPTER TWO INSPECTION Current Requirements and Guidelines, 13 Inspection Areas, 13 Inspection Techniques, 15 Prevention Techniques, 15 Current Equipment and Technology Aavailable for Iinspection, 16 Current Airport Inspection Practices, 17 19 CHAPTER THREE DETECTION Current Equipment and Technology Available for Detection, 19 Foreign Object Debris Risk Assessment, 22 Current Airport Detection Practices, 23 25 CHAPTER FOUR REMOVAL Current Equipment Available for Removal, 25 Current Airport Removal Practices, 29 31 CHAPTER FIVE DOCUMENTATION AND ANALYSIS OF DATA Documented Items, 31 Database, 31 Assessing Performance, 32 Improving Foreign Object Debris Management, 33 Current Equipment and Technology Available for Documentation, 33 Current Airport Documentation Practices, 35 37 CHAPTER SIX TRAINING AND PROMOTION Human Factors, 37 Culture, 38 Training, 38 Promotion, 39 Current Airport Training, Promotion, and Management Practices, 42 45 CHAPTER SEVEN CONCLUSIONS 47 ACRONYMS
48 REFERENCES 50 BIBLIOGRAPHY 51 APPENDIX A PARTICIPATING AIRPORTS 52 APPENDIX B AIRPORT SURVEY OF INSPECTION PRACTICES QUESTIONNAIRE 66 APPENDIX C SURVEY OF MANUFACTURER/SUPPLIERS OF AIRPORT INSPECTION TECHNOLOGY AND EQUIPMENT QUESTIONNAIRE 71 APPENDIX D SAMPLE FOD AND DAMAGE PREVENTION STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE 76 APPENDIX E SAMPLE FOD PROGRAM AND INSPECTION GUIDANCE 78 APPENDIX F SAMPLE FOD WALK GUIDANCE 81 APPENDIX G SAMPLE FOD INSPECTION FORM 83 APPENDIX H SAMPLE LETTER OF AGREEMENT FOR UNPLANNED RUNWAY CLOSURES 86 APPENDIX I LISTING OF EQUIPMENT AND TECHNOLOGY FOR FOD MANAGEMENT