Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Problems. Topic S04-06. Current Airport Inspection Practices Regarding FOD/Wildlife Hazards

Self-inspection to promote airfield safety is a primary responsibility of the airport operator. Recent events have focused increased attention on airports' responsibilities to mitigate FOD and wildlife hazards. Airports conduct airfield and mandatory runway inspections, in part to monitor for and mitigate such hazards. In addition, upon notification from air traffic control or findings from self-inspection, airports respond and remove FOD and/or animal carcasses from operational surfaces. There is wide variation in how airport operators incorporate FOD and wildlife hazard inspection into airport management. Additionally, there is no readily available compendium of current airfield and runway monitoring and inspection practices at U.S. airports from which airport operators can review and improve their own inspection practices. FAA is sufficiently concerned to have recently issued an advisory circular governing the purchase of FOD detection systems with AIP funding. They have also issued a CERTALERT emphasizing the need for timely FOD removal, and expect to issue a FOD management advisory soon. This project will synthesize current literature and FOD and wildlife hazard inspection practices across airports to develop a comprehensive compendium of current practices in this area. The report will describe the range of inspection practices, from low-tech to fully automated and high-tech, and reasons for why the practice is chosen by an airport operator, including all benefits in addition to cost. The objective of this synthesis project is to compile FOD and wildlife management inspection practices across a wide variety of North American airports. The target audience for this synthesis is airport operators responsible for FOD, wildlife hazard, and other airfield and runway safety inspections.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 11-03, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Staba, Gail

  • Performing Organizations:

    Transportation Research Board

    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20001
  • Start Date: 20100501
  • Actual Completion Date: 20110601
  • Source Data: RiP Project 24615

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01461755
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-03, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:51PM