New FOD Detection System Now Operational in Israel
The new FODetect foreign object debris (FOD) detection systems went operational last week at Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion International Airport (LLBG). The equipment, developed by Israeli company Xsight Systems, was certified after an evaluation process and soft launch on Ben Gurion’s primary Runway 8/26.
“During the past nine months [of testing] an average of six items per month were collected from the runway,” said Yair Gannot, safety director with the Israel Airports Authority. “We had no case of FOD found by our manual inspectors that was not earlier detected and visualized by the automated FOD detection system,” he added.