FDC Aerofilter (Booth No. 3713) will supply engine inlet barrier filter (IBF) systems for Sikorsky’s S-76D and S-92 models. This follows on FDC’s long-standing relationship with Sikorsky, harking back to its agreement to supply IBF systems for the S-76C++ production helicopters. The IBF systems are integrated into the design of the S-76D and S-92 models, and provide efficient protection from foreign object damage (FOD), erosion and corrosion.
Foreign object damage
Most mechanics are familiar with the Snap-on tool truck that arrives weekly at the maintenance hangar, dispensing not only shiny and traditional wrenches and sockets but also technologically sophisticated products to help facilitate aircraft maintenance.
ICAO’s two-week Assembly in Montreal in late September/early October covered much new ground as senior representatives from the world’s nations got to grips with the challenges civil aviation faces as it transitions to a still unfolding advanced-technology environment.
It has been more than 10 years since an Air France Concorde crashed shortly after takeoff at Paris Charles De Gaulle. Fragments of an exploding tire ruptured one of its fuel tanks, creating a fierce fire that soon brought down the SST. The tire burst after striking a two-inch-wide, 16-inch-long titanium strip that had fallen onto the runway from a preceding aircraft.
A bold move by British Airways in April–the launching of 26 airplanes toward the UK while British airspace was closed–finally broke the European airspace logjam caused by volcanic ash clouds from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano.
The FAA is expected to issue on October 1 its Advisory Circular on automatic runway foreign object debris (FOD) detection and alerting systems, following a seven-week industry comment period. The draft AC was issued on August 11 to coincide with the annual conference of National Aerospace FOD Prevention in Layton City, Utah.
The FAA was expected to issue on October 1 its Advisory Circular on automatic runway foreign object debris (FOD) detection and alerting systems, following a seven-week industry comment period. The draft AC was issued on August 11 to coincide with the annual conference of National Aerospace FOD Prevention in Layton City, Utah.
The FAA is seeking industry comment by September 4 on draft AC 150/5220-xx, which addresses automatic foreign object debris (FOD) detection and alerting systems evaluated by the FAA Technical Center and the University of Illinois Center of Excellence in Airport Technology.
I’m hoping that the next time Discovery Channel decides to do a special on Crashes that Changed Flying–and asks for my opinion–I’ll be able to point to Captain Sully’s landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in the frigid waters of the Hudson River this past January as the accident that finally got something done about the dangers of birdstrikes.
The FAA published CertAlert No. 09-06 on March 17 warning airport operators to act promptly when there are reports of FOD on runways. According to the alert, “The FAA’s Office of Safety and Standards has been made aware of instances where some airports have failed to take immediate and positive action following a report of FOD (on or near the runway) from flight crews.