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For airports, maintaining a safe, hazard-free environment is a matter of absolutely vital importance.  Yet even well-run airports often struggle to properly control a serious but often overlooked safety hazard: foreign object debris (FOD).  If not managed properly, foreign object debris can cause severe equipment damage and/or bodily injury.  This phenomenon is known as foreign object damage, which also has the acronym FOD.

To address the hazard posed by debris, airports should have runway cleaning equipment on hand that is capable of gathering the wide assortment of FOD that can be encountered at these facilities.  The FOD sweepers available from Aerosweep provide the best solution on the market today for keeping airport runways and other areas clear and safe. 
THE PROBLEM OF FOD
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) defines foreign object debris as “any object, live or not, located in an inappropriate location in the airport environment that has the capacity to injure airport or air carrier personnel and damage aircraft.”

These objects frequently take the form of loose nuts and bolts, misplaced tools (such as wrenches), and dislodged pieces of concrete. However, FOD can be virtually any type of unmanaged object, metallic or non-metallic, that may be found on airport runways, ramps, aprons, taxiways, and other aircraft operating areas (AOAs).

It is critical to understand that even seemingly harmless objects can be considered FOD. For instance, paperclips and styrofoam cups can become sucked into engines and turbines, possibly leading to equipment failure. 
 
Other types of FOD include:
  • Rocks
  • ID badges
  • Buttons (from clothing)
  • Gloves
  • Flashlights
  • Rags
  • Chock blocks
  • Water bottles
  • Soda cans
  • Luggage parts
  • Metal shavings
  • Pens
  • Washers
  • Buckets
  • Nails
  • Screws
FOD control programs are standard operating procedure at international airports around the world. Airline employees are generally trained on what they need to do in order to spot foreign objects and remove them from the environment. Even so, FOD prevention is never a simple task.
There are several reasons why FOD prevention is so tricky:
  • Lack of time - Often, it’s difficult for inspectors to cover in a timely fashion all the areas where FOD might be present. As a result, it’s all too tempting to simply skip certain spots that seem to be at low risk for harboring debris that can cause foreign object damage (FOD). The problem with this approach is that objects in seemingly “safe” locations can eventually migrate to more sensitive areas, such as a high-speed runway.

  • Human oversight - Some types of foreign object debris are all too easy to overlook. Tiny metal pins, for example, can escape the notice of even an observant inspector. However, even these kinds of items are capable of causing foreign object damage.

When it comes to removing the risk posed by FOD, it’s best to have high-quality equipment that is specially designed to collect these materials in an efficient manner. That’s what you get with Aerosweep’s airport runway sweepers.
AIRPORT FOD SWEEPERS FROM AEROSWEEP
Aerosweep has decades of experience with developing and manufacturing runway cleaning equipment that is suitable for use in commercial and military airfields. Our signature product is the FOD*BOSS Ultimate Airport Sweeper. This world-class airfield sweeper, designed to conform to military standards, offers a number of important safety features, including:

Debris Retention Blade

Keeps collected debris in place even when the truck stops or slows.

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Triple Elevator Steps

Helps collect debris when the vehicle is traveling at slower speeds.

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FODStop™ Barrier System

Divides the capture area into distinct zones to prevent overloading and ensure the even distribution of debris.

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GroundForce™ Tow Hitch

Stabilizes the sweeper during high-speed operation.

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Pintle Hook Adaptor

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GPS Sweep Tracker

FOD*BOSS Mobile App

Heavy Duty Mesh Cover

FOD*BOSS Heavy Duty Mesh Cover

Heavy Duty Aero Brush

AeroBrush - heavy duty airport sweeping brush for fod boss
In addition, each FOD*BOSS includes:
  • 10 year Guarantee/Warranty
  • Impact resistant blade design
  • Headwind sweeping capability
  • 10 year accidental damage coverage 
ADVANTAGES OF FOD*BOSS
The FOD*BOSS offers a number of time and labor-saving benefits, such as:

  • Rapid Response FOD Sweeper - It takes literally just a few minutes to connect the FOD*BOSS to your towing vehicle of choice.

  • Safer - Better - Faster Sweeping - The FOD*BOSS can collect debris at a wide range of vehicle speeds, from 3 mph (5 kph) to 40 mph (65 kph).

  • Tracking and Logging Capabilities - The FOD*BOSS Sweep Tracker iOS and Android App allows you to gather useful data relating to your FOD prevention efforts.

  • Long-lasting Reliability - The FOD*BOSS can be expected to provide greater than 4500 miles (7000 km) of service life.  It's also backed by a ten-year warranty.

  • All-weather Performance -The FOD*BOSS can function effectively in dry, wet, or windy conditions, without any change in pick-up rate.

With the FOD*BOSS, it’s possible to sweep your AOA quickly and effectively, which saves time and enables you to maintain a safer operating environment.
FOD*BOSS MODELS FROM AEROSWEEP

FOD*BOSS Ultimate Airport Sweeper is available in multiple models to accommodate your operational needs:

FOD*BOSS Ultimate Single

8 ft/2.44 m wide. Can sweep 2.7 million sq ft in an hour.

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FOD*BOSS Ultimate Duplex

16 ft/4.88 m wide. Can sweep 5.4 million sq ft in an hour.

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FOD*BOSS Ultimate Triplex

24 ft/7.3 m wide. Can sweep 8.1 million sq ft in an hour.

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AIRPORT RUNWAY SWEEPER COST

The cost of a FOD*BOSS Airport Sweeper is a lot less than you think and when you compare the results you can expect using our revolutionary technology, you’ll be amazed at how you can achieve a safer airside or trackside environment for so little cost.

EXAMPLE SWEEP TIME SAVINGS POSSIBLE
Runway Length:         2300 m (7,546 ft)
Runway Width:                45 m (    197 ft)
 
Sweep Time:                44:24 (MM:SS)
Runway Length:         2300 m (7,546 ft)
Runway Width:                45 m (    197 ft)
 
Sweep Time:                23.158 (MM:SS)
 
Compare Your AOA Sweep Times
Runway Length:         2300 m (7,546 ft)
Runway Width:                45 m (    197 ft)
 
Sweep Time:                16:12 (MM:SS)
Our FOD*BOSS Operators Manual (PDF) has more information about these systems.

Feel free to explore the links above to learn about our FOD*BOSS systems.  Be sure to contact us with any additional questions or concerns you may have. 
 

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