Foreign Object Debris (FOD) is a constant threat to aircraft safety and the source of damage in countless events at airports everywhere. FOD damage ranges from superficial to severe and costs the aviation industry millions of dollars each year, sometimes even with catastrophic results as happened with the Concorde crash in Paris.

The Safety Council has therefore embarked on an awareness campaign to proactively attack FOD at the Palmetto state’s airport operating surfaces. The goal is to bring together pilots, airport tenants, and governmental entities at each of South Carolina’s 60 airports to effectively make South Carolina a “FOD-free state” and help showcase the state’s progressive aviation landscape and leadership.

This safety initiative is designed to reinforce the state’s emerging role as a world leader in aviation and aerospace by letting industry know “it’s safe to land in South Carolina!”

FOD Awareness:

Fall 2011 Palmetto Aviation Article

Foreign Object Damage (FOD) Presentation: Hamilton-Owens Airport

Debris Hazards at Airports

Airport FOD Management

FAA Wildlife Strike Hazard Assessment