Foreign object damage (FOD) is defined as any damage attributed to a foreign object that can be expressed in physical or economic terms, which may or may not degrade the product’s required safety and/or performance characteristics. Some examples of how a foreign object causes damage include ingestion of loose hardware by an aircraft engine or passing debris through wind tunnel blades, short circuiting of flight electronics, contamination of sensors and optics, mechanisms that fail to operate properly and chemical attack on the physical properties of materials.
Please View Our (FOD) Signs And Frames Page
IHST (International Helicopter Safety Team) Safety Survey
The IHST’s regional teams have analyzed over 1,000 helicopter accidents and determined that the following four areas offer the best opportunities to prevent helicopter accidents:
1. Safety Management Systems (SMS)
2. Structured programs for initial and recurrent training
3. Mission-specific systems and equipment, including:
- Health & usage monitoring systems (HUMS)
- Flight data monitoring (FDM) programs
- Night vision goggles
- Wire strike protection
This IHST global safety survey is intended to assess the progress toward full implementation of these practices within each industry sector in every region. While some of the recommended systems and equipment have mission specific application, the other recommendations for SMS, training and maintenance practices are universally applicable.
CONFIDENTIALITY: Your inputs will be kept confidential and will not be shared for advertising or marketing. The survey summary report will aggregate inputs by type of operation and use. Individual inputs will not be attributed to you or your company.
IHST Global Safety Survey Click To Tweet