2 Introduction FAA’s Airport Safety Technology R&D SubTeam Part of the Airport Technology R&D Team located at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, NJCombined Workforce of 24 Federal and Contractor PersonnelOffices reside at the FAA’s National Airport Pavement Test Facility
4 Airport Safety R&D Airport Technology R&D Branch (Team) Airport Pavement R&D Section (Subteam)Airport Safety Technology R&D Section (Subteam)Airport Rescue and Fire FightingWildlifeSurface TractionVisual GuidanceOperation of NLAAirport Design
5 Discussion Today: FOD Detection Technology Update NextGen Airport Technology Research
6 Automated FOD Detection Why is the FAA Interested? -Concorde crash preliminary report“It has become clearer that this was a unique accident caused by a one-off chance of a piece of metal lying on the runway“.
7 Automated FOD Detection FOD Detection Concept:Could avian based radar systems be used to detect FOD?Could FOD be automatically detected?Could airport operator be alerted quickly?Can we prevent another Concorde incident?
8 Automated FOD Detection FAA Goal Develop performance standards for Automated FOD Detection Systems.Publish Technical Note documenting research.Develop FAA Advisory Circular specifically for FOD Detection Systems.Enable civil airports opportunity to apply for Federal funding to procure systems.
9 Automated FOD Detection Available Technologies: QinetiQ – Tarsier Radar – Providence, RI (PVD)Millimeter Wave RadarMounted on Rigid TowersStratech – iFerret – Chicago O’Hare (ORD)High Resolution CameraX-Sight – FODetect – Boston Logan (BOS)High Resolution Camera and Millimeter Wave RadarMounted on Airport Lighting FixturesTrex Enterprises – FOD Finder – Chicago Midway (MDW)Millimeter Wave Radar and Infrared CamerasMounted on roof of Airport Vehicle