and thank you for your commitment to the
Prevention of Foreign Object
Damage, not least for taking
the time to read through this page.
personnel at RAF Valley, from the Station
Commander down, have a responsibility for the
safety of ourselves and those around us within
our work place. The safe operation of our
aircraft is the pinnacle of our business
whatever our day to day job, and a small
effort towards FOD prevention can make all the
the financial year 02/03, Foreign Object
Damage cost the MOD �35 M in costly repairs
to aeroengines, plus the cost of a Sea Harrier
aircraft, plus the immeasurable cost of 1
an item that shouldn't have been there--a
foreign object--causes aircraft or support
equipment damage, it's classified as FOD.
"Foreign objects" is a term that
includes just about anything that
"doesn't belong," like tools, test
equipment, scraps of safety wire, extra
washers, or personal items--like pocket
change--that get left behind during the
performance of a job. FOD can easily damage
jet engines, jam critical control mechanisms
or short circuit electrical components.
the cost of FOD"
effective FOD prevention program is one that
is AGGRESSIVE. Many resources are available
to implement a successful program. Today's
Air Force is ever changing and is always
challenging: To be the best at what we do
requires readiness. We cannot allow FOD to
rob us of the valuable resources needed for
the defense of our great nation!
good housekeeping habits is the most
effective method of eliminating FOD.
"Good housekeeping" is nothing
more than keeping work centers and work
areas clean and orderly, ensuring extra
items are picked up after task completion
and accounting for all equipment and
hardware at the completion of a job.
Thorough, regular flight line FOD walks
which include all aircraft parking areas and
aircraft hangars are fundamental to
preventing FOD damage.
of personal equipment--hats, pens,
pencils, coins, line badges and the
like--is especially important since
these items aren't subject to the same
standards as tools, tech data and
Landing gear safety pins ingested by a
running jet engine; a socket wrench
jammed in a flight control bell crank
mechanism; a stray piece of safety
wire that shorts out a circuit breaker
panel: All of these scenarios
represent Foreign Object Damage (FOD)
that could wreak havoc on combat or
involved with FOD prevention and help
keep Valley a FOD free and safe place