Category: FOD Finder

FOD Finder picks up Connect innovation award

Connect, a nonprofit San Diego organization that supports technology entrepreneurs, recognized eight companies for Most Innovative New Product of 2010. Among them was FOD Finder from Trex Aviation Systems. More details here.

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FODFinder XM at

The FODFinder XM from Trex Enterprises is now listed in the directory of products (link).

Here’s the whole article:

fodfinder xm

The only mobile foreign object debris (FOD) detection and retrieval system selected by FAA for its Advisory Circular, and which can be purchased using AIP grant funds. In the last year, the FOD Finder has detected and removed over 10,121 objects from U.S. commercial airports saving them, aircraft owners, and aircraft insurance companies more than $39 million in repairs to aircraft and lower insurance rates based on a Boeing study. FOD Finder is also available in fixed and transportable systems for continuous 24/7 surveillance of runways and construction areas.  All systems are integrated with a digital part 139 airfield management and reporting system to include ARFF, Fuel, Spills, Wildlife and all required checklist items.  Automated reporting with pictures and work order tasking and tracking.  Electric vehicle/vacuum option available.  Trex 365 World class support 24 hours a day.  Return on investment is less than 60 days.  Visit our demo units at Chicago O’Hare, Honolulu International or San Diego.  Call +1 (858) 646 5553 for a webinar or on site demo.

The “return on investment is less than 60 days” is quite a bold claim, it would be nice to see how this was calculated. And just in case there was any doubt from the image, Trex Enterprises is an American company :-)

Trex Aviation Systems on Facebook

Trex Aviation Systems, the company that produce the FOD Finder system have a Facebook company page (link). It currently contains images of their FOD Finder system, images of FOD detected by their system, and some general industry news. (more…)

FOD Finder presentation

A presentation from Trex Enterprises appeared on today. It contains some interesting details on field tests carried out at MCAS Yuma. According to the presentation FOD Finder located 937 FOD items in just 1 hour on the first day of the trial.

Made in the US of A

Just read an article on the North County Times website, regarding the Trex system (FOD Finder).

The article singles out FOD Finder as being the only mobile system, which in my opinion is also its greatest weakness. While the other 3 systems on the market scan 24/7, FOD Finder is limited, it can only detect FOD when the vehicle is being driven on the runway/taxiway. Given this fact it’s interesting that they also mention the Concorde incident. The metal strip that caused this incident was on the runway for just 4 minutes, the other 3 systems would have had a good chance of detecting the object, whereas FOD Finder would have to have been driven on the runway between every flight to achieve anywhere near the same probability of detection.

Source (North County Times)

Updated FOD Finder video on YouTube

There has been a FOD Finder video on YouTube for quite some time, but a  higher quality and slightly updated version appeared yesterday. Interestingly the mention of price has been dropped from the latest version.

Deployment of FOD detection systems

Before considering a FOD detection system, thought has to be given to where the system can be deployed on the airfield (if it can be deployed at all). For FOD Detect and FOD Finder this is not an issue, FOD Finder is a vehicle mounted system, and FOD Detect is installed in the place of existing runway lights. For Tarsier and iFerret, finding suitable locations can be difficult, not only due to the strict rules imposed by AC150/5300-13, but also by the availability of power and data-links.

Although the Tarsier and iFerret systems both employ different detection technologies (Radar and camera respectively), they are still both bound by the same requirement, they both need clear line-of-sight to the runway, and must achieve this without breaking the rules imposed in AC150/5300-13, specifically, the Primary Surface, the Transitional Surface and the Taxiway Object Free Area Width. (more…)

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