The safety environment.
FOD (Foreign Object Damage) Walkdowns
These are held before, during, and after flight operations. Squadron, air wing, and ship's company air-department personnel participate by
forming a line across the width of the flight deck, and they slowly walk from bow to stern. The purpose is to search out loose objects on the deck that, if ingested into aircraft engines, would result in costly repairs. Flight-deck crews have been seriously injured by FOD that has been blown by jet blast. FOD always is a major safety concern on all Navy air-capable ships.
The two most common flight-deck drills--flightde firefighting and barricade drills--exercise the crew's ability to prepare for two deadly flight-deck scenarios: fire and emergency (crash) landing.
FOD is one of the leading reasons why we have to prematurely replace aircraft engines. While the obvious sources of FOD are aircraft fasteners, safety wire and other flight-deck debris, personal items are a growing problem: earring backs, coins, keys, jewelry, pens, pencils and unauthorized pocket knives. Many of these items migrate to the flight deck in the pockets and flaps in flight-deck clothing and flight suits. Recent feedback from the fleet indicates an increase in finding hairpins during FOD walkdowns.
Preventing this type of FOD requires aggressive, deckplate-level leadership, ensuring personnel adhere to the command's FOD policy. Every Sailor and Marine must be indoctrinated in FOD prevention and potential FOD sources.
Units that operate aircraft, engines, or SE, or that directly support flight operations, must have a FOD-prevention program manager and a command FOD-prevention/investigation team (which includes members of the safety department and QA Division).
COs of aviation-capable ships, aviation stations and other commands supporting aircraft operations or maintenance have other FOD-prevention responsibilities. At least one person from each aviation department that has personnel working in aircraft operating/maintenance areas must be a member of the FOD-prevention/investigation team.
Refs: COMNAVAIRFORINST 4790.2A, Chapter 10, para. 10.11.2.3 and 10.11.2.4.
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