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  Official magazine of ACI
Friday, 16 March 2012 15:15

Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi enhances runway safety with new FOD detection system

Written by  Joe Bates
Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport has enhanced airfield safety with the installation of a state-of-the-art system designed to detect potentially aircraft damaging debris on runways and taxiways.

Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport has enhanced airfield safety with the installation of a state-of-the-art system designed to detect potentially aircraft damaging debris on runways and taxiways.

Supplied by Israeli company, X-Sight Systems, the multi-sensor system uses a combination of radar and cameras to detect foreign objects debris (FOD) on the airfield.

Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi (BKK) operator, Airports of Thailand (AoT), opted to install the FODetect system after five months of tests on both the gateway’s runways.

AoT’s vice president of aviation safety, Nutt Homasavin, said: “Safety and security has, and always will be, our top priority.

“We are proud to utilise a cutting edge automated FOD detection technology. BKK will offer its operators, airlines and passengers the ultimate in runway safety.”

FOD refers to any misplaced objects found on airport surfaces that could damage an aircraft engines, tyres or fuselage.

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