The Port of Seattle has procured an automated Foreign Object Debris (FOD) detection and ground level bird hazard management system on Seattle-Tacoma’s newly rebuilt centre runway.
“This new system takes the next step to continuously monitor the runway for potential safety hazards so we can remove the debris in real-time rather than rely solely on physical inspections,” said Mike Ehl, Director of Operations and Customer Service at Sea-Tac Airport.
RunWize was selected after professional evaluation by the Port of Seattle, and was installed as part of the centre runway improvement project. Integrated by Leidos subsidiary Varec, Inc., the contract has been executed on-time under a tight schedule linked to the runway reconstruction.
Xsight Systems’ FOD detection technology is the only one used in the US, and SEA-TAC is the second airport with an automated FOD detection system deployed on a full runway.
FODetect is operational at Logan Airport in Boston, Tel Aviv Ben-Gurion International Airport and Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport. FODspot subsystem has been acquired by Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport.