Volunteers Walk to Keep YVR FOD-free

More than 150 volunteers from the YVR’s airport community braved a very early alarm-clock wakeup last Friday to participate in Vancouver Airport Authority’s 19th annual FOD Walk.

Beginning at 4:30 a.m., volunteers scoured YVR’s runways, taxiways and aprons for FOD in an effort to keep aircraft – and passengers – safe.

FOD is an aviation acronym that stands for Foreign Object Debris, which is any loose object on the runway such as small pieces of plastic, bits of suitcases, luggage tags and screws.

While a small luggage tag might sound harmless, any piece of debris on the runway can cause serious damage to aircraft, and thereby pose safety risks.

The FOD Walk wrapped up shortly after sunrise, when the busloads of volunteers were rewarded with a hot breakfast, lots of coffee and some great prizes.

Sponsors of this year’s event were Air Canada (which donated return airfare for two anywhere in North America), Central Mountain Air (which donated return airfare for two to its destinations in B.C. and Alberta), Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel (which donated an accommodation gift certificate), Gate Gourmet, Securiguard, Cathay Pacific Airways, EVA Airways, Philippine Airlines and Van Houtte.

YVR doesn’t just fight FOD once a year. In addition to visual inspections, YVR utilizes a high-tech radar system to help detect and pinpoint objects on our runways, taxiways and aprons day or night. Find out more about our Tarsier FOD radar detection system.

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