Materials not usually found on airport taxiways, ramps, runways or airfields is known as foreign object debris (FOD), which should be removed to enhance safety and minimise damage to aircraft.

Metallic and non-metallic FOD such as stones, gravel, nails, luggage hardware, sand, nuts and bolts, pavement fragments, pose a significant safety hazard if ignored or left undetected. FOD can be ingested into jet engines via vortex suction, puncture aircraft tires, damage propellers, and can cause deadly aircraft accidents.

It has been reported that FOD incidents cause billions of dollars in damages each year. For these reasons, airports, military airforce bases, and airlines devote a considerable amount of time and energy to the task of removing the threat of FOD from tarmac areas where aircraft are active.

To get rid of FOD, airports, airforces, and airlines use a variety of options including vacuums trucks, magnetic bars, and rotary brooms.

None of these can match Aerosweep’s multi-patented FOD*BOSS Sweeping System (Pat No US 8,839,878,B2) for effectiveness to sweep up and remove Foreign Object Debris. This high speed, low-cost FOD sweeper invented by Aerosweep in 1994 works using the force of friction on concrete, asphalt, fine textured spray seal, smooth or grooved, in wet or dry conditions.

With sweep widths of 8ft (2.4m), 16ft (4.8m), or 24ft (7.3m), the FOD*BOSS can work at speeds up to 40mph (60km/h). The complete unit is portable and folds away into a roller / storage bag in minutes. It is easy to use and can be towed by any vehicle.

The FOD*BOSS is used and trusted by every major airforce worldwide and comes with an unconditional lifetime guarantee on parts even if accidentally damaged. The FOD*BOSS is sold globally through a network of distributors and is guaranteed to be the world’s fastest most effective foreign object debris sweeper or your money back.