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Moving towards unmanned runways

Unmanned runways – we are not yet there, but on the way. Many tasks on busy airport runways are being taken from humans and given to robots or, in the wider sense, to technology. The FODetect foreign object debris (FOD) detection system was developed by Israeli company Xsight and has become operational at Boston Logan […]

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FOD, birds, snow – and the multi-task runway sensor

A good sensor can do multiple tasks with minor modifications. What started as Israeli technology to detect foreign objects on runways is being given a new application every few months. Xsight Systems has added another capability to its FODetect automated foreign object detection system: SnowWize, a new solution for snow depth measurement on airport runways. The […]

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Technology upgrade detects birds, not just debris

Taking an existing system that serves aviation and adding capabilities became very popular in military circles and has now entered civil aviation. A system installed to increase airport safety is now dealing with more threats and these could be only the beginning. Israeli company Xsight has developed the FODetect system. This has surface detection units […]

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Progress in solving problem of foreign object debris on runways

It is a major step towards solving the problem of foreign objects that find their way on to airport runways around the world. The Israeli Airports Authority (IAA) has declared the automated Foreign Object Debris detection (FODetec) system, developed by Xsight Systems, fully operational at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv. The operational status was […]

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FOD solution approved – but will the market respond?

The FAA has recently published its final performance assessment report on the FODetect system. The report follows an interim performance assessment.Results show that the hybrid sensor solution, consisting of integrated radar and electro-optical sensors, meets or exceeds the highest level of performance in every parameter required by FAA regulation.This did not surprise the developers and […]

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Sensors along the runway – not just for FOD

Sensors, especially very advanced ones, have a unique way of self development. Or, to be more precise, the sensors are becoming diversified as they are being used for purposes other than the original aim.Foreign object detection (FOD) on runways is an international problem. Special teams at civil airports and air bases have one job – […]

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