By Dhel Nazario
An awareness walk will be staged at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 on March 1, to kick-off the 37th anniversary of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA).
Dubbed the FOD walk, it aims to raise awareness in keeping the entire aircraft movement areas free of FODs. FOD stands for foreign object debris, which, in aviation, is any substance or material, alien to an aircraft, which could potentially cause damage.
FODs, if ingested by a jet engine, can cause damage to its components and could endanger the lives of people on or around the aircraft.
It could be aircraft parts, birds, broken pavement, rocks, tools and even trash, that are mistakenly or purposely left on the ramp, tarmac, or runway surfaces.
By inviting airline and ground-handling employees to join the walk, the MIAA aims to impress on them the serious danger that FODs may bring to flight, passengers and even to their own lives as airport workers.
“It is a simple but highly important drive to make everyone embrace and support MIAA’s safety awareness campaigns” MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal said.
This event is only one of several upcoming events that the MIA Authority has lined up to celebrate its 37th year. Subsequent events will be announced as the days unfold.