Monday, August 15, 2011

Bird Strikes And Debris Cost Freight And Civil Aviation Millions

Dubai Conference Will Address the Problems
Shipping News Feature

DUBAI – WORLDWIDE – The risk posed by foreign object debris (FOD) and bird strikes represents one of the largest economic and cost-reduction opportunities available to the aviation industry. Ironically, they are also among the least understood and least discussed risks. According to Boeing, the damage caused to an aircraft engine caused by the entry of a foreign object can exceed $1 million, as well as putting lives at risks and leading to delays in passenger and cargo schedules. Both freight and civilian aircraft are regularly involved in incidents of this nature and now the first “Emerging Markets FOD, Bird Strike Prevention and Runway Safety Conference 2011”, supported by the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) and UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), will be held on 26th & 27th October, 2011 at Aviation Club in Dubai.

More than 250 local and international and GCC delegates are expected to participate in the event which will feature 15 eminent speakers representing all aviation interests with regional airlines experts and airport safety managers deliberating on topics related to operational as well as functional, regulatory, economic and legal aspects of foreign object damage and bird strike risk to aviation, prevention techniques and equipment and technological advancements. According to ‘The economic cost of FOD to airlines’ report by Insight SRI Ltd:

“The largest 300 airports collectively service slightly fewer than 55 million movements per year, and see up to 70,000 FOD incidents. Depending on traffic and the specifics of their operating environment, this FOD causes airlines to incur collectively direct costs as high as US$20 million per airport per year. FOD costs airlines US$263,000 per 10,000 movements in direct maintenance costs. Overall spend for the top 300 airports are US$1.1Bn. If the indirect cost of delays, plane changes, fuel inefficiencies, etc., are added then the cost of FOD increases by a multiple of up to 10 times, to US$12 billion per annum.”

Likewise, a Boeing Report estimates the cost to repair an FOD-damaged engine can easily exceed $1 million. The report says FOD can also incur extensive indirect costs, including: flight delays and cancellations - leading to a loss of customers, schedule disruptions, and potential liability because of injury.

Radar systems and other safety related equipments will be on display during the conference and the event will provide an ideal opportunity for all the aviation and airport related safety officials in the region to interact with the international community to share their expertise and to know the various prevention methods adopted in the various global airlines and airports.

Full details can be seen on the Handy Shipping Guide Events page.