Do laser pointers present an aviation hazard?

David Sliney

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The security issues of distracting aircrew during takeoff and landing posed by visible green laser beams and the need for proper training and situational awareness to reduce startle and distraction from visual effects are discussed. Unexpected illumination, even from noncoherent sources such as conventional searchlights is capable of generating visual distractions in aircraft cockpits. Aviators who have been frequentely illuminated have learned to maintain aircraft control, not to stare into a laser beam and to limit any direct viewing of the laser. Class 3A laser products termed as Class 3R laser products have an ouput-power emission between 1 and 5mW and provides protection against injury.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-55
Number of pages2
JournalLaser Focus World
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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