This video helps educate Airman and Aircraft Operators on the effects of lasers aimed at an aircraft cockpit, and provides suggested response techniques to be used by the pilot if this type of event occurs.
To minimize risk to pilots and crew, it is essential that everyone report laser incidents as soon as possible.
- Pilot Safety Information Brochure (PDF)
- FAA Airman Information Manual (reference Chapter 7, Section 5, subparagraph 7-5-12)
Laser Education & Case Studies
A number of articles have been published to educate the public about the risks and effects of lasers on pilots and flight crews.
- Laser Safety Public Service Announcement (MP3, September 2012)
- Laser Illumination of Flight Crew Personnel by Month, Day of Week, and Time of Day for a 5-Year Study Period: 2004-2008 (PDF, April 2011)
- FDA Safety Notification: Risk of Eye and Skin Injuries from High-powered, Hand-held Lasers Used for Pointing or Entertainment (December 16, 2010)
- FDA Consumer Update: Illuminating the Hazards of Powerful Laser Products (June 2009)
- A Review of Recent Laser Illumination Events in the Aviation Environment (PDF, October 2006)
- The Effects of Laser Illumination on Operational and Visual Performance of Pilots on Final Approach (PDF, August 2003)
- Effects of Laser Illumination on Operational and Visual Performance of Pilots Conducting Terminal Operations (PDF, August 2003)
- Laser pointers: Their potential effects on vision and aviation safety (PDF, April 2001)
Planning laser light shows and other outdoor laser presentations
Follow FAA procedures and guidelines when planning an outdoor laser light show or demonstration to ensure the safety of pilots and crews.
- Advisory Circular 70-1 - Outdoor Laser Operations
- FAA Form 7140-1 - Notice of Proposed Outdoor Laser Operation(s) and Configuration Worksheet
- FDA Information on Laser Light Shows