Laser Strikes and Their Hazards in Flight

Laser Strikes

Laser strikes are rare, but still a risk of which to be aware 

Although laser strikes are rare occurrences, pilots should be aware of the risks they can present during flight, and how to protect themselves against these hazards. 

As pilots and aviation professionals, laser strikes pose a serious hazard to aircraft and the safety of everyone on board. Laser strikes can temporarily blind pilots and cause them to lose control of their aircraft. They can also cause permanent damage to eyesight and even laser burns if struck in the face or body. For these reasons, laser strikes are a major safety issue for aviation, and should be taken seriously.  

What is a Laser Strike? 

A laser strike occurs when a laser beam is directed towards an aircraft, temporarily blinding the pilot and causing them to lose control of their craft. This could lead to catastrophic results if the laser strike happens during critical times of flight such as takeoff or landing, when pilots need their full vision in order to avoid hazards.  

As laser technology becomes more accessible, the chances of laser strikes increase significantly. In addition to being dangerous for pilots and those on board, laser strikes present an additional risk for aviation professionals as they could be held liable for any damage caused by them. Laser strikes can also disrupt communication systems on board the aircraft and interfere with navigational equipment leading to potential loss of control of an aircraft.  

Laser strikes don’t just affect pilots, they can affect passengers and even ATC, causing controllers to not be able to safely direct planes due to laser interference blinding their radar screens. 

What To Do If You Experience a Laser Strike In Flight 

If a laser strike occurs during flight, pilots can take the following steps to protect themselves and their aircraft:  

  • Immediately report laser strikes to air traffic control and other aircraft in the area 
  • Shield your eyes or turn away from the laser beam while still maintaining control of the aircraft  
  • Record any visual or navigational disruptions that occur as a result of laser interference 
  • Contact medical personnel if there is evidence of laser burns or eye damage  

Finally, pilots should also ensure they are familiar with laser safety protocols provided by their employer and local aviation authorities. By doing so they can better prepare themselves for potential laser strike incidents. 

By understanding laser strike dangers and being prepared, pilots can help to ensure the safety of those on board their aircraft. With the right knowledge and precautions, laser strikes can be reduced and stopped altogether. Stay safe out there! end message. 

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