Questions tagged [laser-illumination]

An event in which a laser beam illuminates the cockpit of an aircraft. This can blind and disorient the pilots, creating a very dangerous situation.

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Are there any countermeasures for lasers or the people who use them to blind pilots? [duplicate]

Yesterday there has been another laser-incident at my local airport LOWG. The laser hit the cockpit twice, but the pilot managed to land the Dash 8 Q400 safely. I'm taking this recent event as ...
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Do laser Christmas lights have the same dangers as laser pointers aimed at planes?

With new laser Christmas decorations like this one, a laser appears to shine in patterns on a house for a decorative effect. If this is aimed so that some of the beams miss the house and go over it ...
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Who must approve a globally distributed satellite to ground laser communication system?

Laser Light Communications (US) plan for several dozen optical high speed data links between satellites and ground is described in Aviation Week's article Big Gains On Horizon For Laser Communications ...
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How can we deflect a laser beam from the windshield of a small aircraft? [duplicate]

If someone is pointing a Laser beam on the cockpit of a small low flying aircraft, what kind of hardware can be deployed near the windshield to deflect it?
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Does the FAA advise or require pilots to wear eyewear designed to protect them from lasers?

With several instances of pilots being subjected to laser lights being shone on them, I wonder if the FAA is actually doing something about it. It's easier said than done to stop people on the ground ...
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Windshield to prevent laser strikes [duplicate]

Is it possible to prevent/avoid laser beams with new technologies on windscreem?
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Why are airliner cockpits not shielded from lasers?

With the recent increase in laser incidents reported by pilots, why don't airliner manufacturers shield airliner cockpit glass from lasers? The Abrams tank is shielded, protecting the crew from ...
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How does aviation deal with satellite and Moon laser ranging, and other scientific lasers in the sky?

It seems there are many scientific laser ranging stations around the globe and some are mobile. Scientists Bounce Laser Off Soviet Lunar Rover Lost On Moon Decades Ago. Source Questions How ...
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Is it worth reporting that I saw a green laser being pointed at the aircraft as a passenger?

I was on approach to Vienna yesterday evening when I observed two 2-second green laser flashes 5 seconds apart from one of the rear passenger windows of the B737 where I was seated being pointed at ...
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Laser projection on the sky [duplicate]

Suppose that one points a laser beam to the sky, constantly (so that an aircraft have to deal with it). Could that beam cause any trouble to that aircraft? Would that individual need to obtain some ...
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Can I use a 150mw green laser to scare pigeons and not interfere with air traffic?

Pigeons are annoying since they make aggressive cooing noises near my house. Considering many options for their dispersal, it seems lasers are one options since for some reason the lasers drive the ...
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Why is laser illumation of a cockpit an emergency?

Another answer pointed out that laser illumination of a cockpit may be considered an emergency, and that pilots may take evasive action when under laser illumination. Why is laser illumination ...
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What must ATC do, following a reported laser sighting by a plane?

Supposing a pilot reports having a laser beam shone on them to ATC, what action should they take? Is the pilot allowed to take evasive action? Can other planes request clearance to avoid the area?