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Brussels, Eurocontrol, 10-11 Octobre 2011Seminar on Laser Interference in Aviation Laser attack on aircraft Capt. Jo Schoenmaker.

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1 Brussels, Eurocontrol, Octobre 2011Seminar on Laser Interference in Aviation Laser attack on aircraft Capt. Jo Schoenmaker

2 Brussels, Eurocontrol, Octobre 2011Seminar on Laser Interference in Aviation European Cockpit Association ECA created in 1991 Representative body of European Flight Crews at European Union (EU) level. Represents over 38,650 European pilots in 38 European countries. ECA's Mission: Striving for the highest levels of aviation safety and fostering social rights and quality employment for pilots in Europe."

3 Brussels, Eurocontrol, Octobre 2011Seminar on Laser Interference in Aviation International Federation of Air Line Pilots Associations IFALPA created in 1948 Approx 100 Member Associations world-wide In excess of 100,000 pilot members IFALPAs mission: To promote the highest level of aviation safety world-wide and to provide representation, services and support to all of its Member Associations.

4 Brussels, Eurocontrol, Octobre 2011Seminar on Laser Interference in Aviation Whats the fuss about? Occurrences Is it impairing flight safety?

5 Brussels, Eurocontrol, Octobre 2011Seminar on Laser Interference in Aviation Occurrences Country France--600 Netherlands Germany Norway Sweden United Kingdom USA

6 Brussels, Eurocontrol, Octobre 2011Seminar on Laser Interference in Aviation Why is it dangerous 1.Distraction Visual effects - Glare - Flash blindness - After Image Eye injury

7 Brussels, Eurocontrol, Octobre 2011Seminar on Laser Interference in Aviation Normal Safety Precautions International operational safety standards for Aviation: Concept for: Approach preparation / Night adaption of eyes Sterile Cockpit < ft Stabilized approach < ft

8 Brussels, Eurocontrol, Octobre 2011Seminar on Laser Interference in Aviation Distraction = endangering Distraction of flight crew: Disrupt cockpit procedures Disrupt crew coordination Disrupt ATC communication Degrade flight performance Result: Safety is endangered

9 Brussels, Eurocontrol, Octobre 2011Seminar on Laser Interference in Aviation Effects of laser 50 Mw: Eye hazard: 260 ft No hazard: >1,92 Nm mW: Eye hazard: 728 ft No hazard: > 27 Nm Source: FAA

10 Brussels, Eurocontrol, Octobre 2011Seminar on Laser Interference in Aviation Effect of laser 350 ft 3700 ft 1200 ft Source:FAA

11 5mW at 350 ft / 300 mW at ft Source:FAA

12 Brussels, Eurocontrol, Octobre 2011Seminar on Laser Interference in Aviation As seen from the flight deck

13 Brussels, Eurocontrol, Octobre 2011Seminar on Laser Interference in Aviation Factors of influence Flight phase Aircraft flying pre–established routes Colour blindness HUD (Head up display) Pilot awareness and response

14 Brussels, Eurocontrol, Octobre 2011Seminar on Laser Interference in Aviation Recommended flight deck procedures Look away from the laser / shield your eyes Avoid rubbing of eyes Consider engaging autopilot or hand over controls Turn up cockpit lighting Check for dark/disturbed areas in vision Inform ATC File an Air Safety Report (ASR) Seek aeromedical or optometrist advice Full text:

15 Brussels, Eurocontrol, Octobre 2011Seminar on Laser Interference in Aviation Challenges No awareness of the danger It is not an offence/crime in many countries No standards / no reporting system Police have a hard time finding perpetrators Outbound flights = no notification (police)

16 Brussels, Eurocontrol, Octobre 2011Seminar on Laser Interference in Aviation Way forward Laser attack = endangering safety = unlawful interference = incident ASR EU adoption of Doc 9815 Harmonize legal actions Proportionate penalties Standard reporting procedures ATC / police Awareness campaigns

17 Brussels, Eurocontrol, Octobre 2011Seminar on Laser Interference in Aviation Way forward? Regarding lasers > 5 mW: Regulate trade / purchase / possession / use Lasers (> 50 mW) = weapon Development of mitigating technologies

18 Brussels, Eurocontrol, Octobre 2011Seminar on Laser Interference in Aviation UK example CAA WG laser Legislation: specific on laser light Prosecution: 24 successful CAA guidance to flight crew and towers Standard laser incident reports Awareness campaigns

19 Brussels, Eurocontrol, Octobre 2011Seminar on Laser Interference in Aviation Thank you Capt. Jo Schoenmaker


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