Pilots Against Laser Strikes is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to educating and informing the public of the dangers of laser strikes on aircraft and reducing the number of laser strikes that occurs on a daily basis.
What can we do?
A laser strike is an intentional or unintentional laser illumination of a flight deck, where the pilot or pilots encounter a direct hit into the windshields of their aircraft. Pilots may experience temporary vision loss, glare, flash blindness, blind spots or after-images. The side effect depend on several factors; weather, time of day, power of the laser, color of the laser beam, distance to the aircraft, angle to the aircraft, speed of the aircraft and the exposure time of the laser.
What is a laser strike?
Since 2004 laser strikes reported to the FAA have risen from 46 annually to over 7,700 in 2015. We feel that this has been caused by the increasingly availability of lasers to the general public and a lack of education about the lasers that they are purchasing. One of the first things that we can do is educate people. PALs plans to start an educational campaign that will hopefully reach around the globe. We intend to do this with volunteer pilots going to schools, handing out flyers at airports and placing posters at airports for starters. Additionally, PALs would like to start a volunteer National Laser Registration List for all lasers over Class IIIb, 500mW. Our hope is to have a mandatory registration required by federal law for these lasers increasing awareness of the owners.
Who we are?
PALs was first formed in March of 2016 and was incorporated as an LLC in June of the same year. Currently the board consists of five members, a President, Vice-President, Treasure, Secretary and Communications Director. We hope to enlist pilots from across the country to join us in our mission. We currently have the following positions open; six Regional Directors (Northeast Region, Southeast Region, Mid-West Region, Southwest Region, Rocky Mountain Region and Pacific Region) and 108 Hub Directors (One for each airline base in the U.S.A, see our map)