Improper use of holiday laser lights
could pose threat to aviation safety
(Ottawa, December 8,
2017) - NAV CANADA is reminding people to be
cautious when installing decorative laser lights this holiday season.
projectors that shine festive displays on houses must be aimed at solid
surfaces and not towards the sky. Skyward beams can enter the cockpit of an
aircraft and pose a risk to pilots.
CANADA says many people are surprised to learn that these popular holiday light
kits can be as potentially dangerous as other type of lasers. Consumers are
asked to read the warning labels on the package and carefully follow the
directions when setting up the display.
who live within 10 kilometres of an airport should check the angle of the
laser’s projection to ensure the display does not extend in the sky beyond
recent weeks there has been a spike in the number of laser strikes reported by
pilots. The increase is likely to be due to improper use of holiday lights.
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NAV CANADA is a private, not-for-profit company, established in
1996, providing air traffic control, airport advisory services, weather
briefings and aeronautical information services for more than 18 million square
kilometres of Canadian domestic and international airspace.
The Company is internationally recognized for its safety record, and technology
innovation. Air traffic management systems developed by NAV CANADA are used by
air navigation service providers in countries worldwide.
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a space based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system that
will expand air traffic surveillance to all regions of the globe.
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