Inexpensive Protection That Could End Laser Stikes

  • Jan 9, 2015 7:53am GMT

The (FAA) has confirmed 4 laser strikes on airliners already in 2015, 3 on approach to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) last Sunday alone. The idiots who do this risk prison time like the Fresno, California man sentenced to 14 years last March but sadly there haven't been many other convictions.

According to the FAA the 3 flights affected Sunday were all operated by Delta: • Flight #984, a B737, westbound at 6,000 feet approximately 25 miles east of LAX around 10:30pm. • Flight #1211, a B767, at 2,500 feet headed west seven miles east of LAX around 4:45pm. • Flight #34, a B767, at 14,000 feet headed northeast about 12 miles northeast of LAX around 4:45pm. These flights all landed safely and the pilots have not reported any eye damage at this time.

There were 101 laser strikes in the Los Angeles area last year but national year end totals for 2014 are not yet available. While over 17,000 cases have been reported over the last decade they have resulted in only 80 convictions.

Until now, if a pilot wanted to fly with protection from laser strikes, the only option was to utilize amber colored view protection; usually in the form of goggles. While providing the necessary protection from green lasers, it presents the instrument panel through an amber filter not allowing the pilot to distinguish blue/green colors. Sierra Tango LLC, has joined together with Brinell Vision Ltd., one of Europe’s leading companies in laser protection to develop a $900 pair of glasses designed to filter out green lasers, higher-power blue lasers, near-infrared, and infrared frequencies, maintaining a clear view within the true color spectrum. One major US airline is running trials and some police departments are trying it in helicopters.

The frames for the glasses are made to industrial laser protection standards and Sierra Tango claims they can withstand daily usage for many years. The design provides wrap around laser strike protection to the wearer from any angle. The lens is clear-coated for strike protection from green (532nm) and red (663nm) lasers. The lens can be manufactured with the user’s corrective vision prescription if desired. They also offer a helmet visor for use on any helmet employing built-in or attached visors and are Night Vision as well as Heads Up Display compatible.

COVER PHOTO: Protesters pointing lasers at a military helicopter flying above Cairo.

PHOTOS BELOW: Sierra Tango / Brinell Vision