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Use Laser Pointers Safely and Legally
- Avoid possible prosecution
- Never aim laser pointers at any aircraft
- Report any laser misuse to the appropriate authorities
Aiming a directed bright light (DBL) source into the cockpit of an aircraft is a federal offence because it jeopardizes aviation safety. These light sources are also hazardous to pilots and threaten passenger safety.
Distracting or flashblinding pilots is dangerous
Pointing a laser into the cockpit of an aircraft is a serious potential threat to aviation safety.
The three possible consequences of this action, from least to most hazardous, are: distraction (distracting but the pilot can see past the light), glare (when the pilot cannot see past the light), temporary flashblindness (blocks vision during and after exposure as with a camera flash). In the worst-case scenario, these effects could cause a major accident.
This image demonstrates the visual effects hazards and
hazard distances of a 5-mW green laser pointer.
If convicted of pointing a laser into an aircraft cockpit, the offender could face the $100,000 maximum fine under the Aeronautics Act, imprisonment of up to five years, or both penalties.
Transport Canada is working with various police authorities, other government departments, and the aviation industry to enforce this law.
If you witness any laser DBL activity that may jeopardize aviation safety, please report it to your local police authorities.
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