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Laser and light shows
Lasers and high-intensity lights like sky trackers, pose a serious risk to pilots which can result in difficulties flying and impaired vision. It takes only a fraction of a second to cause flash blindness or ocular damage, even if the aircraft is travelling quite quickly.
Who should notify us of a laser or light display?
Any person or organisation wishing to conduct a laser or high-intensity light show must notify CASA.
- Complete Form 1584 - Proposal to conduct laser or light operations form.
- Forward the completed form to your CASA regional office.
- We will review your application and will contact you if further details are required.
- You will be notified of our decision, conditions may apply.
- Lasers and lights are considered under the Civil Aviation Regulations 1988, CAR 94 Dangerous lights.
- An accidental laser strike could be considered an offence under the Civil Aviation Act 1988, CAA 24 Interference with crew or aircraft and offenders may be prosecuted.
Hazards to consider when organising an event
- Known aircraft flight paths
- Emergency aircraft
- Reflections from other objects in the landscape
- Safety of event attendees
- The type and power of your lasers/lights
- CASA Advisory Circular AC 139-23 (0)
- Aircraft flight paths - Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP)
- Aircraft laser illumination - awareness for the aviation community (FAA and Air Force video)
- Laser pointer safety
- Pilot incapacitation occurrences 2010–2014
- The outdoor use of lasers and other high intensity light sources in relation to air traffic safety (Note: Pages 3 and 4 of the document are written in Dutch. The rest is in English.)
If you are unsure if you need to notify us of your laser or light display, please contact the CASA regional office nearest you.