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On January 18th, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reported that the number of incidences of laser strikes in the United States into cockpits has continued to trend upwards, growing to a record number in 2010. In fact, a steady increase in the number of reported laser light strikes into cockpits has been reported since 2005, with a total of 1,476 reported last year alone.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was quoted outlining the severity of this problem: "This is a serious safety issue," he asserted. "Lasers can distract and harm pilots who are working to get passengers safely to their destinations." Industry associations, such as the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA), are also concerned, taking steps to increase awareness and education among members.

The effects of laser light irradiation on an aircrew can range from mild to severe. Transient visual effects can include loss of situational awareness, to startle or "flash blindness" to stinging and tearing. Longer-term effects can include retinal damage.

For all such laser strike incidents when a pilot's visibility and control of aircraft is compromised - the potential threat to both human life and equipment is significant and real. This site is dedicated to encouraging the education, technology and management systems innovations to reduce the dangers of laser eye strikes.

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