Turbine Training Center Blog for Cessna 208 Caravan & Beechcraft King Air pilots
I shot an arrow into the air
It fell to earth I know not where
For, so swiftly it flew, the sight
Could not follow it in its flight.
I breathed a song into the air
It fell to earth, I know not where
For who has sight so keen and strong
That it can follow the flight of a song.
Now what, you may wonder, does the first two stanzas of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, The Arrow and the Song, have to do with lasers or Cessna 208 training? Well, like both the arrow and the song, the beam of a laser can travel out of sight BUT they do not necessarily “disappear.” As a result, LASERS AND CESSNA 208 TRAINING is something that every would be pilot should be concerned about!
“Lasers can really play havoc in a cockpit,” Dale Wolcott, President of TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas, shared. “And,” he continued, the FAA has some interesting facts concerning the problems they have caused.”
These facts include, but are not limited to:
- 70 % of the incidents occur between 2,000 and 10,000 feet and between 7pm and 11pm.
- 91% of the incidents involve handheld green laser pointers.
“What people who shine lasers at airplanes don’t realize,” Jason Wolcott, TURBINE TRAINING’s Vice President, “is that once a pilot’s eyes are accustomed to the dark, their eyes are very sensitive to the wavelength of the green laser. In fact,” he went on, “the green may be as much as thirty-five times brighter than a red laser of the same power.”
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(To learn more about this topic, research "Laser and Pilot Safety")