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Criteria for Laser Control Measures for Aviation Safety
- Aerospace Standard
Published July 12, 2023 by SAE International in United States
This document provides requirements and guidance for laser proponents and aviation authorities to determine the criteria that laser hazard control measures shall meet for the operation of an outdoor laser system in navigable airspace. This document has been developed to be used for a wide range of outdoor laser hazard control measures from completely manual systems to those with various levels of automation.
This document applies to laser propagation which may expose persons in navigable airspace to laser energy above the applicable maximum permissible exposure limit or which emits visible light in excess of the visual interference limits in the applicable Laser-Free, Critical, and Sensitive Hazard Zones.
The document does not cover systems intended to deliberately aim and or track lasers at aircraft, such as Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved purposes, including visual warning systems, search and rescue, etc. Additionally, laser-affected airspace above 60000 feet mean sea level (MSL) is outside the scope of the performance criteria contained herein.
Proponents are responsible for implementing appropriate laser control measures to prevent hazardous aircraft illuminations and ensure aviation safety. The AS6029 standard was developed to establish criteria and guidance to aid proponents and aviation officials for developing and evaluating laser control measures to prevent hazardous exposure in navigable airspace. This standard also provides a framework for proponents pursuing a Letter of Non-Objection from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
As laser control measures are being designed with increasing levels of automation, a need was identified to revise the AS6029 standard. Revision B provides updated criteria and guidance that considers laser control measures with varying levels of automation.
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