The following information was released by Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base.
Joint Forces Training Base aircrews have reported several incidents of ground-to-air laser interference with aircraft recently.
Pointing lasers at aircraft is a federal offense and endangers pilots’ eyesight as they wear night vision optics.
Never interfere with landings or take offs or point lasers of any type toward the Los Alamitos Army Airfield, said Maj. Jeff Sibley, the airfield manager.
On-base security forces and local law enforcement agencies have been alerted to the incidents of a green laser being shot from the ground toward aircraft above, according to Sibley.
“This is a federal offense as it endangers the safety of the aircrews,” he said. Once the laser’s point of origin is located, offenders will be prosecuted to the fullest extent.
If you have any information regarding these incidents, call Sibley at 562-795-2571. To report an incident of laser shooting call the JFTB Security Office at 562-795-2100.
FAA has established guidelines for outdoor laser use, in FAA Form 7400.2, Procedures for Handling Airspace Matters, Part 6, Chapter 29, “Outdoor Laser Operations.”
Blackhawk helicopter parked between Hangar 1 and Hangar 2 at Los Alamitos Army Airfield on Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base. The Airfield control tower is visible at the right, behind the hangar.
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