In response to the increase in laser strikes on airmen, Revision offers new eye protection

CALI-C is offered in two configurations suitable for fixed-wing or rotary-wing environments: the Aviator SF-2 frame (left) offers a lightweight metal frame with two lenses – low profile and ideal for a fixed-wing cockpit. The StingerHawk® frame (right) offers a single wraparound lens for maximum coverage, ballistic protection and anti-fog performance for rotary wing cockpits. Photos courtesy of Revision

Vermont Business Magazine On February 4, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reported a dramatic increase in laser strikes against aircraft in the United States – 9,723 reports in 2021 alone – a 40% increase from 2020. Despite the threats FAA civil and criminal penalties plus $11,000 from people pointing lasers at planes, the number of incidents is not going down. In fact, there is reason to believe that the number of laser strikes is underreported because pilots do not want to risk being medically grounded as a safety measure after reporting an in-flight laser incident.

In response to the growing threat and desire to protect pilots’ vision and ensure the safety of their passengers, Revision, the global leader in ballistic and laser eye protection systems, announces a new laser eye protection solution optimized for protection and education of airmen. Developed with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Revision’s CALI-C lens formulation provides eye protection that protects against common handheld laser hazards while operating in a cockpit environment.

“Each year, the FAA reports a higher rate of laser strikes against aircraft, putting airmen and passengers at risk,” said Amy Coyne, CEO of Revision. “For the past decade, Revision has partnered with the AFRL on laser eye protection solutions for the military. This CALI-C formulation represents a true solution that gives Airmen peace of mind when they operate at low altitudes, keeping them safe and reducing the impact of laser hazards on their mission.”

The CALI (Commercial Aviation Low Intensity) solution was developed by AFRL in conjunction with Revision Military and successfully tested and evaluated by Washington State Patrol pilots. AFRL’s Materials and Manufacturing Branch Personnel Protection Team is led by Dr Matthew Lange, who says “Put simply, the lenses maximize protection while minimizing cockpit impact” .

The ideal laser eye protection solution for the cockpit offers the following: a wide range of protection given the variety of laser hazards; lenses that do not interfere with the cockpit instrument panel but transmit enough light to be worn at night when most laser incidents occur; and are easy to put on and take off with frames that integrate with cockpit head gear (helmets, helmets, etc.). Therefore, a set of laser goggles designed for ground-to-ground laser hazard is not ideal for the cockpit. The CALI-C solution was developed to maximize aviator protection and situational awareness – solving the challenges of laser eye protection in a cockpit environment.

Revision researchers seek to design formulations that take into account the specific environment and needs of the end user. Both rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft benefit from altitude, which means a reduced rate of eye damage, but an increased threat of distraction, disorientation and flash blindness, as laser light can fill a cockpit with bright light in an instant. . The CALI-C formulation takes this into account by providing a wide band of protection without compromising light transmission – a critical point given that most laser incidents in aviation occur at night.

CALI-C is offered in two configurations suitable for fixed-wing or rotary-wing environments: the Aviator SF-2 frame offers a lightweight metal frame with two lenses – low profile and ideal for a fixed-wing cockpit. The StingerHawk® frame offers a single wraparound lens for maximum coverage, ballistic protection and anti-fog performance for rotary wing cockpits. Both configurations of the CALI-C formulation are for sale to aviation end users only. Please contact [email protected] for more information. Additional background information on aviation laser hazards and CALI-C product development can be found here.

ABOUT REVISION

Revision is relentlessly dedicated to vision protection by developing and providing eye protection specifically designed for military and tactical use around the world. The company has invested in the development and supply of advanced laser protection solutions over the past decade and has become experts in both ballistic laser protection solutions to protect military, law enforcement and first responders. stakeholders today, as well as the distinct ability to develop custom solutions based on the unique threat and situation. Revision specializes in integration for the optimal and necessary balance between protection and performance. The eyewear business and brand was acquired in September 2019 by ASGARD Partners & Co and Merit Capital, and the company is headquartered in Essex Junction, Vermont, USA. For more information, visit www.revisionmilitary.com, email [email protected] or call +1 802.879.7002.

SOURCE ESSEX JUNCTION, Vermont, Feb. 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Military Review

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