Published date: 13 October 2022


This advisory circular (AC) describes an acceptable means of compliance with standards regarding the hazards of laser illumination of aircraft and the steps to be taken to minimise the risks to aviation safety.

Related rules

This AC relates specifically to Civil Aviation Rule Part 91 Subpart A – General, and Part 91 Subpart C – General Flight Rules, and Part 12 Subpart B – Notification, Investigation, and Reporting, of Occurrences.

Change notice

Revision 1 replaces the initial issue of this AC, dated 21 May 2009.

This Revision changes terminology to “laser strike”, from the previous “laser illumination incident” and adds a section on New Zealand regulations on lasers, which have been instituted since this AC was last published. It also removes references to the CAA800 form, as this is being phased out, in favour of the CAA005 form.

Lastly, it updates references and contact details, corrects typos and other minor errors and takes the opportunity to add a Version History.