April 2002 Issue

Laser Flare Trial

For survival signaling, it works better at night than in daylight. It’s safer than conventional pyrotechnics.

[IMGCAP(1)] As part of a minimal aircraft survival kit, signaling devices of some kind are a must. Mirrors are effective but only primarily only during the day and many owners are wary of pyrotechnics.

That’s why we were so impressed with Greatland Laser’s prototype “Rescue Laser Flare” which we first encountered in 1999. The concept has incredible potential as a nighttime survivor signaling device. Late last year, the company got this device into production and sent us a sample for testing.

Tiny Laser
Although it’s called a “flare,” the product is really just a low-power, special-purpose laser. It has a tubular black machined Delrin plastic body measuring 4 1/8 x 3/4 inche...

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