states that “[t]he police helicopter used in South Yorkshire has suffered nearly 100 laser attacks over the past year.” The article also states this is “more laser attacks than any other police aircraft in the country.”Assuming “over the past year” means “in the last 12 months”, that would be an average of about two laser illuminations per week.
The BBC News chart below shows the 2015 NPAS laser attacks: The NPAS is testing laser protective eyewear, as a means to help protect flight crews.
The British Airline Pilots’ Association called for greater regulation of lasers and drones, at a Trades Union Congress meeting in Brighton on September 14 2016.
BALPA noted that there were 1,439 reports of laser attacks in 2015, and that 55% of pilots experienced a laser attack in the past 12 months.
A spokesperson said BALPA “has been campaigning for a long time for high-powered lasers to be treated as what they are — offensive weapons.”The association was also concerned with the threat of incidents involving drones.
A motion to ask for improved regulations passed at the meeting.