Media Advisory - Not a Bright Idea - Laser Use on Aircraft on the Rise

Aviation safety partners team up to raise awareness about the danger of laser use

VANCOUVER, June 23, 2015 /CNW/ -

What: To address the growing number of laser strikes on aircraft in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver International Airport (YVR), RCMP and Transport Canada are educating the public on the dangers of laser use on aircraft. A live demonstration, speeches and a first-hand account from a pilot will be shared with media.
Who: •     The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors), Government of Canada
     Sergeant Cam Kowalski, Client Services Manager, Richmond RCMP
     Captain Russ Ballman, Pilot, Air Canada
     Steve Hankinson, Vice President, Operations and Information Technology, Vancouver Airport Authority
When: Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 10:00 a.m.
Where: Vancouver International Airport, Air Canada South Hangar, 5530 Miller Rd, Richmond BC (See map).

RSVP This event has limited access due to security restrictions. Media wishing to attend must RSVP with name, outlet and title by 8am on June 24 to  As this event is taking place in an airport hangar, media must supply valid government-issued photo identification.
Parking Please park in marked parking lot adjacent to Air Canada hangar.



SOURCE Vancouver Airport Authority

Image with caption: "YVR Laser Awareness Campaign Launch - Event Map (CNW Group/Vancouver Airport Authority)". Image available at:

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YVR Media Relations
Twitter: @yvrairport

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