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How are laser attacks encountered in commercial aviation? A hazard analysis based on systems theory

How are laser attacks encountered in commercial aviation? A hazard analysis based on systems theory
How are laser attacks encountered in commercial aviation? A hazard analysis based on systems theory

Laser attacks in commercial aviation have become headline news worldwide and the frequency of incidents has increased. A review of the research regarding lasers in commercial aviation shows the need for a systematic analysis. By applying a hazard analysis of system theory (both STAMP and STPA) to a practical example it is possible to identify countermeasures and their current state of elaboration. Furthermore, this research considered the concept of reduced-crew operations, and the possible effects of laser strikes. Whereas the pilot operational procedures are established, the legislation lags behind for some nation states. Detection and prevention of lasers operating in the same area as aircraft is critical reduction of attacks.

Aviation, Laser illumination, STAMP, STPA, Systems theory
0925-7535
178-191
Schmid, Daniela
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Stanton, Neville A.
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Schmid, Daniela
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Stanton, Neville A.
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Schmid, Daniela and Stanton, Neville A. (2018) How are laser attacks encountered in commercial aviation? A hazard analysis based on systems theory. Safety Science, 110 (Part A), 178-191. (doi:10.1016/j.ssci.2018.08.012).

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Abstract

Laser attacks in commercial aviation have become headline news worldwide and the frequency of incidents has increased. A review of the research regarding lasers in commercial aviation shows the need for a systematic analysis. By applying a hazard analysis of system theory (both STAMP and STPA) to a practical example it is possible to identify countermeasures and their current state of elaboration. Furthermore, this research considered the concept of reduced-crew operations, and the possible effects of laser strikes. Whereas the pilot operational procedures are established, the legislation lags behind for some nation states. Detection and prevention of lasers operating in the same area as aircraft is critical reduction of attacks.

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Accepted/In Press date: 15 August 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 23 August 2018
Published date: 1 December 2018
Keywords: Aviation, Laser illumination, STAMP, STPA, Systems theory

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Local EPrints ID: 424431
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/424431
ISSN: 0925-7535
PURE UUID: 040728f6-01b3-4838-8072-82e5421f0937
ORCID for Neville A. Stanton: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8562-3279

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Date deposited: 05 Oct 2018 11:37
Last modified: 08 Oct 2020 04:07

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