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"This Signal Laser is perhaps one of the best night signals invented."

- US Navy Aviation Survival Gear Field Test Report

"Bottom line is that the Rescue Laser is worth adding to your survival gear and the red Rescue Laser Light is standard equipment in my Doug Ritter Ultimate Aviator Survival Paks. It's small and light enough to fit on a key chain. In terms of distress signaling priorities, after a 406 MHz PLB and a signal mirror, it's next on the list. While the red Rescue Lasers are certainly adequate, the Green Rescue Laser Flare is definitely an even better choice. The Green Rescue Laser Flare is what I carry and is what's in my personal aviation survival kit. In my opinion, the Green Rescue Laser Flare is well worth the considerable extra cost if you can swing it, but if not, the red will do just fine."

- Product Review by Doug Ritter

"During our recent Search and Rescue Exercise, we used the lasers during cadet training and mission pilot survival training. These lasers are clearly an extrememly helpful suvival tool and their utility was much appreciated during the training exercise... Cadets were on the ground in locations unknown to the mission pilots and used the lasers to signal the search planes. Mission pilots were easily able to see the lasers, and all were greatly impressed by how well the lasers worked."

- John Lynn, 1LT, Civil Air Patrol, Commander, 17th Composite Squadron

"On January 28, 2003 at 7:45 PM I tested your Laser Flare at the Dillingham Airport. We flew a Cessna 180 and had the laser scan us from among the lights at the airport. The laser was visible at 8 miles and 1,200 feet. I believe it would have been visible further but we had to turn back due to snow."

- Ward Jones, Injury Prevention Specialist, Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation

"We've been watching this product develop for several years, and now that we've tested it, we're impressed... A worthy addition to pyrotechnic kits and personal survival gear, this simple but ingenius tool is moving toward a place at center stage in the search-and-rescue world."

- Practical-sailor.com

"I believe this laser will revolutionize the way search and rescue is conducted in maritime environments and on land. As a retired police officer, I believe the product is excellent for certain tactical operations and for those arenas where signaling is required."

- Paul M. Burke, BOD National Association of Search and Rescue (Read Full Text)

"The Laser Light is the best emergency signaling device that is not a radio. On two occasions I have been in situations where a directional light signal would have made the difference between a night out in unfriendly country or being back in the company of friends and a warm fire. We all know life itself often hangs on such fine points. Now that one of these is available, I go nowhere without one. One is in the car, one in the backpack, the fishing vest, and the ski gloves."

- Alaskan Pilot, Pat Thurston ATP, AAM, BBA, BSA

"Sitting dead in the water 18 miles out of Seward (Alaska) in foggy late evening conditions. I used my laser light to signal an approaching boat. After waving the laser light twice the boat immediately turned and headed straight for us. The intensity of the laser caught the eye of the party on the other boat. Instead of having to spend the night out on the ocean we got a 3-hour tow back to the harbor. Thank you Greatland Laser!"

- Erik Kenning, Anchorage, Alaska


"As a Search and Rescue Coordinator for over 19 years I have seen gizmo’s come and go. When I first heard of the Laser Flare I thought it would be another piece of equipment that wouldn’t be of much use for Search and Rescue. On May 16th 2009 I personally used the Green Rescue Laser Flare in both daylight and dark of night settings. I was very impressed in what I saw and look forward to trying it in fog and raining conditions. It was easy to use and the light signal that is created would easily be seen by rescuers at a great distance. We plan to continue to test the Rescue Laser in other environments, and if it operates in other conditions as demonstrated, it will be a great tool for both Rescuers and Victims alike."

- Gene Seiber, Search & Rescue Coordinator


Success Stories

Calgary Police Service Rescue

On Saturday, August 02, 2003, at 23:34hrs Sgt. Mike ter Kuile, Tactical Flight Officer, and Chief Pilot Brendan McCormick for Calgary Police Air Services Unit, were requested to assist the RCMP and the Calgary Fire Department in a search for 4 rafters that were overdue by approximately 4 hours. Upon arrival at the scene it was noted that 2 police units and 3 trucks from the Fire Department had been searching for the victims along with members of their families.

An initial search was started in the area using the Wescam 16DS FLIR on the MD-520N. At approximately 0030hrs, the victims were located by the flight crew approximately 5NM from the search area on a sandbar. After landing nearby, the victims were checked by the Flight Officer for injuries and it was discovered that 2 of the 4 had lost their footwear when a raft was punctured. All were cold and wet and suffering from mild hypothermia. There were 3 females and 1 male with ages ranging from 17 to 23.

They had attempted to contact family members and the police via cell phone however their only phone had gotten wet and was not functional. Due to the remote location of the victims, their lack of footwear and clothing and the advanced time of day, it was decided to transport the rafters by air. Two of the four victims were loaded into HAWC 1 and transported to an LZ set up by Calgary Fire Department personnel. The remaining 2 rafters were left with a Rescue Laser Flare to assist the flight crew with relocating them for the 2nd trip. This was the 1st opportunity for the Unit to test the rescue laser and it proved to be extremely visible from at least 3 NM away from the helicopter. The victims were located in a shallow river valley and were surrounded by trees that added to their poor visibility.

One of the primary benefits that resulted from the use of the Rescue Laser was the reassurance it provided to the other two victims that the Flight Crew would have no difficulty finding them again thanks to the effectiveness of the laser as both a position marker and signaling device. Although not a critical rescue it was a good opportunity for the crew members to utilize their respective skills and equipment and to gain insight into the many life-saving applications afforded by the use of the Rescue Lasers.

The Mississippi River Challenge for Rett Syndrome and Leukodystrophy

Thank you for sending us two of your Rescue Laser Flare Magnums for The Mississippi River Challenge for Rett Syndrome and Leukodystrophy. We were successful in shattering the world record over 5 days, setting a new time of 18 days, 4 hours and 51 minutes! We averaged 129 miles a day during the worst May on record for tornados! It was awesome to be able to locate our support team, even at distances up to 6 miles away. Your Laser Flare worked wonderfully, and really contributed to our ability to keep a world record pace. Thank you from all of us, and from all those we were doing this for.

- Clark Eid

Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Air and Marine Interdiction

Surveillance Branch - West
P.O. Box 18900
Corpus Cristi, TX 78480-8900

Margaret Kearny
GSM Concorde AeroSales
2046 Madison St.
Hollywood, FL 33020

Dear Margaret,

The Laser Flare was tested in a variety of environments such as daylight, darkness, rain, and fog. Visibility from an airborne aircraft ranged from 15 miles at night, 8 miles in rain, 1.5 miles in fog and 1.5 mile daytime. This flare would be of tremendous value in a SAR situation for survivors on the ground or in a raft and would be easily stored in existing survival equipment aboard the aircraft.

I greatly appreciate allowing me the opportunity to test your unit and please find it enclosed. I would anticipate that I will be able to acquire enough units to place in all our aircraft and SAR kits.

Thanks again for your time and cooperation.
Gary "Suds" Sudhoff, Pilot, I.C.E.

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© 2005 - 2012 Greatland Laser LLC. All rights reserved.  Greatland Laser's products are covered by U.S. Patent Numbers 6,007,219; 6,163,247; 6,280,057; 6,295,007;6,688,755.



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