Learn what Clint Homestead, a survival expert and trainer, as well as former Special Forces member, has to say about his experience with our Rescue Lasers in a special guest blog post.
"This Signal Laser is perhaps one of the best night signals invented."
- US Navy Aviation Survival Gear Field Test Report
"The Greatland Green Rescue Laser Flare is the best flare a sailor can have to be seen and rescued when in distress. [...] There really is no good reason to omit adding a Greatland Green Laser Flare to your safety repertoire."
- The Teak Rail, May 30, 2014
"I was first introduced to the Greatland Rescue Laser Flare when it was issued to me in Afghanistan. Following my return home, a good friend of mine brought one on board my sailboat last summer so we could “play test” it in the maritime environment. During our arrival into Port Washington, NY, our two boats were separated by 1.5 miles in the pouring rain. My buddy was unable to make out where I had moored. We pulled out my 1.5 million candlepower spot light. He could barely make it out against the lighting from shore. Once I lit off the Rescue Flare, he immediately asked if that was us with the bright blinking red light. The difference in intensity and discrete nature of the flare made it simple for him to find his way over to us. The next day, we again tested the visibility of the flare in a surface to surface use and were repeatedly surprise at its effectiveness out to 3 miles.
This fall, I was also able to test the flare while I was flying. With my friend on the ground and me in the air, we found the light easy to identify at over 5 miles in the daylight. I have been impressed by the ruggedness, simplicity and effectiveness of the Rescue Flare. I highly recommend it to all of my sailing clients, as well as those hunting, hiking, or involved in any other outdoor adventure activity."
- OnPar Marine Consulting, March 2015
"The Rescue Laser Flare is one of the best and simplest tools I have ever used. Being able to provide your location to aircraft and resources quickly and efficiently has been amazing. I also used the rescue laser to conduct fire line briefings during night shift to point out items to ensure all personnel was up to date with exact location of hazards or objectives"
- Product Research Gear
Electronic Vs. Traditional Flares - Cruising World, October 2014 - "In testing, the electronic alternatives to pyrotechic signals prove safer, easier, and in some cases, superior"
"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."
- Equipped to Survive
"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
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2013 Ocean Navigator Chuck Husick Marine Technology Award
2010 HISWA Innovation Award
2003 Sail Magazine Pittman Editor’s Choice Award
"Great service, I am humbled by their commitment to their safety product and service."
- Daniel Stephenson - Letter to Editor, Practical Sailor Magazine
"In short, the Laser Flare is a very effective tool to have in your “tool box”. It is not the only signaling device I carry, but when I go in the field I always make sure I have one with me. "
- Adam Davis, Alaska based Search and Rescue Team
"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
"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
"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
"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
"Having operated for several years on a search and rescue helicopter in Alaska I can give firsthand information at how effective the Rescue Laser Flare really is. I am happy to report that I never had to use it in a real emergency but we would incorporate them into training scenarios on a regular basis. Every winter I would take my newer crew members out and have the helicopter drop us off, we would then hike a short distance to a different LZ and we would test different signaling devices. Without fail the Rescue Laser Flare was almost always noted as being the most effective at getting the pilot’s attention. Furthermore, the rugged design always helps in the field, I have used the Laser Flare at negative 30 degrees Fahrenheit and it worked."
- Adam Davis, Alaska based Search and Rescue Team
"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."
"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
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.
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
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.
- Gary "Suds" Sudhoff, Pilot, I.C.E.
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
and Canadian Patent Number 2,313,469.
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