Federal Law allows an EXCEPTION for laser emergency signaling devices to send a distress signal to aircraft.
In February 2012, the United States Congress passed into law HR658 authorizing appropriations for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Included in the law is Section 311 "Prohibition Against Aiming a Laser Pointer at an Aircraft". Section 311 39A(c)(3) on page 56 specifically exempts "an individual using a laser emergency signaling device to send an emergency distress signal."
In 2022, the US Navy authorized naval aircrew members to use the Rescue Laser Light and Rescue Laser Flare Magnum as optional signaling devices!
Greatland Laser has sold its patented laser emergency signaling devices throughout the world since 2001. We have never had a safety issue with the products. Under the exception provided in this federal law, Rescue Lasers are legal to signal an aircraft for help in an emergency.
A Rescue Laser emergency signaling device emits a "fan" of light. It is NOT a laser pointer!