What's new with
ILDA and the website
In addition to the news items listed below, you may also want to check out the following webpages for news from ILDA Members:
Added the text of a 12-page paper, "Undergraduate Photons" by Malcolm Hignett of Thames Valley University. This was presented at the 2009 ILDA Conference in Amsterdam. The paper is available to ILDA Members (Members-Only password required for access). Here is a condensed abstract:
At its October Board meeting, the ILDA Board of Directors, acting on a recommendation from the Ethics Committee, removed Scanergy (a Hungarian producer of laser shows and equipment) as an ILDA Member "due to unresolved Ethics complaints."
We are now using a completely new system for managing Members and ILDA products such as Conference registrations. An all-new database connects to a "Membership Management website" run by Avectra, a leader in association management software. By doing this, ILDA and our Members gain many useful and convenient features:
This system is new to ILDA, so we
expect there may be some initial "teething pains". If you have any
problems or questions, please contact us by email or phone.
The ILDA Board is working on future ILDA Conference locations. For 2010, we are looking at Orlando or a Miami cruise; ILDA Members are invited to vote via email for their choice. For 2011, we have tentative offers for Hamburg, Munich and Moscow. In 2012, Laser Spectacles will host in San Antonio, Texas. And in 2013, LOBO will host at their location in Aachen, Germany.
submitted to the CDRH suggested changes to a proposed U.S. law
prohibiting laser interference with aircraft. As originally
written, the "Securing Cockpits Act" would ban aiming lasers at aircraft
or into flight paths. ILDA believes this is too broad. Also, the Act did
not contain exemptions for FAA-reviewed laser activities. To help
improve the Act, ILDA has submitted improved language to the FDA/CDRH.
Internet laser distributor, Wicked Lasers, is adding aviation safety
information to its
product labeling and
website. Since August 2008, ILDA's website
LaserPointerSafety.com has advocated this
type of action. Specifically, we have called for a warning label on
hand-held lasers such as "Do not point at aircraft". We also have
suggested including a flyer with more detailed information about why
users should not point lasers towards aircraft, and including this
information on the distributor's website.
ILDA has published an analysis of the Tomorrowland Festival, held July 25-26 in Boom, Belgium. Two persons reported being injured by lasers. Authorities concluded the injuries were due to laser pointer misuse by audience members. The laser light show was found to be below ILDA limits for festival-type shows, and thus was not a cause of the injuries.
ILDA Executive Director Patrick Murphy was the invited guest speaker at the 14th Annual Laser Safety Forum, held September 8 at Loughborough University in the U.K. He presented two papers. One was on laser/aviation safety, and included ILDA's efforts to have an "aviation caution label" for laser pointers. The other paper discussed how audience scanning has resulted in "essentially no injuries" over 30+ years of laser shows. As a result, ILDA is proposing to allow audience scanning at levels up to 10 times the MPE under specified conditions to assure safety. Our thanks to ILDA Member John O'Hagan for the invitation.
A new page lists any Ethics complaints filed against ILDA Members. It should be noted that the filing of a complaint does not necessarily mean that the complaint is justified or that the problem is severe. However, it does inform Members and the general public that there has been a complaint filed.
ILDA attended the South East Laser Enthusiasts Meeting (SELEM), Aug. 15-16 in Newton, North Carolina. Executive Director Patrick Murphy gave a presentation to the laserists about ILDA's audience scanning safety activities.
Added information on U.S. federal laser laws and regulations. The page includes links to appropriate CDRH forms.
REMINDER FOR U.S. LASERISTS WITH VARIANCES: All U.S. variance holders must submit an Annual Report by September 1. If it is not submitted, the variance will expire on December 31.
online Ethics Complaint Form,
for persons wanting to report violations of the ILDA Code of Ethics.
Updated the online ILDA Membership listings for Corporate (A-K and L-Z), Nonprofit, Individual and Student Members, so that only 2009 Members are listed. Also updated the Geographic listing of Corporate Members.
The ILDA List mailing list was purged of anyone not a 2009 Member. (If you were a 2008 or earlier Member, we welcome your renewal, hint, hint...)
Mailed the final batch of ILDA Membership Certificates. After this last batch of 25 arrive via postal mail, all current 2009 ILDA Members should have a printed certificate from ILDA. If you are a 2009 ILDA Member and you do not have a certificate, contact ILDA.
Revised the ILDA Accredited Professional Lasershow Company application form. It is slightly easier for companies to gain accreditation, compared with the first draft sent in January 2009. This is still in draft so discussion and suggestions are welcomed.
Updated various pages to reflect activity at the 2009 ILDA Conference, June 5-7. These include: the list of all-time ILDA Award winners, the list of Board members (including the chart at the bottom showing Board service terms), and the ILDA history page. Also, added a sample contract between the host and ILDA, which will be of interest to companies considering hosting future ILDA Conferences.
The list of 2009 ILDA Award winners is now available. This includes Artistic, Technical and Career Achievement Award winners. Congratulations to Greg Makhov, who received the 2009 CAA. Also, anyone can download a PDF file with detailed photos and descriptions of the 2009 Artistic Award winners. ILDA Members can download an expanded version with the 2009 Artistic Award winners plus all entries.
All 2009 ILDA Artistic, Technical and Career Achievement award winners have been privately notified by email. The public announcement of the winners will be 7 June during the ILDA Conference in Amsterdam (at the Awards Dinner and Presentation).
Two companies have joined the Member Discount Program, to provide savings to ILDA Members. Here is a summary of their discounts. Details are at the Member Discount Program page.
For the 2009 ILDA Artistic Awards, we received 112 entries. Nineteen of these were in laser, the rest were in video format or prints/JPGs. There were 19 ILDA Members who entered the Artistic Awards. Details about how many entries were in each of the ten categories is on this page.
Artistic Awards judging takes place this coming Sunday, May 24, at
LSDI's studio in Orlando. Any ILDA Member interested in attending is
welcome. You can see the entries, and observe the judges as
they deliberate. Of course, you can't participate in the discussions or
judging. But if you've ever wondered how the entries are viewed and how
the decisions are made, here's your opportunity.
Added a page with information on how Members can run for the Board of Directors, and how Members can vote for Board nominees. Even if you can't attend the Business Meeting at the annual ILDA Conference, this page describes how to get your vote counted. (And if you are interested in running for the Board, don't forget our older page which tells what to expect if you run for ILDA's Board of Directors.)
ILDA Members can now vote for the 2009 Career Achievement Award recipient. This is the first time that Members choose the winner, instead of a panel of three judges. A list of CAA nominees, and voting instructions, are on this page. Voting closes on Monday 25 May, so vote soon!
analysis of audience scanning was one of two papers highlighted by the
Laser Institute of America. The March/April 2009 issue of LIA
TODAY magazine noted the recent International Laser Safety Conference
in Reno. Summaries of two papers were then presented, one about changes
to ANSI Z136.1, and the other ILDA's proposal.
Registration is now open for the
2009 ILDA Conference which will be held June 5-7 in Amsterdam. There
are two registration forms, one
2009 ILDA Members, and one
There is currently an early-registration discount of $50.
ILDA made presentations at the
2009 International Laser Safety Conference, held in Reno,
Nevada March 23-26. Executive Director Patrick Murphy gave an overview
of two papers published in the Proceedings of the 2009 ILSC; one
on Lasers and
Aviation Safety, and one on
ILDA attended the 2009
Florida Laser Enthusiasts Meeting, held in Tavares on March
21. ILDA Members in attendance included Adam Burns, Jon Robertson of
DayStar Lasers, and Bill Benner of Pangolin Laser Systems. ILDA
Executive Director Patrick Murphy gave a presentation to the group about
outdoor laser safety. To help support the meeting, ILDA donated an
Individual Membership to FLEM's raffle; this was won by Edson Rusca of
Miami, who is now ILDA's newest Member.
Doug Adams of Laser Design Production and Pyrotek discusses laser and pyro at Metallica's world tour. A short excerpt, and a link to the full interview is on the Laser shows and projects page.
Added information on laser damage to cameras, camcorders and video projectors. Recently, there have been some private email messages from audience-goers and ILDA Members regarding this topic. To help provide more information, two pages have been added to the ILDA website:
Added SAE documents on aviation safety to ILDA's page with safety-related information.
Added Chinese and Japanese translations of William R. Benner Jr.'s article "Projector Connections", from the Summer 2008 Laserist magazine. The article is a "guide for projector manufacturers on the best way to assemble components to create a laser projector conforming to the ILDA Standard Projector (ISP) specification. It may also be interesting to many laserists, as it provides a good insight into how projectors work and the components involved."
International is offering a 10% discount to
all active ILDA Members worldwide on Arctos solid state laser rentals.
Lightwave is the exclusive dealer for Arctos products in the Americas
(Canada, USA, Central and South America) and has a substantial inventory
of most power levels available for immediate shipment. Lightwave's
www.lasershows.net; information on the
rentals is at
new book features the laser art of ILDA Member Manick Sorcar.
You may remember that his award-winning "Reflection" was the
the most recent Laserist magazine, and he was featured in an
interview inside the magazine.
ILDA is presenting two technical papers at the International Laser Safety Conference, "the premier gathering of laser safety professionals". This once-every-two-years conference is being held March 23-26. ILDA's papers are:
Incidentally, former ILDA Board Member Casey Stack will also be at ILSC presenting a paper, "Comparison of Real World Ocular Hazards Presented by Unregulated Consumer Short-Arc Video Projectors as Compared to Highly Regulated Laser and OPO Illuminated Video Projectors With Similar Emission Values".
The 2009 ILDA Conference will be June 5-7, at a 17th century estate in Leiden, near Amsterdam. The host is Peter Broerse's company, DMXLASER. Registration is not yet open but we do have a page with additional information.
the SAE G-10T Laser Safety Hazards Subcommittee meeting in
Melbourne, Florida. ILDA Executive Director Patrick Murphy gave a
presentation on the
www.laserpointersafety.com website, which ILDA sponsors. Attendees
were impressed with the quantity and depth of information at the site,
which attempts to educate consumers about safe laser pointer usage.
The video's credits include "International Laser Display Association, Timothy Walsh, Orlando, FL".
An ILDA publication is listed as a reference by the International Congress and Convention Association. The ICCA has just published a 24-page guide to international association conventions. One of the links in the guide is to the publication "So You Want To Host An ILDA Conference", written by L. Michael Roberts. Congratulations to Michael for providing information that the ICCA highlighted!
introducing the "ILDA
Accredited Professional Lasershow Company" program.
Experienced lasershow companies, organizations and individuals can be
accredited by ILDA, and thus be certified as "professional". This is an
important way that companies can differentiate and market their
experience. It also will help improve the laser display industry since
clients will be able to identify and select companies with more
Reminder: The 2009 ILDA Awards deadine is Friday, January 16 2009. Information on entering is here.
Dues renewal time is here! 2008 ILDA Members, you can renew
your membership anytime up through January 31 2009. You can pay online
by credit card or PayPal, or you can request an invoice to be sent to
The quick and easy renewal process starts here.