San Francisco 49ers -- Stadium Lights NO DANGER To Pilots ... Says FAA
San Francisco 49ersStadium Lights NO DANGER To Pilots...Says FAA
9/24/2015 11:40 AM PT
Passengers flying over the Bay Area, relax ... your plane is NOT in any danger from the San Francisco 49ers' bright stadium lights ... so says the Federal Aviation Administration.
According to recent reports, pilots have been "incapacitated" by Levi's Stadium's ultra-bright lights ... putting the lives of passengers at risk.
FLAT OUT B.S. if you ask the FAA -- the US aviation regulatory agency -- which tells TMZ Sports the reports are "very misleading."
"We got fewer than a half dozen complaints about a year ago. We're unaware of any since December, 2014" ... an FAA rep told us.
The agency says the people at Levis Stadium quickly addressed the issue ... "They now communicate with us before using the scoreboard or lights. We then send alerts out to the pilots on a regular basis. There is no danger."
In fact, the FAA issued the following statement:
"Last year, a few pilots reported being distracted or confused by bright lights from the Levi Stadium scoreboard. Most of the reports appeared to be related to scoreboard testing and calibration, when the equipment was illuminated more brightly than normal.
The FAA relayed these concerns to the stadium operator, which agreed to provide the FAA with advance notice of all scoreboard testing and not to test or calibrate it at night during scheduled airfield hours.
Additionally, pilots are alerted that they can expect bright lights whenever they’re flying near the stadium through Notices to Airmen, the San Jose International Airport facility directory and recorded information on the airport’s pilot information system.
FAA and stadium officials also speak multiple times before every game, concert or other event to discuss any event-specific alerts that may need to be issued.
The FAA is unaware of any pilot reports about stadium lights since December 2014."