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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 6:55 am    Post subject: Man Sentenced to Jail for Aiming Laser at Police Helicopter Reply with quote

Man Sentenced to Jail for Aiming Laser at Police Helicopter

A 19-year-old North Hollywood man was sentenced Monday to two and a half years in federal prison for shining a laser at a business jet and then aiming the "commercial-grade" device at a police helicopter sent to find the source.

Adam Gardenhire pleaded guilty in October to a single count of aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Gardenhire pointed the laser at a Cessna Citation on March 29, 2012, as the pilot was preparing to land at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, leaving the pilot with vision impairment that lasted several hours.

Gardenhire then aimed the device at a Pasadena police helicopter that had been dispatched to find the source of the laser that had been pointed at the Cessna, prosecutors said, noting that the helicopter pilot was wearing protecting eye gear and did not suffer any injury.

Prosecutors said laser beams, even penlight-style pointers, can temporarily blind pilots. Though lasers project a tiny beam over relatively short distances, the diameter of the beam grows significantly over the distance of a few miles.

http://northhollywood.patch.com/articles/man-sentenced-to-jail-for-aiming-laser-at-police-helicopter#photo-6685829
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't open the link, but I'd be very interested to find out what "protective eye gear" the helicopter pilot was wearing... sadly we are subjected to nightly laser attacks Sad
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 6:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I can't open the link, but I'd be very interested to find out what "protective eye gear" the helicopter pilot was wearing... sadly we are subjected to nightly laser attacks Sad


I was at a safety meeting recently with one of the LASD pilots who gave a presentation on laser attacks and how they are dealing with them.

Basically they put out to tender for testing amongst various radiation protection glasses - they look very similar to those yellow 'driving' glasses you used to be able to buy.

They settled on one design (the same as another PD chose independantly) which I think retailed around $140 a pair. Their pilots and observers are issued with a pair that they can put on if attacked.

They are also very procative in dealing with these attacks and if one is reported to ATC or air to air direct to them they will go to the area and try to get lasered in the hope of an arrest.

I can't remember the make but the guy that gave the presentation was Sgt. Morrie Zager, Los Angeles County Sheriffs Dept. mczager AT lasd.org. He was happy to be contacted reference the problem.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the lead - I'll see if I can get hold of some to trial.

For us, the response of ATC and the authorities is only rhetoric.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found this link which quotes them being used by LAPD

http://www.lasershields.com/about/laser_pointer_hazard.html

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Thanks for the lead - I'll see if I can get hold of some to trial.

For us, the response of ATC and the authorities is only rhetoric.


The UK?

It's become a big thing here. Guess that's where it's a benefit having groups like PHPA...

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2013 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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flip2 wrote:
Thanks for the lead - I'll see if I can get hold of some to trial.

For us, the response of ATC and the authorities is only rhetoric.


The UK?

It's become a big thing here. Guess that's where it's a benefit having groups like PHPA...

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No, it's overseas so no groups like PHPA unfortunately.

I've contacted the LASD now, so thank you very much. He's given me some excellent information.


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I found this link which quotes them being used by LAPD

http://www.lasershields.com/about/laser_pointer_hazard.html

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Thank you for the link - LASD have confirmed that they use Laser Shields too, so it seems to be the way ahead (provided there are no export restrictions).
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