Been on the receiving end of two 'lasers' now and in both cases I'll happily say that'd had I been in a position to catch the person responsible, I'd have shoved their 'toy' so far, their eyes would have glowed. _________________ W.Y.S.I.W.Y.G.
Joined: Apr 27, 2005 Posts: 518 Location: SE England
Posted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 1:16 pm Post subject:
We had a conversation about this at work last week, after our company helicopter had kindly guided me and my faithful companion onto a motorcycle-riding drug dealer (we won).
During that incident our heli crew had a laser shone at them and we wondered what you see from the "receiving" end - is there a distinct "line" of light from the laser itself, or do you just see a dot? We concluded that it must depend on the amount of, or lack of, light and the weather conditions, but I'm interested to get the answer from the horse's mouth. Not that I'm comparing you to any old nag, FW _________________ DBChopper
First I knew was very bright green dot off to righthand side, that was rapidly aimed into the cockpit. It refracts off the windows and reflects off just about every reflective surface in the cockpit, and buggers yer vision.
Dot is bright enough that you can narrow down to within one or two houses where its coming from without much problem.
The MOR from the last one will be on a CAA reports thingy fairly soon I'd imagine _________________ W.Y.S.I.W.Y.G.
A JUDGE heard that the crew of the Cheshire Police helicopter was able to pinpoint the exact location of a laser pen which was being aimed at the aircraft.
Using the helicopterís thermal imaging equipment and a low light lens attached to the observation camera, the police observer, Sergeant Dave Kibblewhite tracked the laser beam to a window in a block of flats.
Another officer matched the window to an address and patrol cars were deployed to it.
At Chester Crown Court, Joseph Standish, aged 27, of Bannister Court, Winsford admitted acting recklessly or negligently in a manner likely to endanger an aircraft.
He was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for two years, and ordered to do 150 hours unpaid work. The laser pen was confiscated.
The incident took place as the helicopter flew over Winsford on an evening in August last year.
The aircraft was hovering a thousand feet above ground when the intense green laser beam caused dazzle on the Perspex cockpit and caught Sergeant Kibblewhite in the eyes, disorientating him for a few seconds.
Minutes later he and his colleagues had located the source of the beam and sent patrols to the address.
Before the officers arrived Standish dropped the laser pen into a drain. At first he denied knowing anything about the incident but went to Winsford Police Station the following day.
When interviewed again, he admitted shining the laser beam on to a field and when the helicopter came over, pointed it at the aircraft.
After the hearing, Sergeant Kibblewhite said, ďAiming a laser beam at any type of aircraft is a serious offence. The consequences could be disastrous. With the technology the helicopter carries we can locate the source of any point of light instantly. So anyone who is misguided enough to try this sort of thing should think again.Ē _________________ R22 2.6†h/r† wanting more, a hell of a lot more
Joined: Aug 23, 2010 Posts: 45 Location: North Acton, London
Posted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 10:29 pm Post subject:
I really do not condone the shining of lasers at aircraft, and i do strongly agree that it should not be done, I myself have never shone a laser at any aircraft, however, I have owned a laser in my youth, and I guess its human curiosity and ignorance that these people do it.
I do not think these people are shining their lasers at helicopters and thinking, I wonder if i can make it crash.... there thinking, mmmmm i wonder if my laser could reach that far.... its not like it says on the box, do not shine at aircraft. shining this beam could cause a helicopter to crash. or shining this laser at aircraft is a criminal offence and can get you arrested with a criminal record...... i think people need to get educated...... I mean when you buy it, its a £10 toy..... and you think its harmless...... people are stupid when it comes to logic sometimes, they have never been in a cockpit, so they do not know that it bounces off of every surface and causes visual imperment....
but that's just my opinion haha
we do need to stop it from happening!!!! _________________ GaviG Heli Enthusiast and Pilot wannabe / Gonnabe "If you always do what you've always done, you'll only get what you already got"
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