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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 8:18 am    Post subject: LASER Attacks Reply with quote

I thought I would start a new thread on this as hardly a day now goes by without another reported attack.

One of Greater Manchester Police's ASU pilots was at the Barton safety evening. He recomended that anyone who experiences a Laser attack while flying should report it to ATC imeadiatly and every effort would be made to catch the culprits. The police will treat it as an "attack upon the person" Would anyone who is more qualified than myself like to comment on what to do if you are targeted, as from the descriptions from pilots that I have heard this is a very scary situation to be in.

An 18-year-old man has been charged after a laser beam was fired at a police helicopter during the Pope's visit to Glasgow.

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http://news.stv.tv/scotland/198302-police-warning-over-laser-beam-dangers/
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2010 12:53 pm    Post subject: L@sers Reply with quote

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http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/33/FOD200905.pdf


have a read here

edit: oops wrong tags - try http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/33/FOD200905.pdf
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 05, 2010 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Essex Police has vowed to take a tough stance against people who endanger lives by shining laser lights at aircraft flying over the county.

http://www.essex.police.uk/news_features/video__audio/audio__video/lasers_endanger_lives.aspx

This is worth a look as it includes some footage from "heli cam".
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 8:29 am    Post subject: Teenager Fined £100 Reply with quote

Teenager who dazzled helicopter pilot with laser beam is fined £100

A TEENAGER was fined £100 for shining a laser pen at a police helicopter, dangerously dazzling the pilot.

James Craig Whitehand, 17, shone the light at the pilot as the aircraft flew above Bransholme.

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http://www.thisishullandeastriding.co.uk/news/Laser-beam-left-pilot-dazzled/article-2896067-detail/article.html
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Phew glad we successfully managed to deter the little pr*ck with that whopping £100 fine!

Now let that be a lesson to all those tw*ts that think shining a laser at anyone in an aircraft at night is a good idea.......

Had this have been the other way around however and the emergency services had shone the light to disorientate some single celled low life from breaking some law or other it would have resulted in compensation claims into the thousands with some left wing 'wing nut' of a do gooder championing the cause........

It does make you wonder some times!

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had the mis-fortune to have a laser pointed at me, during a night flight to Cranfield a few years back. I was in the J.R - the windscreen was not perfectly clear (1980's machine's do wear quite well, but the perspex doesn't! Confused ) The laser bounced around the cabin like a disco ball - not a pleasent experience.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

50nm offshore the other week I had a boat of some type shine a high powered search light at us, not pleasant but it was in the cruise fully coupled so no big deal, on approach or single pilot it could have been a different story.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 10:11 am    Post subject: Update Reply with quote

Just a quick update on a few cases I have been following

An insurance salesman who dazzled a police helicopter pilot with a laser pen claimed he was actually using it to play with kittens.

Mobisir Ali, 23, fired the green-coloured light beam from a hotel window as the Greater Manchester Police helicopter was flying at 1,000ft over Oldham.

Magistrates in the town were told the pilot lost his night vision and he was unable to see his instruments or the skyline for several seconds.

But Ali walked away from court with a £250 fine after it was claimed he was using the laser as a toy for some kittens.

Full story : http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/s/1405969_laser_pen_man_dazzled_police_helicopter_pilot_while_playing_with_kittens

A teenage yob put a police helicopter at risk by shining a laser pen at it. The 16-year-old’s conviction is the latest in a string of recent prosecutions over the offence, which police chiefs say can paralyse aircraft and endanger their crew.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons,...........He was fined £250 for both offences and told the court: "I feel stupid and I regret it."

Full Story http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/crime/s/1406302_laser_yob_could_have_brought_down_helicopter
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Because, obviously, a travelling saleman always has to take his kittens with him for hotel visits!

Perhaps the RSPCA would have more luck with a meaningful prosecution.....! Evil or Very Mad
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 7:31 pm    Post subject: 33months for shining laser at Philadelphia Police helicopter Reply with quote

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PHILADELPHIA – James Gautieri, 54, of Williamsport, PA, was sentenced today to 33 months in prison for interference with an aircraft or aircraft facilities, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. Gautieri was convicted at trial on September 30, 2010 of his involvement in an April 30, 2008 incident during which he shined a laser into the cockpit of a Philadelphia Police Department helicopter during routine patrol, striking a pilot in the eyes.

“As a direct result of his reckless and irresponsible behavior, the defendant will now have several years to think about how he endangered public safety by shining a laser into a helicopter pilot’s eyes,” said Memeger. “But for the pilot’s skill in the air, the consequences for the citizens on the ground could have been tragic. Unlike a video game, simply hitting the reset button would not have made things okay.”

“The sentencing in this investigation today demonstrates the serious danger these criminal acts pose to aircraft safety,” said Special Agent-in-Charge George C. Venizelos of the Philadelphia Division of the FBI. “The public needs to be aware that the FBI will continue to aggressively pursue those who aim laser devices at aircraft and interfere with the safe operation of those aircraft.”

“There is simply no excuse for this type of behavior,” said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey. “This defendant could have caused a serious and deadly accident. Let the sentencing today send a message that this behavior will not to be tolerated.”

In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Court Judge Eduardo Robreno ordered Gautieri to pay a fine in the amount of $10,000.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Philadelphia Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Salvatore L. Astolfi.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 3:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shame the UK sentencing isn't as strict...

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's hoping this is one area that we do actually follow the US!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 7:13 am    Post subject: Increase in fines Reply with quote

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

FAA: Shining Lasers at Aircraft 'Not a Joke'
Violators face up to $11,000 in federal penalties in addition to criminal charges.

In continuing efforts to raise awareness of the dangers of pointing a handheld laser at helicopters and other low-flying aircraft, FAA will now seek up to $11,000 from anyone who does it, in addition to criminal charges.

Full story on Rotor&Wing
http://www.aviationtoday.com/rw/issue/departments/rotorcraftreport/FAA-Shining-Lasers-at-Aircraft-Not-a-Joke_73546.html
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 10:22 am    Post subject: Laser attacks have been bad in New Zealand Reply with quote

We have had many laser attacks in New Zealand at most of our major airports mostly on planes and commercial aircraft but a few helicopters.

The police have had a real crack down and there has not been a reported attack in a few months!!

Lets hope it stays that way!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was wondering what kind of laser these people use.. is it that powerful??
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