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Default Man gets 14 years for pointing laser at helicopter.

This is scary folks people are doing this!

"This is not a game. It is dangerous, and it is a felony... Those who aim lasers at aircraft should know that we will seek to convict them, and we will seek to send them to prison. The safety of aircraft and the people in them demands no less." -U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner

And they are offering rewards for convictions. Be careful!
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Default Re: Man gets 14 years for pointing laser at helicopter.

Reminds me of the time I took a tour of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (free every Friday at noon, but bring 2 pieces of ID). The tour guide explained how they keep an average of around $40 billion in cash laying around. Then she explained how no Federal Reserve Bank has ever been successfully robbed.

I don't think anyone here at LPF is planning to rob any banks, or shine any lasers at airplanes.

As for the guy who got 14 years, he didn't just shine it at a police helicopter, he also shined at a helicopter from a children's hospital.
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Default Re: Man gets 14 years for pointing laser at helicopter.

I would hope no one on the forum would ever point at aircraft. but I also wouldn't want to be blamed for something I didn't do. I can see his that could happening.
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He need to go to prison but 14 yr is a lot. I hope people will see this and not do what he did!
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Default Re: Man gets 14 years for pointing laser at helicopter.

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As for the guy who got 14 years, he didn't just shine it at a police helicopter, he also shined at a helicopter from a children's hospital.
How F***'ed up are people getting these days? Pointing it an airplane is bad enough, but aiming it at a Helicopter from the Children's hospital is completely demented.

I don't feel sorry that he received 14 years. Such long prison term will most like encourage others to stop this horrible trend, but only time will tell.
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Default Re: Man gets 14 years for pointing laser at helicopter.

I was at work when i readed the news from behind a laptop.

It was on the front page of a News site from my country...

*http://www.ad.nl/ad/nl/1013/Buitenla...et-laser.dhtml

The article states that he used a 13× more then allowed pointer.
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The article said the laser was tested and found powerful enough to inflict serious bodily injury. It was green. Maybe it was a 100mW 532. Anyone else have a guess as to what laser he could have been using?
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Default Re: Man gets 14 years for pointing laser at helicopter.

The dazzlers we used over seas were 160mw green and they were not strong enough to permenantly hurt, they would make you sick to your stomach and temporarily blind within 50 meters though. But they sometimes make things sound worse than they are which could be possible with the stated power rating. Non the less the guy is an idiot.
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The Dutch article linked above said is was 13 times as powerful as legally allowed, then further down 13 times as powerful as a normal laser. I'm guessing they mean 5mW is normal, so 13 times would be 65 mW. That's an odd enough number to suggest the police had it tested.

I have one like that, about $8.50 from FastTech. Helicopters fly pretty low. It doesn't take that much power to dazzle or flash-blind the pilots, especially since their eyes are already dark-adapted.

For people like us, the biggest danger is accidentally hitting an aircraft for a split second without even realizing it. That's why it's important to scan the sky carefully before pointing up. Sometimes a "star" is actually something else. The horizon is especially dangerous since it's hard to see what's there, and because you would be in an incoming plane's line of sight.
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I already picked apart this article, see the thread in the general section.

The "13 times the legal limit" is bullshit, there is no legal maximum limit beyond which possession is illegal.

It's stupid to point at any aircraft, but the article linked above is chock full of lies, propaganda, and bogus terminology designed to mislead the general public.
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I just don't aim up, I will point at trees or my shed or something that stops the beam.
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The Dutch article linked above said is was 13 times as powerful as legally allowed, then further down 13 times as powerful as a normal laser. I'm guessing they mean 5mW is normal, so 13 times would be 65 mW. That's an odd enough number to suggest the police had it tested.

I have one like that, about $8.50 from FastTech. Helicopters fly pretty low. It doesn't take that much power to dazzle or flash-blind the pilots, especially since their eyes are already dark-adapted.

For people like us, the biggest danger is accidentally hitting an aircraft for a split second without even realizing it. That's why it's important to scan the sky carefully before pointing up. Sometimes a "star" is actually something else. The horizon is especially dangerous since it's hard to see what's there, and because you would be in an incoming plane's line of sight.
I wouldn't be to concerned about an accidental hit on an aircraft. An accidentally miss pointed laser is just as obvious as an intentionally pointed laser.
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The article said the laser was tested and found powerful enough to inflict serious bodily injury. It was green. Maybe it was a 100mW 532. Anyone else have a guess as to what laser he could have been using?
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Omg, how irresponsible, this would not happen with proper education.

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Bring on the heavy sentences for laser misuse! While 14 years might seem like a lot, a pilot that has an accident because of some idiot pointing a laser at his cockpit is dead forever. I believe 14 years is justified for attempting to cause what could have been an horiffic accident.
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