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    Man Accused Of Pointing Laser At Helicopter..

    An Orange County man is facing felony charges Wednesday for allegedly pointing a laser at a sheriff's helicopter while it was in the air. Similar situation happened at my job a few years ago when somebody pointed a radar speed gun at a landing commercial airplane, needless to say he got arrested by the FBI.

    Man Accused Of Pointing Laser At Helicopter - News Story - WFTV Orlando

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    Another mall-ninja bites the dust...
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    It seems every few years some Darwin award winner pulls this stunt.
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    Lasers are different than speed guns,a Laser in a pilots vision can cause vision damage and possibly cause a crash.Never fails to amaze me the stupidity of some people
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    If convicted, he'll have to get someone else to run his security company, he'll lose his license.

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    we had 2 arrested last year (seperate incidents) for pointing green lasers at the PD helicopter... one was a hand held laser, the other was attached to a .308
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    Wow, that's nuts. I guess common sense just doesn't exist anymore...
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    I don't know if it's true, but in the academy, during radar/LIDAR training, we were told a story of a guy who pointed his LIDAR at a military chopper and it melted in his hand. Supposedly, he got some pretty sever burns on his hand and arm. We were told that the choppers systems tell it that something has laser "lock" on it (as in targeting systems), and the jammer melted the unit.

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    It seems every few years some Darwin award winner pulls this stunt.
    Sadly, it happens often in the US. A guy in NJ was charged with terrorism after lighting up a federal law enforcement helo. This organizations tracks these incidents:

    http://laserpointersafety.com/news/news.php

    A good read on the subject:

    Can a pocket laser damage the eye? : Scientific American

    Anyone who points a laser at a helo or airplane deserves to go to prison for a long time.

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    What a total moron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sigmanluke View Post
    I don't know if it's true, but in the academy, during radar/LIDAR training, we were told a story of a guy who pointed his LIDAR at a military chopper and it melted in his hand. Supposedly, he got some pretty sever burns on his hand and arm. We were told that the choppers systems tell it that something has laser "lock" on it (as in targeting systems), and the jammer melted the unit.

    Some people just aren't that bright.


    Well that wont happen because the laser jammer, pumps the direction of the laser tracking device with IR light, it essentially turns the sun on when someones pointing a flashlight. So he'd get an error code and that's it.

    LIDAR (popularly called laser speed guns) use pulses of Infared Light (900 or so nanometer wavelength) to hit a target and bounce back, then apply some math to reproduce a speed and range. They use low power invisible lasers, and are classified as "Class 1 Eye Safe" lasers, this is how Law Enforcement can point them at cars all day and all night and not cause anyone any harm from the emissions, they are very low power. You can point a Class 1 laser at just about anything at anytime and not cause harm or break any laws, although most manufacturers do recommend you not look directly into the lens at close range. Rangefinders that golfers and hunters are familiar with apply the same technology.

    Visible Lasers are "Class 1M" and above, they do not become a thread to human vision until you approach Class 3, when you reach Class 3 your eye can no longer blink fast enough to protect itself; the IR lasers made for weaponry often carry a Class 3 rating because due to their strength (ability to do harm) and lack of ability for the eye to protect itself due to it being non visible light. Class 4 lasers start fires and pop balloons.

    So point a speed gun or range finder at an airplane won't do any harm nor cause the pilots to notice it, so you'd have to get caught by someone on the ground noticing it; and even then it wouldn't be wrong, just odd. And if it were a radar gun, whether or not it was illegal would depend largely on what part type it is classified by with the FCC, but that's a lot more typing.

    More reading on laser classifications...Laser safety - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Back to the idiot in the story linked to us...
    They said 42-year-old Frank Anderson drove to another parking lot. That's where deputies on the ground arrested him. He denied it and said the green laser they found 100 feet from his jeep, was not his. But he apparently forgot to ditch the packaging for it, which was found in his jeep along with handcuffs, a mask, camouflage face paint and knives.

    Anderson was packing a Glock gun, dressed in camouflage and wearing a shirt with "security" printed on it. On top of it all, he was ticketed for an expired tag.
    Sounds like an all but confirmed mall ninja (lets face it for the way Gecko talks, just a Glock would leave him about 1 Army undergunned). And based on the media interpretation I almost wonder if the Glock was in bubble wrap or packing peanuts, whatever happened to taking a step above slang when reporting the news?

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