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Nordsee

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Laser Pointers
« on: July 22, 2010, 02:31:30 pm »

Seems the Morons have found a new Hobby. Pilots landing at Dusseldorf Airport at night have reported they are being targeted by people armed with Laser Pointers whiich are directed into the Windscreen or Side windows, dazzling said pilots while doing the landing approach. This is not an isolated incident, it is a common, almost weekly, occurance. Also Rescue Helicpters and Air Ambulances have been targeted as they land at Hospitals.The pilots report the incident to the Police, but they have no chance of catching anyone. There has also been reports of car drivers in the Dusseldorf area being dazzled from Motorway bridges. Can you understand the Mentality of such a person?
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John Mk2

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Re: Laser Pointers
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2010, 05:29:42 pm »

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Re: Laser Pointers
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2010, 06:32:10 pm »

Although this behaviour is quite reprehensible it should't be unexpected. I guess it all depends on the strength of the thing. New gear, new ways of using it. Again, going back to my description of kitting a "Tide" class RFA out for the "Armilla" patrol thing in the mid 1980s we were equipped with an industrial strength version of this. Specifically designed to either blind incoming pilots or severely dissuade them from going further. Didn't work for reasons I wrote about in my "saga". BY.
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Nordsee

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Re: Laser Pointers
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2010, 08:12:24 pm »

Frightening that these things are for sale to anyone! Imagine having that in your eyes!!
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John Mk2

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Re: Laser Pointers
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2010, 08:32:08 pm »

It is a worry if you make one just useing a dvd burner  {:-{
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RaaArtyGunner

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Re: Laser Pointers
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2010, 10:44:58 pm »


Yes it appears to be a common problem.  <:( >>:-( <*<
At least two have been caught and charged here in Oz.  :-)) :police:
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Re: Laser Pointers
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2010, 10:58:29 pm »

Unfortunately there are rather too many cretinous individuals about. If it wasn't shining lasers at aircraft then it would be heaving rocks off motorway bridges, vandalising life saving equipment along riverbanks or hero worshipping murderers on the run etc. Sterilisation might be a suitable remedy...
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RaaArtyGunner

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Re: Laser Pointers
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2010, 11:28:47 pm »


There is no deterrent at least in OZ.  <:( <:(
No one goes to Jail tooooooo expensive, plus Goal is a hoilday. >:-o >:-o
If ever they are sent to Jail it as punishment but "not for punishment" eg no hard labour as it is inhumane >>:-( <*<
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Re: Laser Pointers
« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2010, 01:30:14 am »

This crap has been going on at Seattle's airport for maybe a couple of years.  No crashes yet.  As to sterilizing the perpetrators when caught, use a dull, rusty knife or a .22 pistol.   <*< :police:
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Re: Laser Pointers
« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2010, 08:11:43 am »

It's been happening here in Australia for a while. I seem to remember an aircraft being lasered while on short finals into Melbourne's Tullamarine airport 2 or 3 years ago. A helicopter was similarly attacked earlier this year in or near Sydney. Thankfully there have been no crashes as a result of this dangerous practice...yet.

Peter.
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PMK

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Re: Laser Pointers
« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2010, 08:55:47 am »

Strip them apart, crank the output power down, think photo diode, think strategically-placed reflective mirrors.... Ideal break-beam burglar alarm system.
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Re: Laser Pointers
« Reply #12 on: July 23, 2010, 06:59:26 pm »

Unfortunately there are rather too many cretinous individuals about. If it wasn't shining lasers at aircraft then it would be heaving rocks off motorway bridges, vandalising life saving equipment along riverbanks or hero worshipping murderers on the run etc. Sterilisation might be a suitable remedy...
Perhaps that "solution" would just give rise to yet more anger. For myself, I'd lke to see the legal limit for buying alcohol raised to age 21. I'd also like to see drug trafficking treated in a similar way that Singapore uses. But most of all, I'd like to see some sort of cohesion in the way we (as a country) educate our young people. BY.
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