SpectroDrone is the world’s first sensor system capable of detecting explosives, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and other chemical compounds from a safe, standoff distance. Following extensive testing in the laboratory and in the field, Laser Detect System (LDS) Ltd. is unveiling SpectroDrone – the world’s first drone-based explosive detection sensor. Utilizing LDS’ laser-based explosive detection… Read more »
Following a string of recent high-profile events, PerriQuest Defense Research Enterprises unveiled the world’s most advanced laser-protective eye wear to dozens of aviation industry stakeholders. PerriQuest’s patent-pending technology protects the wearer from harmful red, green, and blue laser light without compromising the wearer’s ability to perceive and distinguish color. Production of the groundbreaking technology is… Read more »
Night Flight Concepts, the leading provider of night vision solutions, has created a new infographic focusing on laser strike readiness. As the annual number of laser strikes on both military and civilian aircraft increase, the topic of laser strike readiness is becoming more pressing. “The goal with this infographic is to arm military, civilian and… Read more »
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has directed its investigators and staff to pursue stiffer penalties for individuals who purposefully point laser devices at aircraft. â€œShining a laser at an airplane is not a laughing matter. Itâ€™s dangerous for both pilots and passengers, and we will not tolerate it,â€ said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. â€œWe… Read more »
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has developed a self-assessment tool for flight crew, to determine the likelihood of pilots having sustained eye damage following a laser attack on their aircraft. Over recent years, the deliberate targeting of aeroplanes and helicopters in flight with lasers by individuals on the ground has become a major global… Read more »
Night Flight Concepts (NFC) is pleased to announce that Tampa PD Aviation Unit, a long-time user of NFC NVG Maintenance Services, has procured new Laser Armorâ„¢ Light Interference Filters (LIF) to protect their NVGs from malicious laser strikes encountered by their pilots and aircrew members. The aviation unit is one of the first law enforcement… Read more »
In a Connecticut industrial plant, far away from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, a system that has provided Soldiers with a great amount of protection reached a significant milestone on Dec. 7, which happened to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Army accepted the delivery of the 1,000… Read more »
Washington, D.C. â€“ In a continuing effort to combat the growing problem of lasers directed at aircraft, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has created a new website to make it easier for pilots and the public to report laser incidents and obtain information on the subject, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt announced today. The website, which… Read more »
Night Flight Concepts announced today at the â€œLaser Illumination of Aircraft Conference, a Growing Threatâ€ a new suite of products, Laser ArmorTM. These new optical systems for laser defense offer equipment and training options to help aviation organizations defend against laser attacks. Laser Armorâ„¢ aids in the planning and implementation of a coordinated response that… Read more »
Night Flight Concepts, a leading provider of night vision solutions to aviation organizations worldwide, announced it will participate in the upcoming event â€œLaser Illumination of Aircraft: a Growing Threatâ€ to help raise awareness of this growing issue in aviation and to showcase solutions that can help mitigate the risks associated with voluntary and involuntary laser… Read more »
The Wiltshire Air Ambulance was stopped from taking a dying man to hospital after laser pens were shone at the pilot as he tried to land.Â The man later died on the way to hospital in a road ambulance, although there are no details on the medical state of the patient to know whether or… Read more »
At a recent trade event, NoIR Laser Company LLC presented GlareShieldâ„¢ Laser Safety glasses, which have been shown to be effective against malicious laser illuminations by pilots with the Los Angeles Police Department. In as many as 3 incidents in early July, 2011, LAPD Air Support Division helicopter crews were intentionally and maliciously illuminated or… Read more »
Illinois legislators have passed state-level law which will make it illegal to target a laser at the cockpit of an aircraft.Â The law was recently signed onto the statute books by Illinois Governor, Pat Quinn, as one of a package of new laws to fight crime and protect residents across the state, and will become… Read more »
At this yearâ€™s Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) 41st Annual Conference & Exposition, Night Flight Concepts, a premier provider of comprehensive night vision solutions, and Delta P, a consulting company specializing in aerospace physiology, are pleased to unveil a new educational website, LaserStrikeProtection.com. The site is dedicated to helping aviation organizations understand and mitigate the… Read more »
Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Randy Babbitt announced today that the FAA will begin to impose civil penalties against people who point a laser into the cockpit of an aircraft. â€œOur top priority is protecting the safety of the traveling public. We will not hesitate to take tough action… Read more »
Helicopter Association International President Matt ZuccaroÂ conveys the support of HAI and its members forÂ recent FAA action to impose civil penalties upon individuals who point lasers at aircraft cockpits. “The helicopter industry is most susceptible to this safety hazard due to the lower altitude mission profiles we fly in both urban and rural locals. We are… Read more »
A 21-year-oldÂ Maidstone man has been sentenced toÂ eight months in prison for endangering the Kent and Essex Police helicopter while it was on a task in Maidstone last year. On the evening of 24 June 2010 the police helicopter was carrying out a search in the town centre when someone shining a laser pen in the… Read more »
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… Read more »
Winnipeg police made a quick arrest after someone directed a laser beam at their helicopter.Â The EC120 was flying over a downtown neighbourhood when it was targetted by a laser pointer.Â Officers quickly pinpointed the house where they believed the beam was coming from and made an arrest.Â The man was later released, but only… Read more »
US Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that a federal grand jury has returned an indictment today charging Jeffrey Lee Gentry, 33, of Bakersfield, with interfering with the safe operation of a Kern County Sheriffâ€™s Department helicopter by shining a hand-held laser into the cockpit.
The helicopter crew narrowed the source of the light to a city home where police confiscated a laser pointer from a 10-year-old boy. His parents were home, but hadn’t realized what their son was up to.
A 34-year old Long Beach woman has been arrested for pointing lasers at Police and Sheriff helicopters while they conducted a search for suspects in an unrelated incident in January. Kelly Ann Smith has been charged with two felony counts of discharging a laser at an aircraft.
Kevin Wayne Foster was ordered to stand trial on two felony and two misdemeanor counts stemming from the potentially dangerous Dec. 6 helicopter incident.Â If convicted, Foster faces about 4 years 8 months in prison, said Shasta County Deputy District Attorney Craig Omura.
Los Angeles Police say that a 14-year-old boy is in custody, accused of pointing a green laser at both a police helicopter and a plane headed to LAX – Los Angeles International Airport. Sgt. Mike Richardson told the media that the boy was booked Tuesday night on suspicion of pointing a laser at the pilot,… Read more »
Washington, DC â€“ The Senate has passed, with a 96-1 vote, an amendment introduced by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) that would crack down on individuals who shine laser pointers at aircraft â€“ an action which can temporarily blind pilots and put passengers at risk. The bipartisan amendment, which is cosponsored by Senators Jay Rockefeller… Read more »
The pilot radioed for police who launched a search helicopter.Â The pilot of that helicopter says someone pointed a laser at him as well.Â That allowed officers on board to target a location for the laser
As part of a plea agreement reached last month, 43-year-old Frank Newton Anderson pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of interfering with the operation of an aircraft. Authorities say Anderson temporarily blinded the helicopter pilot with a laser device last April.
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.
HeliHub.com editor note – we appreciate that this is primarily about airliners, but given the increase of laser incidents with helicopters, we decided it needs to be included, at least for awareness. WASHINGTON â€“ The FAA announced today that in 2010, nationwide reports of lasers pointed at airplanes almost doubled from the previous year to… Read more »
The FBI has opened an investigation into a person who shined a laser pointer into the cockpit of a medical helicopter. [report does not state helicopter type – photo is representative of teh AirMed fleet in Salt Lake City]
Flight crews reported the beam coming from southwest Calgary in an area near the Home Depot at the Shawnessy Shopping Centre.Â Calgary police, with the support of the HAWCS helicopter, moved into the area but couldn’t find the offender, they said.
Cpl. Joseph Andreasen and flight officer Cpl. Shawn Bogart were on patrol in North Naples at about 1 a.m. Saturday when a green laser light entered the left side of the helicopter, injuring both of their left eyes
Kevin Wayne Foster, 39, of Shasta Lake, and a 16-year-old teen were booked into the Shasta County jail Monday evening after Sheriff’s Department officials said they had flashed a green laser at a CHP helicopter.
David H. Hopwood, 35, of the 7000-block of Bristol Place in Sykesville was charged with reckless endangerment, attempted second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer and prohibited use of a laser pointer.
A Martin County Sheriff’s Office helicopter pilot encountered an unexpected obstacle in the sky just after midnight. The aviation unit was on patrol in Jensen Beach when a laser illuminated the cockpit, according to the sheriff’s office.
Last Friday in the morning, two military helicopters were hit by a laser beam above Vevey. Based on indications of crews, Vaud cantonal police could identify and question the author. He has been charged.
About 1 a.m. yesterday, Kellough was following a burglary suspect on the West Side when laser light struck his eyes. He said he sharply steered the helicopter away from the light, but not before his co-pilot was also temporarily blinded.
A teenager has been put under a curfew after admitting he put a police helicopter in jeopardy by shining a laser into its cockpit. [Note: Photo used in news article is way out of date – this force upgraded from AS355 to EC135 in 2003)
A Humberside Police spokesman said the crew of Oscar 99 were attending a job near Grant Thorold Park when they experienced a series of bright green flashes which illuminated the inside of aircraft, putting them in danger.
The ministry is working on a policy to kick off helicopter services in a big way as major Indian cities face ground congestion, making movement difficult even in cases of health and security-related emergencies.
The helicopter pilot of a white and blue U.S. Customs and Border Protection AS350Â flying over Madison Heights two weeks ago immediately called police there when a beam came into the cockpit, customs spokesman Kris Grogan said
Deputies say someone was shining a laser that could have blinded the pilot of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office helicopter. The pilot was OK, but now deputies are hunting for the person who flashed the laser.