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2017-12-06 10:55:42 AM  
Use a powerful enough laser, and the pilot won't be in any condition to arrest you.
 
2017-12-06 11:27:50 AM  

dittybopper: Use a powerful enough laser, and the pilot won't be in any condition to arrest you.


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2017-12-06 12:18:00 PM  
Thousands of lasings a year and no attributable incidents as a result. Perhaps the lasers just make them flash back to Macho Grande.
 
2017-12-06 05:20:35 PM  
You want six stars? Because that's how you get six stars.
 
2017-12-06 07:37:20 PM  
This is why helicopters should have a gunner and a 50-cal. Just aim at the light.
 
2017-12-06 07:37:56 PM  
Fluke has been charged with misuse of laser lighting devices, a third-degree felony.
Ok ok, I'll call off my dance party disco light shows.
 
2017-12-06 07:41:06 PM  
Here we go again with a cop making a huge deal out of something that isn't that big of a deal.

I love where he said, "when they came to." Like they were knocked unconscious by the laser. Bullsh_t.

Also, he landed in a parking lot to go after the guy? I'm sure that was safe and totally reasonable. Again, bullsh_t.
 
2017-12-06 07:44:34 PM  

doglover: You want six stars? Because that's how you get six stars.


It's five now. Stopped being 6 back in San Andreas.
 
2017-12-06 07:48:13 PM  

Big_Doofus: Here we go again with a cop making a huge deal out of something that isn't that big of a deal.

I love where he said, "when they came to." Like they were knocked unconscious by the laser. Bullsh_t.

Also, he landed in a parking lot to go after the guy? I'm sure that was safe and totally reasonable. Again, bullsh_t.


Potentially blinding the pilot of an aircraft is actually a big deal.
 
2017-12-06 07:49:21 PM  
My Christmas lights are not a threat!

\you want a war on Christmas, this is how you get a war on Christmas
\\should not be considered an endorsement of the whole "war on Christmas" hulabaloo
 
2017-12-06 07:55:12 PM  

Big_Doofus: Here we go again with a cop making a huge deal out of something that isn't that big of a deal.

I love where he said, "when they came to." Like they were knocked unconscious by the laser. Bullsh_t.

Also, he landed in a parking lot to go after the guy? I'm sure that was safe and totally reasonable. Again, bullsh_t.


At least your fark handle is accurate
 
2017-12-06 07:56:28 PM  

Big_Doofus: Also, he landed in a parking lot to go after the guy? I'm sure that was safe and totally reasonable.


You don't understand how helicopters work, do you?
 
2017-12-06 07:59:25 PM  

Big_Doofus: Here we go again with a cop making a huge deal out of something that isn't that big of a deal.

I love where he said, "when they came to." Like they were knocked unconscious by the laser. Bullsh_t.

Also, he landed in a parking lot to go after the guy? I'm sure that was safe and totally reasonable. Again, bullsh_t.


On behalf of pilots everywhere, good for the cops. This is NO different than idiots throwing rocks from a highway overpass into traffic.

99.999% of the time you won't hurt anyone. Eventually someone will. They are intentionally trying to distract someone flying a machine. No other reason to do it.

No, it's not impossible to hit a pilots eye inside  a fast plane with a tiny little dot. You just need to flash it across the windscreen once and, for a pilot relying on well adjusted night vision, it's like a flash bulb going off.
 
2017-12-06 07:59:29 PM  

Big_Doofus: Here we go again with a cop making a huge deal out of something that isn't that big of a deal.

I love where he said, "when they came to." Like they were knocked unconscious by the laser. Bullsh_t.

Also, he landed in a parking lot to go after the guy? I'm sure that was safe and totally reasonable. Again, bullsh_t.


Nah, pointing something at an aircraft which could potentially blind the pilot isn't a big deal at all.  I mean, why do pilots need to be able to see?  Nevermind that its been deemed a serious enough safety threat that it's banned under federal law.  But no, it's just an overreacting cop.  At least your Fark handle is descriptive of your intelligence level.
 
2017-12-06 08:05:30 PM  
Headline gave me a GTA 3 flashback.

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2017-12-06 08:49:49 PM  

Click Click D'oh: Big_Doofus: Also, he landed in a parking lot to go after the guy? I'm sure that was safe and totally reasonable.

You don't understand how helicopters work, do you?


I've actually flown in helicopters many times. Have you?
 
2017-12-06 08:51:19 PM  

pastramithemosterotic: Big_Doofus: Here we go again with a cop making a huge deal out of something that isn't that big of a deal.

I love where he said, "when they came to." Like they were knocked unconscious by the laser. Bullsh_t.

Also, he landed in a parking lot to go after the guy? I'm sure that was safe and totally reasonable. Again, bullsh_t.

At least your fark handle is accurate


So, you think the pilot was knocked unconscious?

Whatever happened to people's freedom? If the dude wants to shine his flashlight into the sky, why can't he? Fu_king nanny state we now live in. Bunch of snowflakes.
 
2017-12-06 09:07:14 PM  

Big_Doofus: Click Click D'oh: Big_Doofus: Also, he landed in a parking lot to go after the guy? I'm sure that was safe and totally reasonable.

You don't understand how helicopters work, do you?

I've actually flown in helicopters many times. Have you?


Once a laser knocks the pilot out how long does it take before you regain consciousness?
 
2017-12-06 09:07:59 PM  
With the potential for disaster, Pointing laser at aircraft should carry same penalty as shooting a gun at one.
 
2017-12-06 09:21:16 PM  

Big_Doofus: I've actually flown in helicopters many times. Have you?


Yes.  Which makes me wonder why you think a parking lot is a particularly dangerous place to land a helicopter..

Wait... You have flown an A6Ms lately have you?
 
2017-12-06 10:02:53 PM  

dukeblue219: On behalf of pilots everywhere, good for the cops.


Till you consider they proved putting the bird in the air was a complete waste of money.  Suspect was barricaded, completely surrounded.  Were they worried the suspect was going to try flying away?  But to be real, cops just like to swarm a scene when most of them are only going to stand around chatting about it like a gossip club.  Good use of taxpayer money right there.
 
2017-12-06 10:19:22 PM  
Holy shiat,  people.  Ignore the troll.
 
2017-12-06 10:39:52 PM  

PreMortem: Thousands of lasings a year and no attributable incidents as a result. Perhaps the lasers just make them flash back to Macho Grande.


Yeah, you can eat my ass with that.

I've been in a helicopter that got lased. It was utterly terrifying and affected our patient care on a critical patient on a ventilator and multiple hemoaffective drips.

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That's what it looks like. Without NVGs.

If you have NVGs on, you've just fried a 10,000 dollar piece of equipment that is mission critical.
 
2017-12-06 10:40:36 PM  

Click Click D'oh: Big_Doofus: I've actually flown in helicopters many times. Have you?

Yes.  Which makes me wonder why you think a parking lot is a particularly dangerous place to land a helicopter..

Wait... You have flown an A6Ms lately have you?


Unplanned landings in uncontrolled parking lots are exceptionally dangerous. Not only are you having to bring the aircraft down in an unfamiliar setting with terrain hazards, there's nothing stopping some idiot from trying to drive under you or around you and causing aircraft damage.
 
2017-12-06 10:42:26 PM  

Katolu: Holy shiat,  people.  Ignore the troll.


Hey!
 
2017-12-07 01:30:07 AM  
Wouldn't it make more sense to direct ground units to the guys house?

/Maybe he just wanted to unlock the achievement
 
2017-12-07 02:59:37 AM  

hardinparamedic: PreMortem: Thousands of lasings a year and no attributable incidents as a result. Perhaps the lasers just make them flash back to Macho Grande.

Yeah, you can eat my ass with that.

I've been in a helicopter that got lased. It was utterly terrifying and affected our patient care on a critical patient on a ventilator and multiple hemoaffective drips.

[regmedia.co.uk image 850x562]
That's what it looks like. Without NVGs.

If you have NVGs on, you've just fried a 10,000 dollar piece of equipment that is mission critical.


Don't tell the Norks, they'll be able to neutralize our entire civilian and military aircraft with two dollar pen lights. That's what happened at Macho Grande.
 
2017-12-07 05:55:25 AM  

Big_Doofus: pastramithemosterotic: Big_Doofus: Here we go again with a cop making a huge deal out of something that isn't that big of a deal.

I love where he said, "when they came to." Like they were knocked unconscious by the laser. Bullsh_t.

Also, he landed in a parking lot to go after the guy? I'm sure that was safe and totally reasonable. Again, bullsh_t.

At least your fark handle is accurate

So, you think the pilot was knocked unconscious?

Whatever happened to people's freedom? If the dude wants to shine his flashlight into the sky, why can't he? Fu_king nanny state we now live in. Bunch of snowflakes.


You're really bad at this.
 
2017-12-07 07:06:05 AM  
Oh it's THIS story again.
Man, these pilots really need to come up with some other snowflakey thing to complain about. Or, just SHUT THE FARK UP.

Do you see IT managers complaining incessantly in the press about the difficulties of requirement elicitiation? How about musical composers yapping on the front page of every website in the world, complaining about the instrument-based contextual difference between the enharmonic keys of GbMaj and F#maj? No? Why not?

Because guess what? NO ONE CARES DICK ABOUT YOU. Go back to work like the rest of us and SHUT UP.
 
2017-12-07 07:08:36 AM  

FixedThatForYou: Oh it's THIS story again.
Man, these pilots really need to come up with some other snowflakey thing to complain about. Or, just SHUT THE FARK UP.

Do you see IT managers complaining incessantly in the press about the difficulties of requirement elicitiation? How about musical composers yapping on the front page of every website in the world, complaining about the instrument-based contextual difference between the enharmonic keys of GbMaj and F#maj? No? Why not?

Because guess what? NO ONE CARES DICK ABOUT YOU. Go back to work like the rest of us and SHUT UP.


Worst troll ever.
 
2017-12-07 07:45:23 AM  

pastramithemosterotic: Big_Doofus: pastramithemosterotic: Big_Doofus: Here we go again with a cop making a huge deal out of something that isn't that big of a deal.

I love where he said, "when they came to." Like they were knocked unconscious by the laser. Bullsh_t.

Also, he landed in a parking lot to go after the guy? I'm sure that was safe and totally reasonable. Again, bullsh_t.

At least your fark handle is accurate

So, you think the pilot was knocked unconscious?

Whatever happened to people's freedom? If the dude wants to shine his flashlight into the sky, why can't he? Fu_king nanny state we now live in. Bunch of snowflakes.

You're really bad at this.


I had a few earlier.
 
2017-12-07 07:49:35 AM  

Big_Doofus: Katolu: Holy shiat, people. Ignore the troll.

Hey!


The fact that you immediately thought he was talking about you is telling.

Go away now.
 
2017-12-07 08:51:36 AM  

zinethar: Big_Doofus: Katolu: Holy shiat, people. Ignore the troll.

Hey!

The fact that you immediately thought he was talking about you is telling.

Go away now.


Gosh! You hurt my feelings.
 
2017-12-07 09:29:59 AM  

stuffy: With the potential for disaster, Pointing laser at aircraft should carry same penalty as shooting a gun at one.


Pointing a laser at an aircraft is probably more dangerous than shooting at it, simply because you're not very likely to hit it with the gun but you are with the laser.

Even during daylight the lasers are extremely bright, they're much more than just a distraction.


As far as landing in a parking lot goes, safety depends on the lot in question, without seeing it there's no cause to claim it was unsafe.   I'm just happy they caught the guy with the laser and he can face that $20,000 fine.

And yes, while those of you who said it thought it was an argument for how silly it is, a concerted effort against civilian aircraft really can deny airspace.  Many ebay lasers from China are higher output than is legal in the US as well.   A single person with a laser can affect arrivals or departures at an airport. Multiple people could close one.  Fortunately continued use is also how they get caught.   As an airline pilot, if anything I think the penalties are not severe enough.
 
2017-12-07 10:01:04 AM  

hardinparamedic: PreMortem: Thousands of lasings a year and no attributable incidents as a result. Perhaps the lasers just make them flash back to Macho Grande.

Yeah, you can eat my ass with that.

I've been in a helicopter that got lased. It was utterly terrifying and affected our patient care on a critical patient on a ventilator and multiple hemoaffective drips.

[regmedia.co.uk image 850x562][View Full Size image _x_]
That's what it looks like. Without NVGs.

If you have NVGs on, you've just fried a 10,000 dollar piece of equipment that is mission critical.


So it looks like a car driving towards me with their headlights on? I wonder why people in cars driving at night don't lose control when another car passes them? Maybe the average car driver is more competent than the average helicopter pilot.
 
2017-12-07 10:57:16 AM  

SocratesNutz: hardinparamedic: PreMortem: Thousands of lasings a year and no attributable incidents as a result. Perhaps the lasers just make them flash back to Macho Grande.

Yeah, you can eat my ass with that.

I've been in a helicopter that got lased. It was utterly terrifying and affected our patient care on a critical patient on a ventilator and multiple hemoaffective drips.

[regmedia.co.uk image 850x562][View Full Size image _x_]
That's what it looks like. Without NVGs.

If you have NVGs on, you've just fried a 10,000 dollar piece of equipment that is mission critical.

So it looks like a car driving towards me with their headlights on? I wonder why people in cars driving at night don't lose control when another car passes them? Maybe the average car driver is more competent than the average helicopter pilot.


The average car can pull over if the driver is blinded by headlights.

The average helicopter flies into the ground at 120 knots when the pilot is blinded.

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It's almost as if these are totally different situations you presented, and the risk profile might be completely different.
 
2017-12-07 11:20:46 AM  

sunderland56: This is why helicopters should have a gunner and a 50-cal. Just aim at the light.


Or just maybe a couple of Hellfire missles. Nice when the target provides its own terminal guidance for your weapons.
 
2017-12-07 11:22:58 AM  

commodork: doglover: You want six stars? Because that's how you get six stars.

It's five now. Stopped being 6 back in San Andreas.


That because they learned they shouldn't just let the Army roll in with tanks. Because if a single guy is bad enough to warrant the US farking military, he's just gonna jack that tank anyway, and then you got a real problem on your hands.
 
2017-12-07 11:25:45 AM  
If you make a helicopter pilot get out and have to come to you, he's bringing an ass whupping with him.
 
2017-12-07 01:44:27 PM  

pastramithemosterotic: Big_Doofus: Here we go again with a cop making a huge deal out of something that isn't that big of a deal.

I love where he said, "when they came to." Like they were knocked unconscious by the laser. Bullsh_t.

Also, he landed in a parking lot to go after the guy? I'm sure that was safe and totally reasonable. Again, bullsh_t.

At least your fark handle is accurate


I mean I guess you have to figure out what's more dangerous: trying to fly while continuing to get lasered or landing in a parking lot.
 
2017-12-07 01:48:20 PM  

Old Smokie: pastramithemosterotic: Big_Doofus: Here we go again with a cop making a huge deal out of something that isn't that big of a deal.

I love where he said, "when they came to." Like they were knocked unconscious by the laser. Bullsh_t.

Also, he landed in a parking lot to go after the guy? I'm sure that was safe and totally reasonable. Again, bullsh_t.

At least your fark handle is accurate

I mean I guess you have to figure out what's more dangerous: trying to fly while continuing to get lasered or landing in a parking lot.


The Medivac helicopters in my area (coincidentally, the same area this took place) do it all the freaking time.
 
2017-12-07 01:54:50 PM  
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Old news.
 
2017-12-07 08:32:57 PM  

SocratesNutz: hardinparamedic: PreMortem: Thousands of lasings a year and no attributable incidents as a result. Perhaps the lasers just make them flash back to Macho Grande.

Yeah, you can eat my ass with that.

I've been in a helicopter that got lased. It was utterly terrifying and affected our patient care on a critical patient on a ventilator and multiple hemoaffective drips.

[regmedia.co.uk image 850x562][View Full Size image _x_]
That's what it looks like. Without NVGs.

If you have NVGs on, you've just fried a 10,000 dollar piece of equipment that is mission critical.

So it looks like a car driving towards me with their headlights on? I wonder why people in cars driving at night don't lose control when another car passes them? Maybe the average car driver is more competent than the average helicopter pilot.


It's nothing like car headlights
 
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