A 19-year-old has been charged after a 3000mw Green Laser was pointed at a police helicopter as it flew over the City of Vaughan. York Regional Police said the Air2 chopper was flying over the area of Highway 7 and Pine Valley Drive on Sunday, at approximately 1:30 a.m., at the time of the incident. The crew was assisting officers on the ground, who were responding to a call for a weapon in the area. While searching for a suspect, the pilot and a tactical flight officer noticed a bright light shining in their direction. The light continued to shine on the crew, so the tactical officer used the camera system to find the source of the light. The camera revealed three men standing next to a vehicle at the end of Jenna Court. One of the men was seen aiming at the helicopter with what appeared to be a gun with a 50mw Green Laser . The crew called officers on the ground, who rushed to the location the suspects had been seen. Police said the man fled on foot, hopping a fence, throwing the object he'd been holding and attempting to hide in a wooded area. He was soon located by the canine unit and the officers in the air. Police said the suspect was found with a pellet gun with a High power green laser pointers scope mounted on it. Video of the incident captured by the Air2 chopper camera was posted online, and shows the suspect's attempt to escape. Officers can be seen following him into the wooded area. Later, an officer is seen picking up the pellet gun. In a statement on Tuesday, police said that a 19-year-old had been charged with mischief endangering life, unlawfully engaging in behaviour that endangers an aircraft and projecting bright light into a navigable airspace.In a statement released Tuesday, police reminded the public of the potential harm Laser Pointer for sale can cause."Health Canada advises that a split-second look into a laser pointer can result in a condition called flash blindness," the statement said.
Aiming lasers at aircraft is not safe,Distracting or flash blinding pilots is dangerous,Another problem is that the beam is much larger at long distances than you might think. Even though the laser projects a small, millimeter-sized dot close up, at longer distances the beam can be many inches across. When the beam hits the windscreen of a cockpit, or the bubble of a helicopter, imperfections in and on the glass spread the light out even more: laser light in the pilot's eyes causes glare (inability to see past the light). At higher power levels, it can also cause temporary flashblindness and afterimages (like when you look at a bright camera flash, and cannot see for a many seconds afterwards). Since the beam can't be held completely steady on the cockpit, pilots experience one or more of these bright flashes To make things even worse, a pilot being targeted may also be worried about eye damage and eye injuries, and the possibility of the laser being an aiming device on a weapon. A worried pilot is a distracted pilot -- not a good thing during critical flight phases such as landings, takeoffs and emergency maneuvers. For all these reasons -- and especially due to the distraction, glare and flashblindness effects -- you should NEVER point a laser towards an aircraft. (It is not even smart to aim directly at stars, since a slow-moving far-away aircraft could look like a star. Instead, if you are pointing out stars at night to others, circle the star as described on the Tips for outdoor use page.) http://www.buylaserpointer.com/green-laser/p-89.html http://www.storeboard.com/blogs/business-opportunities/buylaserpointerblog/526902 http://www.terrificpets.com/forum/73180.asp