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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Unauthorised laser illumination events

Listening to a scanner most nights I have personally noticed an increase in the amount of unauthorised laser illumination events being reported by pilots either landing or departing from Brisbane at night. Most recently tonight there was a report of a laser being pointed at aircraft 10 miles NNW of Brisbane Airport.

Pointing a laser at an aircraft causes distraction or temporary flash blindness to a pilot, during a critical phase of flight such as landing or takeoff. It is a criminal offence and has resulted in arrests, trials and jail sentences. It also results in calls to license or ban laser pointers. If you notice any unauthorised laser usage directed at aircraft you should report it to Police. Thankyou.

The video below shows the effects on pilots from the unauthorised use of laser pointers directed at aircraft.