This teen picked on the wrong pilot when he shone a 3000mw Green Laser beam at a police helicopter in Canada,Police in Canada have arrested and charged a 19-year-old after he pointed a laser at a police helicopter that was responding to a weapons call.
The Air2 helicopter was assisting officers by helping search for a suspect from the air when the pilot and tactical flight officer were temporarily blinded by a bright light.
The video, which has been released by police, shows the beam from the 50mw Green Laser in the sky.
According to police, the suspect, Nicholas Caranci, fled on foot, hopping a fence, The 19-year-old was charged with three offences and will face court in September.
The video shows just how vital helicopters are to night-time police searches, and the power of their cameras, as the co-pilot helped guide an officer to the laser's exact location - despite being hundreds of feet in the air.
York Regional Police, who posted the footage to their YouTube page, appealed to the public about the dangers of High power green laser pointers .
"Health Canada advises that a split-second look into a laser pointer can result in a condition called flash blindness.
"This is similar to the effect you get during flash photography, where the image of the flash remains in your eyes for a few seconds, then fades away.
"However, for a pilot in control of an aircraft flying over populated areas, the consequences can be serious."
Everyone involved with Laser Pointer for sale -- users, sellers, pros, pilots, airlines and regulators -- can help reduce the number and severity of laser pointer incidents. In our opinion, no single change will be a "magic solution". Therefore, we have listed a number of recommendations for various interested groups. Click on the links below for more details.
Our recommendations: Our main suggestions, for pilots and lawmakers, all on one page. A good summary and overview of what should be done.
For laser pointer users: Don't point at aircraft or vehicles. Don't annoy people. Tell your friends and associates. Don't aim at "stars", circle them instead. Don't buy a laser pointer more powerful than you really need for outdoor use.
For laser pointer sellers: Include a "Caution" sheet with every order. Put a permanent label warning against aiming at aircraft, on every laser pointer above 5 mW. Help form a trade association for laser pointer manufacturers, distributors and sellers. Get involved in regulations and SAE G-10T.
For professionals using lasers outdoors, such as observatories, remote sensing, and laser light shows: Use aircraft spotters and automated/semi-automated systems as appropriate.
For pilots: Learn how to recognize and recover from an incident. Do not panic. Report an incident. Seek qualified eye care if needed.
For airlines and the FAA: Provide mandatory pilot training.
For the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health: Suggest or mandate warning labels on lasers with visible beams. Consider restrictions or a ban on consumer sales of higher-powered lasers.
If lasers need to be restricted, one possible method is to tax handheld lasers.