Thu, May 17, 2012
Two Incidents Occurred Within Minutes
Utah police are looking for suspects after green lasers were pointed at two airborne aircraft landing at Salt Lake City International Airport last week. USA Today reports the first incident involved a Southwest Boeing 737 flying at 9,500 feet above the ground, while the second incident involved a Lear jet at 6,000 feet about twelve minutes later. Local authorities say the incidents happened last Thursday.
A spokesman for the airport, David Korzep told The Salt Lake Tribune that both planes landed safely, although the lasers briefly “took out” cockpit visibility. Korzep added “It’s a crucial phase of flight, the final approach to your destination. This is a huge safety consideration.” Pointing a laser device at an aircraft is also a federal crime, and convictions can mean up to a $250,000 fine and as many as 20 years in jail.
The FAA reported last year that the number of laser assaults on aircraft increased, in spite of the increased penalties for anyone caught doing it. According to USA Today, “The number of incidents nationally in which people pointed lasers at aircraft nearly doubled in 2010 to 2,836 incidents, according to the FAA”. The Salt Lake City airport ranked 14th nationally with 36 incidents in 2010.
Rich Bell, a police spokesman told the Tribune “we’ve had these incidents in the past and if they keep doing it, we have had some success in tracking them down.” (FAA image of a laser shining into a cockpit)
Also: PWC PW307D, Icon Scandal, Memorial Day, IASO, Nat'l Warplane Museum, Gogo Cloud, Orbital ATK, Honor Flight Austin The Australia's Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, D>[...]
Despite What Appeared To Be A Decent Ditching Effort, An Outstanding Pilot Was Lost The airshow community has suffered its second tragedy in nearly as many weeks. Long-time warbird>[...]
European Business Aircraft Operators Must Comply With New EASA Air Operations Covering Non-Commercial Flights By August 2016 TrainingPort.net has announced that it is partnering wi>[...]
Aircraft Entered Service In 2001 The Australian Hawk 127 Lead-In fighter fleet has achieved 100,000 flying hours since entering service in 2001.>[...]
Mentor AATD Will Be Configured To Simulate A Cessna 172 The Georgia Institute of Technology, (also known as Georgia Tech) Atlanta, has contracted with Frasca International, Inc. to>[...]