Fri, Feb 17, 2006
Pilots Report Lasers In Detroit
Lasers are in the news again -- alas, not because of some
scientific development, but instead because at least 16 pilots
landing their planes at Detroit Metro Airport in a single night
report having been flashed by potentially blinding, focused beams
It all happened Monday night, according to FAA spokeswoman
Elizabeth Isham Cory. Pilots told the FAA the beams appeared to
come from the area around the suburbs of Dearborn and Dearborn
Heights, west of the Detroit metroplex.
It was the second rash of laser light-ups reported at Metro over
the past six months. Since the end of 2004, the Associated Press
counts 305 laser incidents nationwide.
"We treat it as a very serious matter," FBI Special Agent Dawn
Clenney said. "Laser beams can disorient pilots responsible for an
airplane full of passengers."
Under the Patriot Act, laser spotlighting of aircraft is
considered a terrorist act, punishable by up to 20-years in prison.
Authorities haven't yet found who shone the laser beams at the
"(The) successful launch of the NROL-39 mission is a testament to the tremendous government-industry partnership. We greatly appreciate the teamwork with the NRO Office of Space La>[...]
Lost Communications Loss of the ability to communicate by radio. Aircraft are sometimes referred to as NORDO (No Radio). Standard pilot procedures are specified in 14 CFR Part 91. >[...]
Aero Linx: The Story Of World War 1 Aviation The Spark That Set the World Aflame: The assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand, heir to throne of Austria-Hungary, and his wife i>[...]
A Powerful New Tool For You To Use For Your Aero-Conversations Want to start a conversation about a story you've seen on Aero-News? It's even easier with Disqus, a powerful, web-ba>[...]
NROL-39 Mission Boosted From Vandenberg AFB Thursday Night A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) lifted off >[...]