people pointing these lasers at planes, would be living under the flight path
which happens to cover half of metropolitan sydney
which also happens to be where a bunch of idiots live, it seems.
also, see this article; some idiot shines a laser at a helicopter searching for those laser shiners: http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/stor ... 01,00.html
also, see this site:http://www.pangolin.com/faa/laser-aircr ... nation.htm
, and this imagehttp://www.pangolin.com/faa/images/diag ... amples.gif
that is with a 5mw green laser. lasers of powers all the way up to 200mw are available cheaply on the internet, i think 20-50mw greenies are roughly 20-30 usd, so not hard to procure such items.
Morris Iemma implemented (for want of a better word) these laws, as a knee-jerk reaction to the hooliganism exhibited by these laser-shiners, in an attempt to stop the few idiots. In doing so, he's managed to, once again, isolate the rest of the law-abiding citizenship.
Why do we put up with him? There's nobody else who's better, which is a big problem.
Why are there being laws enacted for lasers
? That's because in the US, they have guns! GUNS~
Not here, no sirree.
Also, see here: http://www.bigpond.com/news/breaking/co ... 223521.asp
Essentially, Morris Iemma is saying that a reasonable excuse for owning one of these lasers would be to entertain a pet cat.
So basically, a single flash into a cockpit would be enough to have light bouncing around the cabin, which is enough to cause much annoyance. Handheld lasers of the type which are (presumably) being used to shine at airplanes are impossibly hard to keep stable, what with the distances and everything.
I have a 30mw greenie myself, I take great care to make sure I'm not shining it when there are planes around. Mostly, I only use it when I'm out camping, so low chance of planes flying overhead and whatnot. Good to point out at the stars, it's like I has a lightsaber
But yeah, now I have to not carry it outside my home, and not get caught with it and stuff
Sucks for the general public, really, to have a few inconsiderate idiots ruin it for the rest of us. Don't think they'd like it if someone shone it at them while they were driving.