Officer David White with the California Highway Patrol says a CHP pilot was targeted last week over Fair Oaks.
"The cockpit illuminated by a laser. Instinctively, he looked and the laser hit him in the eyes. So, he had temporary blind ness real quick, but he used the camera system that's on the airplane which has low-light lenses -night vision- and they were able to find the suspect shining the lense."
The FBI's program will combine a billboard and public service campaign with rewards of up to $10,000 dollars for information that leads to the arrest of someone shining a laser at a plane or helicopter.
"I would best describe it as if you were in a completely darkened environment and your eyes were very much acclimated to the night and someone set off a flash camera right in your face. But, unfortunately, this sometimes can last for a much longer duration so it would almost be a continual flash like that for in my experience up to 45 seconds."
Targeting an aircraft with a laser is punishable by five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The Carmichael man accused of trying to kill his two children back in 2015 is set to be sentenced next month, after pleading guilty to the crimes on Thursday.
The survivors of crime victims spoke out Thursday in Stockton, coming together to tell their stories and honor their loved ones.
Update 11/14/2016, 6:50 p.m.: A Stanislaus County Sheriff Deputy was shot and killed yesterday while checking out a suspicious vehicle near Hughson.
A memorial continues to grow for a Marysville boxing trainer who was shot to death outside of his gym and in front of his eight-year-old son Wednesday.
The Sacramento Police Department is answering for two separate shootings by police officers. Friday the City Manager signed a contract with a credentialed expert to investigate the two incidents.