Youth Charged After Bogus Radio Calls

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An Australian youth might be looking for a less dangerous pastime after he was charged last week with making hoax radio calls to aircraft and the tower at Perth Airport. Scott Bradley Pike, 19, of the Perth suburb of Lynwood, was charged with a single count of using a transmitter in a way likely to interfere with radio communications. The Australian Federal Police allege Pike made bogus radio calls on radio control frequencies over two days earlier this month. The transmissions were allegedly purported to be from aircraft seeking clearances to enter controlled airspace, land and cross active runways. The police also allege some of the calls contained threats to the safety of aircraft. Pike will be back in court in April.