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Are the spotlights on helicopters controlled manually or via computer?

Asked by andrew (16353points) April 30th, 2009

Since I live in LA, I have the great privilege of watching helicopters circle at night. As they circle, though, the spotlight stays in (more or less) exactly the same place. Is this compensated by computer or just an adept spotlight controller? Is the person controlling the spotlight different from the pilot?

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