From invisible man to Shiva, our small LSO (Landing Signal Officer) is getting prepared for the iOS coding.
Cleaning of background behind the LSO (Landing Signal Officer)
We first cleaned the background behind the character in Photoshop, removing it entirely and drawing blue lines to cover the now empty space. Those lines didn’t need to be as perfect as Dominique Maes’ illustrations as you can see in the series of screenshots above.
We then reworked the LSO character, removing his arms and creating new ones so that we could illustrate the major standardized signals identified in a 1945 U.S. navy training book.
LSO – Landing Signal Officer being prepared for iOS app coding
Key Landing Signal Officer’s standardized signals
That done, we let all the newly-created arms appear on the screen and it really looked like our officer had turned into a new-age Shiva goddess…
Based on the U.S. Navy training guide, we have selected not 5 mantras but 5 basic signals that we want to illustrate and use as part of the ebook’s gamification.
We still need to discuss them – understand negotiate 😉 – with the app developer though. In the end, they may not all be used, depending on the coding possibilities and user’s overall experience on this new page!
NB: we’ll use our small guy for take-off too… and hope that experts will not be annoyed with those artistic license/
Annexes: 1945 U.S. Navy training guide
(Source: Naval Aviation News)
Chart showing the thirteen daytime standardized signals of U.S. Navy Landing Signal Officers used to guide approaching aircraft to the aircraft carrier. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
So, we’re having this huge illustration of an aerodrome with this small guy at the edge of the runway waiting for further iOS development… and we suddenly think that we don’t know much about aircraft ground handling and the job of the landing signal officer (LSO)!
Flagman directs pilot (stop) in kidsapp “All my Love (for you)” by Dominique Maes
We’ve started looking into aircraft marshaling and the job of the flagman; and, this is what we found in substance:
“visual signalling between ground personnel and pilots on an airport, aircraft carrier or helipad. Marshalling is one-on-one visual communication and a part of aircraft ground handling. It may be as an alternative to, or additional to, radio communications between the aircraft and air traffic control, The usual equipment of a marshaller is a reflecting safety vest, a helmet with acoustic earmuffs, and gloves or marshalling wands, handheld illuminated beacons.”
Source: Courtesy of Wikipedia
U.S. Navy Lieutenant W.F. Tobin, Landing Signal Officer (LSO), waves aircraft on board the French carrier LaFayette (R96) off French Indochina (Vietnam). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Another Wikipedia page provides info on standardized LSO signals designed by the U.S. Navy as well as differences between UK and U.S. LSOs. Indeed, U.S. Navy signals were advisory while Royal Navy signals were usually mandatory. More details here.
Now, the question is “What and who’s going to land on this airport runway???”
We’re quite excited about this new addition in the app and look forward to sharing it with you!