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The U.S. Navy has been recognized with a Government Agency Award for its innovative use of Palm handheld computers to grade pilot landings aboard aircraft carriers.

Landing Signal Officers (LSOs) aboard Navy aircraft carriers are responsible for grading and evaluating each aircraft landing for safety and accuracy. To eliminate an antiquated data-collection process once completed with a paper notebook and pen, the developers developed an application called PASS. This runs on Palm handhelds and allows LSOs to electronically grade by pilot and aircraft, and to input comments for each landing.

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I.M. Anonymous @ 10/28/2001 6:40:47 AM #

RE: Orange?
I.M. Anonymous @ 10/28/2001 6:43:11 AM #
It's PIC in Halloween colors :)

Not as great as it sounds

BBC @ 10/28/2001 11:25:43 AM #
I'm a Naval Flight Officer that just completed a six month cruise where this was tested. The LSOs were
ambivilent about it. The main problem, as I understand it, is that when LSOs grade passes,
they don't write out their comments with letters. Rather they use their own shorthand.
As I understand it, not being a LSO myself, this program does't recognize thier shorthand,
so they wind up writing the grades and comments in their notebook and transcribing it into the Palm.
If there any LSOs out there who know otherwise, let me know.

RE: Not as great as it sounds
GregGaub @ 10/28/2001 11:32:54 AM #
sounds like the LSO's need to be taught how to set up shortcuts. Even if they all have their own shorthand, they can set up shortcuts for all their shorthand codes, which the Palm will automatically replace with the full text. This way, they can use their shorthand, AND not have to do any transcribing. Hopefully someone will point that out to them so they can save even more time.



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