Landing Signal Officer
LANDING SIGNAL OFFICER
The LSO or paddles is responsible for the safe and expeditious recovery of fixed-wing aircraft aboard the
ship. The LSO also has the ultimate responsibility for the training of pilots in carrier landing techniques by
conducting ground training, counseling, and debriefing individual pilots on their performance during FCLP
and CQ evolutions. The LSO can see your aircraft developing a trend that may result in a poor approach
The LSO uses radio calls to effect the safe recovery of aircraft. LSOs will keep communications short and
to the point using standard phraseology whenever possible. Your safety depends on your ability to re-
spond to these calls. Due to the training environment, nonstandard phraseology is sometimes necessary.
LSO phraseology is categorized into three types of calls: INFORMATIVE, ADVISORY, and IMPERATIVE.
Youre (a little) high.
Adjust rate of descent immediately with power/nose attitude to
reestablish a centered ball.
Youre (a little) low.
Correct glideslope immediately.
Youre going high/low.
Adjust rate of descent with power/nose attitude to maintain a
Youre lined up left/right.
Make lineup correction back to centerline.
Youre drifting left/right.
Stop drift and correct lineup to centerline.
Adjust nose attitude/power to reestablish optimum AOA.
Winds are (slightly) starboard/
Monitor lineup to maintain centerline.
Adjust power and attitude as required.
Ships in a starboard/port turn.
Adjust lineup as necessary.
Youre wide abeam.
Use less AOB in approach turn and adjust rate of descent and
Youre close abeam.
Use more AOB in approach turn and adjust rate of descent and
Compensate by increasing pattern altitude.
Compensate by decreasing pattern altitude.