Stirling Dynamics announced that it has successfully delivered a high force stick and dual rotary throttle system to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) in Japan via its in-country partner, RealViz.
Gareth Vaughan, AMS Business Manager at Stirling, commented: “Our exclusive partnership with RealViz for the Japanese product market is extremely important to us because it allows our product to be presented to, and compete in, one of the most technologically demanding markets in the world. We’re extremely pleased to deliver this latest order, which increases our profile in this market and has prepared the ground for further orders.”
The high force stick and dual rotary throttle system are both part of the company’s Active Controls portfolio. Active Controls replace the traditional springs and dampers of a passive control system with motors and gearboxes commanded by real time software. This allows the user to programme the controls during the simulation or test flight to get the best feel in response to any chosen stimulus, such as: reducing pilot workload through tactile cues; alerting the pilot to a potential hazard through a stick-shaker; or simulating a mechanical jam by temporarily locking one axis of movement.
The stick and throttle system will be used to inform the development of the next generation Japanese Military Aircraft. They have been used extensively by other customers in both fixed and rotary wing configurations.