As per this picture of the Embraer 190, but also on other Aircraft, the Control column stick has a very awkward position for hands. Why is this design chosen? To me it seems that the position of the hands would be really uncomfortable as the pilots hands would be tilted at 45 degrees and not stay vertical, thus putting a lot of stress on them.

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  • $\begingroup$ The amount of time they have one hand on the column is small. The amount they have 2 hands on the column very small. Why do you think it is uncomfortable? If it was, don't you think they would have changed the design? $\endgroup$ – Simon Jun 17 '15 at 14:47
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    $\begingroup$ Have you actually tried it yourself? Sit down at a table. Rest your arms on the table in front of you, in the most comfortable position for you. Are your hands vertical? Most likely they're tilted towards each other at about 45 degrees. Now deliberately put them in a vertical position and you'll probably feel an uncomfortable twisting feeling in your forearms. So tilted is much more natural and comfortable than vertical. $\endgroup$ – Pondlife Jun 17 '15 at 15:38
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    $\begingroup$ I fly this type. It is not uncomfortable at all. $\endgroup$ – Porcupine911 Jun 17 '15 at 15:46
  • $\begingroup$ Actually true. Thinking about it the position of the hands is more relaxed and comfortable this way.. $\endgroup$ – Fabrizio Mazzoni Jun 17 '15 at 15:52
  • $\begingroup$ Actually, I think this position is more comfortable than the more common vertical layout. Consider how ergonomic computer mice are designed in a similar way, to let the hand have a 45 degree angle: computer-posture.co.uk/images/… $\endgroup$ – J. Hougaard Jul 4 '16 at 11:33

I think it's quite similar to a steering wheel with your hands a bit to the upper half. You rest your hands onto the yoke with this variant, as compared to the other ones where they are vertical and inclined to slide downwards.

While I'm certainly not sure, it could be a sensory thing as well, perhaps allowing better feel for the position as you are putting less energy into your arm and tiring it out less.

I think it's a minor design detail and had it been uncomfortable/ problematic they would have got rid of it pretty quickly.

Embraer Angled Yoke

Bombadier Vertical Yoke


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