Questions tagged [sidestick]

Flight control similar to a joystick, which is used to control all fly-by-wire Airbus aircraft.

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Is there a standard button layout on a side-stick for software-based flight simulators that matches what would find in real life?

My son wants to become a pilot so we started him off with the FlightGear Simulator and a joystick with lots of buttons so he can get his feet wet. Is there a standard layout for buttons on a joystick ...
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Does F-35 flight stick have a trackball?

There is a trackball-looking thing on the side of F-35's side stick. What is this? Is this actually a trackball? There is also another round looking "button", although a bit different from ...
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Do F-22 and F-35 use force sensing flight sticks like F-16?

Do F-22 and F-35 use force sensing flight sticks (as opposed to flight sticks that actually deflect and sense movement), like F-16?
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Do pilots use the pedals in flight on planes with a sidestick (Airbus)?

Do the pilots flying sidestick aircraft with fly-by-wire control systems, such as the Airbus A320, use the rudder pedals while in the air? Or does sidestick input affect both the rudder and the ...
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What do left handed F-16 pilots do about the right side stick? [duplicate]

I was just watching a video about the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels doing their city fly overs and realized that the F-16 has a right hand side stick, which begs the question "what do left handed F-16 ...
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What is the communication protocol for the side-stick in the F-16 or F/A-18?

The side-stick in the F-16 or F/A-18 communicates with the flight control computer to transmit the pilot inputs. This transmission uses a protocol. Which protocol?
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The F16 stick movement is little. But how? [duplicate]

The F16 stick movement is very little, is 1/8inch. So there is just a stop point at the end of the movement, or the stick is hard all the time, but move a bit ? There is increase in stiffness to ...
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Could sidesticks be linked?

A sidestick is spring-loaded to the centre position. If there were servos under the stick, connected to the other side stick, so instead of being spring-loaded to centre, it was spring-loaded to the ...
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What has Airbus done to address the dual input issue?

There have been a couple of fatal incidents involving Airbus aircraft, namely Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501 and Air France Flight 447, that could have been prevented had the captains orders / input ...
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What are the mechanical deflection angles for Airbus side-stick controllers?

Does anyone know the angular deflection limits of the longitudinal (pitch) and lateral (roll) axis of Airbus's side-stick?
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Who has the final authority over sidesticks?

I’m wondering what would happen if - for some reason - the pilot and his copilot were fighting over the control of an Airbus with their respective sidesticks. Does the pilot gets the final word ? Does ...
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What distinguishes the Airbus-Sidestick from an ordinary gaming joystick?

I don't think the Sidestick in Airbus aircraft is an ordinary gaming joystick that is plugged via USB into the Airbus Computers. I guess it is something very special, because it's one of the most ...
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Why do Airbus sidesticks add their inputs?

There have been a couple of Airbus disasters where, in the confusion leading up to the crash, both pilots have attempted to control the aircraft with their sidesticks at the same time. In the absence ...
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Sidestick safety concern [closed]

I read about several aircraft crashes throughout aviation history and the investigations on wikipedia and also checked out some episodes of the documentary "Air Crash Investigation". While of course ...
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Was the Airbus A300/A310 ever supplied with a yoke and not a sidestick?

In the Air Crash Investigation episode "Kid In The Cockpit," which details the crash of Aeroflot Flight 593, the video shows the plane had a yoke not a sidestick I was under the impression all Airbus ...
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Why is there so much movement of the sidestick during this takeoff?

Watching a video entitled Airbus A330 Takeoff Sidestick View, there appears to be a lot of side-to-side movement of the sidestick, as well as a lot of pushing the nose down: ...
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Why is the Priority Takeover button used?

On the sidesticks of Airbus aircraft, there is a Priority Takeover button. Wikipedia has this to say: In typical Airbus side-stick implementations, the sticks are independent. The plane's computer ...