The Control Stick of the 21st Century

Period of Performance: 03/31/2000 - 12/31/2000

$100K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Stirling Dynamics Incorporated
4030 Lake Washington Blvd NE, Suite 205
Kirkland, WA 98033
Principal Investigator

Abstract

The F-22 System Program Office (SPO) currently has a control stick that is not considered ideal for the aircraft. The current grip is too large, and does not have the necessary grip switches and functionality in an easy to use arrangement for the full percentile range of pilots. The size and complexity of the current design must be reduced to meet human factors considerations. More functionality is needed at the pilot's fingertips in order to improve the use of the grip. The switch bodies are considered too large to enable the increased functionality to be incorporated into the current unit. Also the current unit's user friendliness and other human factors leave a lot to be desired. This proposal addresses the requirement to retrofit a new active stick and grip to the F-22 and other future aircraft for the 21st century. Benefits of the technology would be a new stick design for the F-22 and other aircraft that meets human factors considerations and is thus easier to use for the pilots and that includes more functionality. The potential commercial market for this would be all F-22 currently produced (and yet to be produced), along with other aircraft such as the Joint Strike Fighter.