UTAS Launches Active Side-Stick For Commercial Aircraft

UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS) is to supply active side-sticks for Russia’s new single-aisle MC-21 aircraft, a first in the large commercial aircraft market according to UTAS.

UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS) is to supply active side-sticks for Russia’s new single-aisle MC-21 aircraft, a first in the large commercial aircraft market according to UTAS.

While side-sticks are used to fly Airbus aircraft, including the A320 and A380, this will be the first “active” type, which is seen more frequently in military applications and provides pilots with more feedback of the aircraft’s movements – both visually and physically.

Roman Taskaev Yakovlev deputy general director for flight tests and chief test pilot for the MC-21 programme said: "Active side-sticks significantly improve the level of safety, making evident control inputs of pilots to one another and allowing prompt recovery actions".

The MC-21 is set to take its first flight in 2016 and enter service in 2018.

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