MCIGuy From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1936 posts, RR: 0 Posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 2725 times:
There's a couple of things I'm curious about:
First, are there any helicopters in the world configured for "side stick" control for cyclic?
Second, and this is really just for any (former or present) gunship crews. When firing a powerful canon as on the AH-64, does one have to compensate with forward cyclic to balance "thrust" generated by the gun?
TIA and my advance apologies if anything I've asked is classified.
CTR From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 303 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2653 times:
Quoting MCIGuy (Thread starter): First, are there any helicopters in the world configured for "side stick" control for cyclic?
Older model AH-1 Cobras front seat gunners have a side stick control, however it has only limited authority and cannot be used for aggressive maneuvering. The latest AH-1 Zulu Cobra has full authority side stick control for the gunner (front seat) and the pilot (back seat).
Also the canceled Comanche had fly-by-wire side stick cyclic control front and back.
Sikorsky has been flying an experimental UH-60 modified with a side stick for years and plans to use side sticks on the S-92 when converted to fly-by-wire.
SlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 71 Reply 3, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week ago) and read 2630 times:
One of the largest, the Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane has one.
The sidestick is mounted in the little aft-facing bubble shown in the second picture. The seat faces the hook, and slingloads. You can see it clearly in the second photo. Just above the green stripe. It reportedly twists left-right for anti-torque control as well. Clearly there are no pedals for that seat.