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Advantages Of A Ram Horn Yoke?

Thu Oct 09, 2003 5:15 pm

When seeing pictures of the Concorde cockpit, the Embraer 170, and the new Hawker Horizon, I wonder why the designers opt for the ram horn yoke.
Does this type of yoke present advantages compared to the more traditional yoke?
I am not a pilot, but I have the feeling that flying with a ram horn yoke must me strange, and less comfortable for the hands to rest on...
Or does the type of yoke make little difference, given the fact that most planes fly on automatic pilot, and that the yoke is only used at take of and landing...
Thanks for any info...
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RE: Advantages Of A Ram Horn Yoke?

Thu Oct 09, 2003 7:27 pm

Advantages? Though I consider it useless on a highspeed aircraft, I figure it is ergnometry, the way your hands are naturally went you put them up in front.
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RE: Advantages Of A Ram Horn Yoke?

Fri Oct 10, 2003 8:14 am

I'd say Lehpron's reason is probably reasonable. I know plenty of pilots (some of them airline pilots) that often times (except on takeoff or landing obviously) fly the airplane by resting their hands on the tops of the traditional yoke. It is more comfortable especially when you've gotta have your hands on the yoke for an extended period of time, since you're not twisting your wrist and gripping.
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RE: Advantages Of A Ram Horn Yoke?

Fri Oct 10, 2003 1:27 pm

It's an English thing for the most part. Hawkers have them too. With the exception of the Embraer all the planes I have seen with them were English.


RE: Advantages Of A Ram Horn Yoke?

Fri Oct 10, 2003 1:49 pm

The English and the Brazilians aren't the only ones who have used them - they are also installed on the Turbo Commander 690A series aircraft and later. There is really no real advantage to them one way or the other. The same actually goes for sticks, yokes, and side sticks. The British also had a "hoop" on top of the control stick arrangement that they used during WWII. Any of them do what they're supposed to do and, like anything else, there are advantages and disadvantages to each. Personally, I really don't care for the Ram's Horn style - for purely aesthetic reasons.


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