Military "Active Sticks" Feedback System Coming to Commercial Jets

By Gary Cutlack on at

BAE Systems is using this week's Farnborough International Air Show to demonstrate a form of Active Inceptor Systems for regular aircraft, taking the tactile feedback from the military world to the city-hopping commercial jet pilots.

The feedback system delivers "tactile cues" to the pilot through the stick, also linking the sticks in the cockpit together digitally without the need for mechanical couplings. BAE says fliers can enjoy "improved performance and safety" from the active sticks, while also reducing the number of corrections and adjustments pilots have to make.