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Hands-On Throttle and Stick (HOTAS)
The F-22 features a side-stick controller (like an F-16) and two throttles that are the aircraft's primary flight controls. The GEC-built stick is located on the right console and there is a swing-out, adjustable arm rest. The stick is force sensitive and has a throw of only about one-quarter of an inch. The throttles are located on the left console. Both the stick and the throttles are high-use controls during air combat. To support pilot functional requirements, the grips include buttons and switches (that are both shape and texture coded) to control more than 60 different time-critical functions. These buttons are used for controlling the offensive (weapons targeting and release) and defensive systems (although some, like chaff and flares, can operate both automatically and manually) as well as display management.
Originally posted by Mondogiwa
The HOTAS was part of the big news of the day as was the pilt's seat angle.
I cannot remember the angle exactly but it was talked about as being part of the pilot's situational awareness in a dogfight as well as adding to the amount of g's that he/she could take!!
So, did studies ever prove that it helped?
Why is it not in use in the Raptor or F35, Eurofighter, etc...?