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Even Boeing Has A Side-Stick Transporter

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I had to post this picture of the interior of a Boeing C17 transport plane. I get tired of hearing how Airbus is wrong in using these and Boeing is right by sticking to the tried and true Yolk. However, their C17, which is used by the US Air Force, the RAF, and numerous others use the side stick. I know I will generate numerous down votes - but think of this. When these military guys flying C17's retire or separate - what will they be hired to fly? Given their multi-engine experience with a… (www.pope.af.mil) 更多...

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preacher1
preacher1 4
Well, I'll be the spelling cop this morning. The word is YOKE, not YOLK. YOLK is the center of an egg as in egg yolk. That said, never having flown a side stick of any type, my biggest concern, I think, would be a right handed guy trying to fly left handed. A yoke can be handled by either hand.
canuck44
canuck44 5
LOL...I need to point out that a yoke is also a tie up, normally a wooden beam, between two stubborn animals as in oxen...or pilots.
preacher1
preacher1 4
Smart aleck.
linbb
linbb 1
Seems that the lack of connection between side sticks was some of the problems encounters during an upset of the AC as in neither one knowing what the other was doing.
preacher1
preacher1 1
I think it showed up bad on AF447. IDK if that ever was corrected by Airbus or not.
linbb
linbb 1
I found with a yoke that trying to fly right handed was the problem or the one perceived but I think could be overcome in a short while. A stick on the other hand there was no transition between hands for either that or the throttle.
ssheiko
The C-17 was developed by McDonnell Douglas, not by Boeing. It became a Boeing product by virtue of the MD acquisition in 1997.
boeingfixer
Considering that the C-17 has a center control stick and not a side stick controller like the story alludes to says a lot about the intent of the story. Poor attempt at Boeing bashing. Especially since the C-17 was originally a McDonnell Douglas developed aircraft.

Matt, do your homework before setting out to troll.
dmohr1
dmohr1 3
There is a direct pipeline of C17 guys to the airlines. The sidestick is not even a remote issue. As someone who has flown a side stick A320 and now a Boeing 737, I can tell you the transition is seamless. Also, as a righthanded guy, flying a side stick with my left hand is no issue. When in the left seat of a cockpit, we all fly yokes with our left hands because our right hands are controlling throttles, pushing buttons, etc. So there really is no difference. The worst part of Boeing's yoke... it eliminates a ton of room for my lunch, doing paperwork, etc. I miss my Airbus tray table.
preacher1
preacher1 3
Never thought about it that way, as far as the right/left hand goes.. LOL. I'm retired, typed on 707, 757, and 767 as well as a host of RJ stuff. All that had yoke and there'll be no opportunity for the other.
preacher1
preacher1 1
Curious. Did Airbus ever link the sidesticks after AF447?
dmohr1
dmohr1 1
I don't think they did. I believe the new A350 is still separated.
FlyingSubaru84
I read this and then I immidietly want to stab my self in the eyes,
you sir, are a MORON, you can see that its smack in the middle, left leg on the left side, and the right leg on the right side of said Stick, Please stop posting this crap, go back to flying Rc airplanes on your ipad,
Quidnon
Quidnon 1
C17 isn't a side stick. Its a joystick. Still right there between your legs. Not that its tremendously different but I always liked a joystick better than a sidestick. See link for better photo: http://images.defensetech.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/cockpit_view1-490x351.jpg
preacher1
preacher1 1
That is interesting as it directly contradicts Matt's story here. That said, does that joystick just replace the yoke or is it perma mounted and take place of stick/yoke both.
Quidnon
Quidnon 1
Preach Im not entirely sure what you are asking. The joystick between your legs is in place of a yoke, its the only flight control. The thing that looks sorta like a side stick where it would be if it was an airbus is just a light.
preacher1
preacher1 1
Don't worry about it. I'm not sure what I'm asking either. We had the grandkids last nite and I am outa here. I'm gonna take a nap. LOL
preacher1
preacher1 1
I guess what I'm saying or asking is does it function just like a sidestick, other than being in the center. I assume it does.
FlyingSubaru84
No it doesn't work like a sidestick, it works like a steering wheel
preacher1
preacher1 1
10-4, TKS, just curious
FlyingSubaru84
I'm kidding by the way, my take on the yoke or stick is this, the less shit you need to be fiddling with as in buttons, switches and all that the more likely your going to use a yoke, a stick, is for one hand operations, thus letting you manipulate said switch and buttons
preacher1
preacher1 1
I guess what I'm asking, does it have the total up/down function of stick/yoke; i.e. does it just allow side-side turns or is that stick perma-mounted and you have up-down as well. Does that make any sense

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