Getting a Grip

Cockpit ergonomics are a big deal to me – and they are a slippery problem. I spent much of a career helping designers refine designs for man-machine interfaces, and part of the problem we had is that everyone had different opinions of what was “good.” And given the wide variety of people – both in size and shape as well as the way they think – coming up with good solutions was never easy. Continue reading "Getting a Grip"

Tosten’s New MS Grip

Tosten’s new MS stick grip is completely customizable; this one is a left-hand model.
Tosten’s new MS stick grip is completely customizable; this one is a left-hand model.

About a year ago we showed the tooling for Tosten's upcoming stick grip in our grip round-up article, and now it's on the market. This morning we gave the new MS "Military Style" grip a quick squeeze at the Tosten Air Venture booth and are happy to report it feels just as good as expected.

In fact, given this grip's combination of affordability, features and custom outfitting it’s difficult to see the MS not becoming a common part in many cockpits. Tosten’s philosophy for the MS grip is customization. You can "build" a grip on the tostenmfg.com website, selecting from ambidextrous, right or left handed moldings, then select a number of rests, toggles, switches and buttons to dress it with. Continue reading "Tosten’s New MS Grip"

Pioneer Aircraft’s Walnut Control Grips

Pioneer Aircraft introduces its wood control grips finished with super-hard polyurethane gloss. The detailed shape has a palm rise and thumb rest that provide a natural feel for all size hands. Virtually any aircraft that requires a control-stick-style grip may use this product.

Each grip comes completely pre-wired with four switches installed. The switch face is adaptable to nearly all avionics packages, and it is serviceable with a removable switch plate for repairs.

The price of the control grip is $348. The price with PTT only is $259.

For more information, visit www.aircraftcontrolgrips.com, or call 541/788-7203.