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Improved RC Aircraft Transmitter and Control System Design (22 Feb 2004)
Currently, most popular computer game controllers have 3D sticks, so many users are familiar with them. Even Microsoft makes them. Because of this, it is now a good time to move to the 3D stick. We need to introduce one difference from the old 3D sticks to assure consumer acceptance. The new sticks would have the yaw pot in the gimbals assembly and not in a lump at the top of the stick. The stick would then look like any other stick in current use, but you could rotate it on its long axis, operating a pot or optical sensor in its base. This would keep the familiar look, allow a seamless transition from aileron-elevator piloting to aileron-elevator-rudder piloting, and decrease pilot learning time and error rate.
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