Sidestick or Yoke?

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YOKE

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DO YOU PREFER THE SIDESTICK OR YOKE?

Personally I prefer the yoke,mainly because most aircraft use it,plus it doesn’t feel like you’re playing a 90’s video game on an Atari.

  • SIDESTICK
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AND ALWAYS REMEMBER
You don’t control an airplane with your hands and feet,you control it with your heart.
Tell me your opinions down below!

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YOKE

With the Yoke I personally feel like you have more control of the plane. It’s like driving a car but in the air, you got your steering wheel, in this case the Yoke in front of you for precision landing. It also gives off this retro feeling of which has nothing to do with safetyby any means but most veteran pilots are used this setup. I also believe you’re able to maneuver the plane with more control this way by using the Yoke.


SIDESTICK

The sidestick is I think you are a bit more free. You’ll from what I think and feel have easier time turning the plane around, you’ll have free space in front of you which could give a better viewing possiblity and space for papers and documents. Ultimately the sidestick although very robust and won’t break feels like it could but also gives off this freedom vibe that you’re not stuck behind a Yoke all day long. The sidestick also looks very modern and easy to use, a very small and simple thing to handle. With an easy thumb press on the red Autopilot button to engage/disengage.


Final Review?

In the end both are great in their own way, they both have pros and cons like anything else in this world, so it’s up you, what you personally are more comfortable with using.

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I need a bit of both, I like the size of the Sidestick, but you can’t feel your copilots input, I think a bit of both is needed, like a Haptic feedback or something

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I feel the yoke is nice to “handle” the aircraft, but the sidestick is easy for landing as you need to have one hand on throttles and one on yoke, the one hand on one side can make the yoke seen off balance which is where the sidestick is dominant.
Also I feel the sidestick is very sensitive, watch any video and it barely moves.
For me they’re tied but I’m a boeing or I aint going type guy so yoke for me

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A really bad thing of the yoke is that when you are stalling, the yoke vibrates a lot a, so amost can control the aircraft

When playing a simulator, I rather use a yoke, when flying a real plane I have no real choice, my glider has a stick but it’s a completely different thing, I actually can’t imagine flying a glider with a yoke. :D

100% depends on the plane. In a plane you want to maneuver quickly, a stick is best. If we’re talking Airbus vs. Boeing, the stick is useful because it saves a lot of space. The yoke I think is easier to use for precise movements if it’s worth the trade off of cockpit space.

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Eh, it’s kinda all the same. I haven’t flown a sidestick, but our DA40 has a center joystick. It’s a bit different at first, if you’re used to a yoke, but ultimately you’re focused on flying the airplane so the strangeness disappears pretty quickly.

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I’m an airbus guy but I have to go with the yoke. I just feel like you have more control of the aircraft when using the yoke. Based on YouTube videos though some pilots do prefer the yoke.

P.s lol I did not mean to reply to your comment I actually meant to reply in the actual post but I do agree with you though 😂😀

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Personally, I prefer the yoke, it feels like I have a lot more control, It also feels like I’m actually flying, not playing a game like the side-stick makes me feel.

I need a yoke. I feel I have less control with a sidestick. To me a sidestick feels of center since it’s to your right or left rather than in front of you.

Personally I prefer the yoke. I feel like I have more control of the aircraft than just with a sidestick. It also somewhat a mimics a car’s wheel, hence I’d imagine it would be much easier to adjust to a yoke compared to a sidestick. Also, some people pointed out that you can’t see what your other pilot’s control input is, which I feel is quite important, especially in rare emergencies where this would help (me) to bring the aircraft in control. Not that I’m a pilot, however.

However, there are obviously benefits to a sidestick than a yoke. For example, there is more working space, with a table which can be pulled out. I’d feel that the space would be quite beneficial in pre-flight and post-flight stages.

But you can’t judge a book by its cover - I think in order to make a fair comparison you should get some flying time behind both the yoke and the sidestick. I think it all comes down to personal preference.

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In the A300 & A310, Airbus used yokes as they didn’t have the technology for sidesticks.


Yokes are my favorite as it doesn’t matter if you are right handed or left handed. It also feels a bit more safe to fly. (In my opinion.)

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I would prefer the side stick because it’s more convenient and the yoke is quite stiff

Yikes, I didn’t know you preferred Yokes, maybe 😜

But Yikes I like both, a little bit of diversity in using them both, switching back forth every now and then. Although I cast my vote for Yik… Yokes ;)

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I’ve used this example before. I feel that the yoke is similar to driving a manual car; it feels like you have more control. The sidekick is similar to driving an automatic car; more smooth. I personally enjoy the yoke.

Haha you got me. I’ll change it. ;)

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I like Yoke Because It Is Easy To Use And It Has A Better Grip Than A Side stick

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I’ve felt both a yoke (737) and Sidestick (A320) and I personally much prefer the Airbus sidestick for the grip and feel.

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Have never tried a sidestick but I have flown with a yoke. From what I know about the A320 sidestick, I’d definitely prefer a yoke as there’s artificial feedback and because the 2 yokes are equally yoked lol (mechanically linked).

That said, there’s active sidestick technology thats making its debut in aviation and I believe the
F-35 and some of the gulfstream jets already feature active sidesticks. This technology uses force feedback mechanisms to provide artificial feedback to the pilot. Additionally, electronic motors move both side sticks in unison, allowing the control system to act similar to a mechanically linked set of flight controls.

I’m interested to see how active sidestick technology evolves.

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