You’ve spent years and thou$and$ on your Dream Machine ! Do you imagine flying your Pride and Joy with a Military Style Stick Grip ( from either seat ), or with other attempts at making a stick grip, such as using just a soft bike grip, ski pole handle or dowel rod that you stuck a couple of cheap switches in, which would be labor intensive to make and wire at best, that turn ON ( make contact ) if you bump them 1/200th of an inch ( our Stick Grip switches WILL NOT do this ), and that the only way to mount it is to glue it on ( then always wondering not if, but when, it will come off ) ?!?
Our Military Style Stick Grips (HOS) — that are standard issue in our Infinity 1 Quick Build Kit Sport Aircraft — are a high quality original, similar to the grip used in the F-4 Phantom, F-15 Eagle, A-6 Intruder, Cobra Gunship, Bat Plane, SeaQuest, etc., but is about 0.5″ shorter and a little smaller in girth than the military versions to better fit the average size human hand without a glove, and has 6 individual Switches ( 9 switches total ) controlling 9 to 13 Functions — no other Stick Grip for Sport Aircraft in the world can control this much !
Thousands have already been installed in hundreds of makes and models of aircraft world wide since 1992 ( even a 314 foot custom Yacht, and several 1 and 2 man submarines ! ). FAA certified in the Adam Aircraft, Micco and Eagle FAA certified aircraft. Field approved in Brantly, Bell 206, Hughes 500, Enstrom, Hiller and most other helicopters ( but not the Robininson ), Aero Commander 500 A’s, Mooney’s, Cessna’s, Swifts and in blimps. Standard issue in several of today’s finer Sport Aircraft Kits, such as the Thunder Mustang. Can be seen in the prototype Piper Jet, Viper Jet, Express, Legend, Sherpa, Lionheart, Rutan Boomerang, Maverick Twin Jet, Carter Copter, Adam Aircraft, Eclipse 500 ( and their cockpit demo ), Jim Dunn’s Fuel Cell powered E-Plane, John Sharp’s Nemesis NXT, Dick Rutan’s beautiful red, white and blue Berkut, Wayne Lanza’s Velocity, Jeff Auckland’s Radial Rocket, Brian DeFord’s Blonde Streak, Greg Richtor’s Jet Cozy III, Grant Nicholls’ Jet Long-EZ-RG, Lance Hooley’s Jet Long-EZ, Steve Wright’s StaggerEZ , and many, many others. Also, installed in Wayne Handley’s turbo-prop powered Turbo Raven air show demonstration plane ( see cover story of April ’99 issue of Sport Aviation magazine, page 22 ), in Duane Upton’s Swift of the Swift Magic Team, and in Bill Cherwin and in Gary Donovan’s yellow T-34 of the Lima Lima Flight Team. Can be seen in the Cafe Foundation article about Mark Beduhn’s Cozy MK-IV ( ‘Sport Aviation’ April ’99 issue, page 59 ), in Jean Prudhomme’s Velocity shown in the April ’99 Kitplanes article page 7, and in Bob Warner’s article on page 95 in Sport Aviation’s July ’99 issue, and in many other articles and pictures of aircraft in many magazines. In fact, our Stick Grips are in someone’s featured aircraft, and/or in an ad, in just about every flying magazine these days, whether our Stick Grip is specifically mentioned and/or pictured, or not. Also, installed in military planes such as T-38’s, Mig’s, CJ-6A’s, T-6/SNJ’s, P-51’s, L-39’s, Yaks’s, Marquette’s, and more. Select custom instrument panel manufacturers, such as Lancair Avionics, provide only our Stick Grips as standard issue with all their custom panels. Used in simulators at Edward’s AFB, the FAA in Oklahoma City and the Navy in Texas, Wright Patterson AFB, and Eclipse 500 sims, and by NASA to control their UAV’s ( Unmanned Air Vehicles ) ; sims made in Canada, sims made in Austria, sims made in New Zealand and sims made in Australia. Used in crop dusters and turbine ag planes ; by the US Post Office controlling robot arms to pick up huge mail boxes to put them through GAMA Radiation machines to kill Anthrax after 9/11 ; for SWAT bomb retrieval robots ; used by the Worlds Fastest Female on a motorcycle ; to control electric wheel chairs ; to drive handicapped vans ; Toyota Camry engine assembly line machining ; Ford Motor Company in a futuristic car ; fire trucks to aim and shoot the foam nozzle and operate other accessories ; to drive and control Principia’s Solar Car ; as a shifter in Corvettes, jeeps, Ford F-150, 2005 Mustang, race-modified 2002 Toyota Celica GT-S Supercharged car, and off-road vehicles, controlling CD players, Nitrous Oxide, smoke and various other vehicle systems / functions ; controls the bug pincers in the movie Starship Trooper, can be seen near the beginning of the movie Miami Vice in the Adam 500, 1+40 minutes into the movie Oblivion you can see 2 right hand Stick Grips, Batman has a left Stick Grip in Batman vs Superman, 3 Stick Grips in Fast & Furious 8, Transformers Bumble Bee, and Open World ; Virtual Reality ( VR ) games and simulations ; Aces Flight Simulators that was at the ‘Mall of America’ for 13+ years; used on a Caterpillar Excavator for the Harlem River Tunnel ; and many, many thousands more!
Remember, our Stick Grips are ***NOT*** glued on or held on with just a set screw, but they *clamp* over the top of your stick tube with a screw through your stick tube. See Installation Drawing.
INFINITY Aerospace designed this Stick Grip with safety, comfort, functionality and durability in mind for our Infinity 1, that also fits all aircraft. The anatomical ergonomic design is contoured to the shape of your fingers, and includes a fatigue reducing hand rest at the base. The non-glare black finish is abrasion and impact resistant for long life, yet easily repairable. Stick Grips and Throttle Handles with switches built into them ( both used together are called a HOTAS system ), should be standard issue in ALL aircraft for they greatly reduce pilot workload, increase pilot efficiency, de-clutter the instrument panel, and make flying the aircraft much safer, among other things. But note: OUR Stick Grips also have ergonomically located switches so they cannot be accidentally bumped ( unlike some other stick grips and home computer joy sticks ), yet are still easily reached.
The term “HOTAS” is used in the military and airline worlds, and stands for ‘Hands-On-Throttle and Stick’. Also, JD came up with the terms “HOT” which stands for ‘Hands-On-Throttle‘, and “HOS” which stands for ‘Hands-On-Stick’.
A Few More Definitions:
VDC = Volts Direct Current ; PSI = Pounds per Square Inch ; GPM = Gallons Per Minute ; LPM = Liters Per Minute ; AMP = Amps or Current ; CB = Circuit Breaker ; N.O. = Normally Open ; N.C. = Normally Closed ; S & H = Shipping and Handling ; CA = California
News — EAA Oshkosh 2014 Grand Champion Bill Ford’s Legacy RG has our Stick Grips. PLEASE NOTE: Most all Grand Champion and Award Winning aircraft at an airshow have our Stick Grips.
News — As of May 20th, 2004, our Stick Grips are FAA Certified in the Adam Aircraft A-500 and A-700 ! This is our 4th production aircraft in which to be certified as Standard Equipment.
More News — We now have a threaded bottom for direct War Bird Stick Grip replacement ! It can also be used in ANY aircraft ( LEFT or right hand ) !! Also, we now have a Relay Deck !!!
And More News — Darryl Greenamyer has won the Sport Class Gold at Reno in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2nd place in 2006, in his Lancair Legacy, which has our Stick Grip ! In fact, the first 4 planes had our Stick Grips !! PLEASE NOTE: most of the Reno Sport Class Race Planes are flying with our Stick Grips !!!
And Even More News — May 09, 2011: the Northrup-Grumman Firebird is flying with our Stick Grips ( see time stamp 1:04 ) !!!!
And the News Keeps Coming — you can see our Stick Grips in even more movies — Batman vs Superman, Fast & Furious 8, Transformers Bumble Bee, and Open World !!!!!
The grip saved my plane and most likely my butt to… during an engine out by allowing me to work the flaps, the Electric fuel pump and the starter at a very low level over the trees after a pulse fuel pump failure. With out a doubt the bests 160.00 i have ever spent!!!!!!!!!
THANK YOU FOR TALKING ME INTO THE PURCHASE. I have told every one it was the grip that made the quick save possible. Your companys product has my vote!!!!! THANKS THANKS THANKS!!
Thanks again. Bill. D.W.A.
Gary R. here, and I now have the RH INFINITY grip installed in my RV3A. AWESOME!! Absolutely awesome,,,,,,really. And to think I’ve been FLYING around with a silly old motorcycle (rubber) grip and a temporary (velcro) PTT, when I could’ve had ONE of these FINE pieces of MIL-spec quality, hand filling grips much, much earlier! The wiring diagram was cool too. VERY easy to understand. (even for and electron illiterate like me) The large wire bundle was a challenge, but, finally was overcome and corralled into the handle where it belonged. Thanks for a fine product!
PS: A fair price too! In this world of high-priced “AirCraft” parts and accessories!
Gary (aka AJ)
INDY RVs flyout-director
(you only need one seat)
I ordered at Sun N Fun, they came in yesterday, and they lookk grreat
Marshall J. RV-8 I hope
Stick Grips arrived today.
They look GREAT!!
Even better than I expected.
Thanks again mate
Our Stick Grip has a 1″ diameter hole in the bottom to allow your stick tube to fit 2.125″ up inside it *.gif . A 29/64″ hole is drilled 0.5″ down from the top of your stick tube ( at the proper clock code to ergonomically fit your hand and wrist ) for the Stick Grips lower boss and screw to clamp through, and the Stick Grip halves to clamp over. You DO NOT *ever* glue our Stick Grip to your stick tube!!! NOTE: at Oshkosh 2003, we were told of an RV-8 builder who was killed when his glued on rubber grip he was using as a stick grip in his plane came loose and UP, jamming into the underside of the instrument panel!!! Spacers are available if your aircraft stick tube OD is less than, or greater than, a standard 1″ OD stick tube [ i.e. — to fit Lancair 200’s, 235’s, 320’s, 360’s and older Legacy’s ( newer Legacy’s are now 1″ stick tubes ), use a short 3/4″ spacer ; for Canard’s, Lancair IV’s, Lancair ES and the Nemesis NXT, use a long 3/4″ spacer ; or to fit the Van’s RV-4, 6, 7, 8, & 9, and Harmon Rocket, co-pilots’ — and the Van’s RV-10’s, RV-12’s, RV-14’s, Glasair’s, Glastar’s, F-1 Rocket’s and Expresses pilot AND co-pilot — use a 7/8″ spacer to adapt your aircraft’s stick tube ). For the larger 1.125″, 1.25″, 1.375″ or any size OD stick tubes — such as used in military aircraft, Mig’s, T-38’s, L-39’s, T-34’s, P-51’s, SN-J’s/T-6’s, Yak’s, CJ-6A’s, Marquette’s, Extreme 300’s, and Falco’s, for example — a custom 5″ long spacer will fit inside your larger than 1″ OD stick tubes ID nicely ( see price below, and provide your stick tube ID, if you want us to make it for you ). A simple Stick Grip Installation Drawing is provided with your Stick Grip order ( see “How to Install” *.pdf above ). The Stick Grip splits in half for *very* easy maintenance. Replacement parts can be easily installed by you, and are available by simply contacting INFINITY Aerospace via the Excel order form. NO other Stick Grip in the world has this much versatility at this low of a price !
1. Do I need the co-pilot Stick Grip?
If you can answer YES to *ANY* of the following, then YES, you will need a co-pilot Stick Grip ( also see Switching Command below ) :
* You will soon want to get just as proficient flying your own aircraft from the co-pilot seat as you are in the pilots seat like everyone else does, so you’ll certainly need matching Stick Grips ;
* Most instructors will not fly with you unless they have a matching co-pilot Stick Grip that controls every thing the pilots Stick Grip does so that they can take command from you if/when you screw up ;
* You will be checking out others in your aircraft so they can fly it and will want to give them command with a Stick Grip that has the same functions as the pilots ;
* You will be checking out others to help them get some stick time before they fly their aircraft, so you will want to give them command with a matching Stick Grip that has the same functions as the pilots ;
* You’ll be on a cross country and want your buddy to spell you, so you give them command while you eat your sandwich, or take a picture, or take a nap, or etc. ;
* If there is a problem with the pilots Stick Grip, you just jump over to the co-pilot seat, or reach over and use the switches on the co-pilot Stick Grip ;
* You’ll have a spare Stick Grip and/or parts for the pilots Stick Grip if you get in a pinch ;
* Young Eagles are aviation’s future, so they’ll want a Stick Grip with all the buttons, too. You just don’t arm it using the Co-Pilot Isolate Switch so you can trip the ground wires to isolate the co-pilot Stick Grip. See ‘Pricing’ to buy the switch.
This may help / think of it this way — you’re taking your hotty trophy wife, or girl friend, out to a real swanky place. She’s dressed to kill in a strapless evening gown with the girls popping out and with a full length slit up her right leg ( like Jessica Rabbit ), but she hasn’t shaved her right half of her body for over a year — do you still want to take her out for all to see ?!? Sooo, do you want a Fighter Style Stick Grip for the co-pilot Stick Grip in your Pride and Joy that you’ve spent years building and thou$and$ for all to see, or are you just going to throw a POS over / back there after reading the above ???
So, YES, ALL 2+ seat aircraft should have matching Stick Grips ! Also, the cockpit looks MUCH better to have a matching set of Stick Grips rather than a POS on the co-pilot side, and is a marketing tool if you ever sell your aircraft ( your aircraft will look like a finished product ) !!!
And again, like it says at the beginning of my Stick Grip pages — You’ve spent years and thou$and$ on your dream machine ! Do you imagine flying your Pride and Joy with a Military Style Stick Grip ( from either seat ), or with other attempts at making a stick grip, such as using just a soft bike grip, ski pole handle or dowel rod that you stuck a couple of cheap switches in, which would be labor intensive to make and wire at best, that turn ON ( make contact ) if you bump them 1/200th of an inch ( our Stick Grip switches WILL NOT do this — ONLY ones that won’t! ), and that the only way to mount it is to glue it on ( then always wondering not if, but when, it will come off ) ?!?
2. How do I switch command / control of the Stick Grips between the pilot and the co-pilot?
Some builders ( who are also electronic whizzes ) have designed a little Black Box like the military and airlines have, that controls the functions and priorities of each Stick Grip ( which is VERY cool to have! ). But / Or, for us Electronically Challenged ( like me ), a real simple way is to wire the ( #1 ) 4-Way Switch and the #2 Trigger Switch in parallel with each other in each Stick Grip, and gang all the grounds / commons of switches #3, #4, #5 and #6 together to a Lever Lock Toggle Switch mounted horizontally in the panel for the side-by-side aircraft, or in the left aft console across from the pilot’s left hip for the tandem builders, to isolate the pilot Stick Grip switches from the co-pilot’s switches. If someone is messing with the 4-Way and / or Trigger Switch(es) who shouldn’t be, the side-by-side builders can just reach over and break their passengers arm 😉 . BUT, the tandem builders can’t do this, so they will either wire all the grounds / commons of the 6 switches in the rear seat Stick Grip to the Lever Lock Toggle Switch, disarming all switches in the rear seat at once — or better yet, they will wire the 4-Way and Trigger Switch to a second Lever Lock Toggle Switch in the left console to disarm those 2 switches separately from switches #3, #4, #5 and #6 ( an RV-8 builder told me at Oshkosh 2000 that he calls the 2nd Lever Lock Toggle Switch that disables / disarms his 4-way and Trigger Switches in his co-pilots Stick Grip his ‘Grandson Switch’. ) [ At Sun ‘N Fun 2004, a husband and wife RV-8 flying team said they put both Lever Lock Toggle Switches by the pilots left hip in the console. His wife said that way “when he has his heart attack in the front seat, I (she) can reach the 2 Lever Lock Toggle Switch by the pilot’s ( husband’s ) left hip from the back seat, and take back Stick Grip command, and land the plane.” Good idea ! See ‘Pricing’ to buy the switch.
3. How do I rotate a toggle switch?
Simply take your Stick Grip apart and use a ground down long 5/16″ x 1/4″ drive socket to remove the nut holding the toggle switch in place ( see ‘Pricing’ tab for a dimensioned picture of the socket so you can make your own, or we also have them made up in stock ). Remove the toggle switch, rotate it, and re-install it. Then remount your Stick Grip. See ‘Pricing’ to buy the socket.
4. How do I remove a switch?
The colored cap just snap onto the push-button switch. Pull the cap off using a shop rag and a pair of pliers ( the rag is so that the pliers teeth don’t mark the cap ) and see if the switch works normally, AND check continuity.
If the switch works without the cap, there is nothing wrong with the switch.
When the caps are injected by the mfg., there is a little ‘tit’ where the cap material is injected into the molded, called the ‘Gate’. Sometimes the Gate needs trimmed off. Also, there may be a berm around the perimeter of the cap. So we trim them off.
This very rarely occurs, but if the Gate and / or berm does not get trimmed off enough, they can drag on the walls of the counter-bored hole. By trimming the Gate and / or berm off, and / or scrapping excess paint out of the counter-bored hole with a slim Exacto Knife, the switch will work fine.
But, if you are changing out a switch, follow the above to remove the colored cap. Then simply take your Stick Grip apart and use a ground down long 5/16″ x 1/4″ drive socket to remove the nut holding the push-button switch ( or toggle switch ) in place ( see ‘Pricing’ tab for a dimensioned picture of the socket so you can make your own, or we also have them made up in stock ). Install the new switch, then remount your Stick Grip. See ‘Pricing’ to buy the socket.
5. Is there a trick to mount my Stick Grip onto my stick tube?
Yes. Simply follow the Installation Instructions on the back of your Pictorial Wiring Schematic that came inside your Stick Grip package ; BUT, leave the Red Trigger out until you get your Stick Grip to close nicely on your stick tube. THEN, install the Red Trigger.
Now, if you are having trouble getting your Stick Grip to close on your stick tube, either you are pinching a wire, or your stick tube is lager than 1 inch ( our Stick Grip ID is 1 inch at the bottom, and 0.993″ to 0.998″ ID where the Lower Boss goes through your stick tube per instructions so the Stick Grip clamps snugly onto your stick tube ). Ya see, the problem with 1 inch extruded tubing these days ( since the time when we made our Stick Grip injection mold in ~1992 ), 1 inch extruded tubing is now no longer 1 inch OD! It is +/- 0.015″ in diameter ( just like a 2 x 4 is not really 2″ x 4″ ) !! And if your stick tube is powder coated, your stick tube is way over 1 inch OD, which is the ID of our Stick Grip. You will have to polish the powder coating off your stick tube, and maybe even polish a little of the stick tube metal off, until your stick tube is 1 inch where your stick tube goes up into the bottom of the Stick Grip, and 0.993″ to 0.998″ ID where the stick tube lives inside the Stick Grip around the lower boss area. As always, using a corrosion inhibitor on the bare metal inside and out ( any bare metal, for that matter ) is a good idea. As always, call JD any afternoon after 1330 Pacific Time M-F if you have any questions.
6. Do I need to label the Stick Grip switch functions?
Well, you can’t see the labels while you are maneuvering the plane ( my Navy stick grips were not labeled ), so what’s the point/why bother — you built the plane and well know what they do anyways. When driving you can’t read the buttons on your steering wheel, and the front side of the steering wheel is not even labeled — you just have to remember what they control. But, if you want a reminder or want to show someone you are letting fly your plane the Stick Grip functions, the standard thing to do is to simply label a picture of your Stick Grip functions and print it on the back of your Pocket Check List ( PCL ), then laminate both sides. A few, and even fewer DAR’s, still want the Stick Grip functions labeled? Simply use a label maker with white or gold letters on a black or clear background, then use tweezers to place the labels and NOT your oily fingers, or you’ll have problems with the labels like you did on your models when your were a kid using your fingers. Some have had their Stick Grips laser engraved.
7. Can I run trim inputs from both Stick Grips into 1 trim circuit?
If I run the inputs from TWO Stick Grips into ONE trim circuit — meaning that either the Pilot or Co-Pilot Stick Grip China Hat trim button causes the trim to move ( just connect BOTH “B” from both Stick Grips to C1A+, and “P” pins from both Stick Grips to C1B+, so that either Stick Grip can run the pitch trim ), is that OK? The issue would be that _IF_ the two trim switches were moved opposite — pitch UP on one, and pitch DN on the other, then both C1A+ and C1B+ would be grounded. What happens in that case?”
The Trim Relay Deck has two SPDT relays per axis ( be it a single axis Relay Deck, or the three axis Relay Deck ).
There are then four possible conditions dependent upon the switches:
1) Both inputs ( C1A+ & C1B+ ) are not grounded = both sides of the motor are grounded ;
2) The “A” input is grounded = the motor “A” output will have power, “B” side will remain at ground ;
3) The “B” input is grounded = the motor “B” output will have power, “A” side will remain at ground ;
4) Both inputs are grounded = both sides of the motor will see power.
Condition #4 is concerning to some as is this may seem to cause a short or overload — not the case.
With both sides of a typical two wire motor connected to +V, there will be no current flow as there is
no path to ground. In the case of two Stick Grips wired to control the Relay Deck, if one Stick Grip is pushed for
left trim and the other to right trim, the motor will simply stop. To isolate the co-pilot Stick Grip ( if you are
flying with a “button pusher / Grandson”, simply add our Co-Pilot Isolate Switch that will disconnect the ground to that appropriate Stick Grip(s).
Specs, Data, Prices, and Parts List are subject to change without notice — we ship anywhere in the world !
PLEASE remember, as you read my Stick Grip pages, since there are 65,536+ possible switch combinations, we just don’t have them built up sitting around here on the shelf. So, Please, please, PLEASE allow us some time, for we are VERY busy. We usually take about 2 to 3+ weeks to make up your Custom Stick Grips. But after a major air show ( such as SnF & OSH ), and/or allowing for before and after the holidays, it takes us longer. So, please allow us at least 4, to probably 6, weeks ( just like any other custom items from any other business ) for delivery of your CUSTOM Stick Grip(s) — which are assembled custom per your specifications ( vendors, outside suppliers, air shows, holidays, illness, and vacations do sometimes drive this delivery time, too ). And please know, we will endeavor to get them to you as fast as possible.
Also, after reading the above, there’s no need to then ask us when you’ll receive your custom Stick Grips — the answer above will not change; and there’s no need to call or e-mail us wondering when you’ll get your Stick Grips if 6 weeks hasn’t passed — we won’t respond because I need to cut down on my e-mails :-O .
Thanks Loads for your understanding, business and support 🙂 !
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