Active Control Products

A Global Leader of Active Control Technology

Active Control Product Family

Stirling Dynamics' wide range of active simulator products including side sticks, throttles, and pedals


For over three decades, Stirling Dynamics has pioneered active control technology and is proud to hold many industry and technology firsts, which includes supplying the controls for the first ever, fully active fly-by-wire helicopter flight. Today, we supply the active stick and throttles for the new F-35 pilot training simulators and continue to break new ground in cockpit control technology.

Compact Stick
Compact Single Rotary Throttle
Compact Dual Rotary Throttle
Compact Plus Stick
Compact Plus Collective
Compact Plus Pedals
Compact Lite
CH-53K Cyclic
Compact Plus Pedals - New 2023 Model
Single Linear Throttle

What Are Active Controls?

Active controls replace the traditional springs and dampers of a passive control system with motors and gearboxes, which are then commanded by real-time software to provide bespoke feel characteristics as selected by the user. These feel characteristics can be programmed to change dynamically during a simulation or test flight in response to any chosen stimulus.

Active Controls

Active Controls in Action

Stirling Dynamics' simulator active controls are feature-rich and “like-for-like” in terms of realism and fidelity. We are unmatched in both experience and skill in the development and production of active control simulation cockpit sets that are totally immersive and highly effective in training pilots to take control of real aircraft.


Our Products Work Even Better Together


With versatility in mind, all of our active controls are commanded by a dedicated electronics Integrated Control Module (ICM), which provides an ethernet interface allowing minimal integration effort. From a single fixed wing cockpit to dual rotary cockpit configurations, multiple ICM's can be used in collaboration to provide designers with total flexibility.

Fixed Wings Unit

Do You Need a Bespoke Unit?


We are frequently approached by customers to create replica cockpit controls for new concepts or newly designed aircraft. These replicas are often required to match the flightworthy units in every way and our existing simulator product range - which is fully active, compact, and linkable, without mechanical linkages - is the perfect starting point for developing a bespoke cockpit set.

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Stirling Dynamics Bespoke Unit

Active Controls FAQs

Do you have any questions about our active controls products? We have you covered.


"Stirling Dynamics is definitely one of the highest quality engineering companies we have experienced in the field of aerospace and military development."
Sanjoon Park.
Vice President and Head of Aerospace R&D Center. Hanwha Corporation
"Stirling Dynamics provided their considerable experience to our loads group for two of our new aircraft projects. In both projects, they performed a highly-valued service and were very responsive to our needs."
Anthony Linsdell.
Bombardier Aerospace.
"The Stirling team was extremely diligent during the project and solved various challenges in the supply chain caused by the Covid pandemic. "
Christoph Blaha
Vice President, Technical Service. Luxair.
"Stirling reacted to our urgent requirement and provided a great service with good communication throughout."
Gavin Holkham
Design Engineer – Mechanical. FR Aviation Limited trading as Draken Europe.
"When we send work to Stirling, we are always confident that it is in the very best of hands – they continue to exceed our most demanding expectations."
Isaiah Cox
CEO. WheelTug

Latest Work

Replicating the flight seats for Lynx Wildcat Simulators


Explore the intricate process of replicating authentic flight seats for an immersive Lynx Wildcat Simulator >

Design and Development of a State-of-the-Art Motion Cueing System for KAI


Explore the Cutting-Edge Design and Development of KAI's State-of-the-Art Motion Cueing System >

UH-60 and CH-47 Helicopter Active Controls for SGB Enterprises


Discover SGB Enterprises' Innovations in UH-60 and CH-47 Helicopter Active Control Systems >


The F-35 Programme and Stirling Dynamics


Dive into the synergy between Stirling Dynamics and the F-35 Programme >

Developing CH-53K simulator controls for NAVAIR


Discover SGB Enterprises' Innovations in UH-60 and CH-47 Helicopter Active Control Systems >

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