SGB and Stirling have been working together since 2014, when they developed the first UH-60M Cockpit Avionics Procedural Tool, which was first showcased at the I/ITSEC 2014 trade show. SGB had developed their Cockpit Academics Procedural Tool-Enhanced with visual and flight control systems (CAPTE-VCS) which has proven to be a highly effective and accurate training tool for start-up, shutdown, on-ground and in-air emergency procedures.
The CAPTE-VCS system is part of the growing trend for more agile, transportable simulators. This creates a unique set of requirements for simulator flight controls, which resulted in SGB selecting Stirling to provide the best solution.
These requirements included a need for high fidelity replication of the aircraft control feel with linked pilot/co-pilot controls; a control set that would support their modular, fixed-base cockpit simulators without adding extra extraneous mechanical linkage; and a reliable product that could withstand tough hangar conditions and provide an easy to use COTS communications interface.
SGB and Stirling have continued in their long-term relationship and at the end of 2016, Stirling announced a new contract with SGB to supply further active controls for their UH-60M and CH-47 helicopter simulators for a number of international customers.