Cockpit & cabin
Ratier-Figeac is a center of excellence for electric flight controls (mini-stick controllers, throttle levers, rudder pedals) and for cabin equipment (door dampers, propeller brakes and rotor brakes).
The company has nearly 30 years of experience in cockpit equipment, which it develops in close collaboration with test pilots and airline pilots. More than 12,000 aircraft worldwide are currently fitted with its equipment. Ratier-Figeac’s experience, new developments and innovation enable the company to offer a comprehensive Pilot/Aircraft interface for all segments of the civil aircraft and military aircraft aeronautical markets.
Ratier-Figeac’s throttle levers and mini-stick controllers equip a large number of Airbus, Bombardier and Dassault cockpits.
The company’s door dampers have clocked up more than 750 million flight hours on Airbus and Embraer fleets, and its propeller and rotor brakes have clocked up more than 13 million braking cycles on ATR, Eurocopter and Agusta Westland aircraft.
The teams are currently developing all of the cockpit equipment for the Comac C919 and Irkut MC-21, as well as door dampers for the Bombardier Cseries.
The side stick is an electromechanical assembly that controls the aircraft in roll and in pitch via aerodynamic surfaces on the wing. A new generation of “active” sticks is used to electrically couple the pilot and copilot sticks, as well as to return control to the pilots based on the flight situation
The throttle lever controls the engine thrust, and thrust inversion. Its modern versions integrate the engine shut-down, rapid go-around, and motorization disconnection functions.
The rudder pedal is the primary flight control that is controlled by foot. It enables the pilot to control the aircraft around its yaw axis. When the pilot presses one of the rudder pedals, the pressure applied is transmitted to the rudder via electric and/or hydraulic flight controls or cable. Upon landing, its function by simultaneously pressing both pedals, enables activation of the landing gear brakes.
They perform two functions:
In normal operation, they serve to dampen the door by a hydraulic part. In an emergency, the pneumatic part opens the door.
The rotor brake’s main function is to stop the rotor after landing the helicopter and shutting down the engines.
The propeller brakes are installed on Pratt & Whitney turboprops. Their main role is to enable the engine to operate at idle, without the propeller rotating, in order to replace the APU (Auxiliary Power Unit).