Linear Throttle is the name under which are grouped the new linear throttle family that Realsimulator has released. All they are made up of a common item, the linear base (RS-35-LTB) that is customized with the grip of chosen aircraft. Two grip models are already available: the F-35 grip (RS-35-TG) and the F-16 grip (RS-16-TG).
As all Realsimulator products, it comes in two lines, professional and home.
Professional version uses its own software, military switches and sensors, and customs sockets and connectors under client specifications.
Home version is designed to be used only in home environment and is not meant for professional or commercial usage.
Below we will inform you about the more important product characteristics. We are sure that when you finish reading it, you will agree with us that it is the best throttle on the market.
The RS-35-LTB (Linear Throttle Base) has a travel of 9” which gives to the user a finer engine control and therefore, simplified control of the aircraft during demanding phases of flight such as air to air refueling, formation flying and approach and landing.
The base box is manufactured in a CNC machining center on solid aluminum blocks to guarantee the dimensions, flatness and the necessary precision for a linear guide system in addition to offering a wonderful aesthetic appearance.
In order to take advantage of the 9 inches distance, we have included 5 stainless steel detent positions which can be mechanically removed or reinserted without the need to open the throttle casing because they are accessible from the bottom side. These stops have been designed to last through the life of the throttle but in the event they become damaged can also be easily replaced.
The prominence of the detents can be easily adjusted to allow our users to set the throttle up for the type of aircraft you enjoy flying. The detents are located in the following positions:
- 11% Idle
- 49% MIL (Hover START)
- 74% MIL (Hover END)
- 80% Afterburner
- 95% Emergency
The main motion sensor is a high linearity wound industrial potentiometer similar to those used in professional throttles used by the USAF. In case of premature failure it is easy to replace by the user and being a standard industrial product, supply of replacement parts is also assured.
The smoothness of movement is guaranteed by the use of linear guides and recirculating ball skids, such as those used in machine tools. To protect the groove and transmit the movement to the sensor, a synchronous band with a steel core is used. It features a steel element that acts as an intermediate anchor between the movement base and the grip, which in turn includes the grip tie-down points and the electrical connection with it.
All the internal electrical connections from the grip flow through a guide channel to guarantee the durability of the cabling. The motherboard has two USB connectors, one at each end of the box, to allow its use with both front and rear connection. Only one of them should be used: the one that best suits the needs of the installation. This connection will be used to upgrade the base or grip in case of installing new firmware.
Finally in the top side of the box we can find a potentiometer with central detent and push-button, a two-position switch with guard for generic use and a three-position switch for engine idle/shutoff/asymmetry control or generic use, which can be configured independently in each of the 8 profile slots available to RS stick grip owners via the rotary under the trim hat switch.
The connection between base and grip is made through a metal adapter that is fixed to the base by screws to ensure the rigidity of the whole and inside it houses a custom pogo pin connector.
In summary, the RS-35-LTB switches and sensors map is the next:
- 1 high linearity wound potentiometer
- 1 potentiometer with central detent and push button
- 1 two positions toggle switch with guard (B-T1)
- B-T1 – Cut-off master switch.
- 1 three positions toggle switch (B-T2)
- B-T2 – Generic usage/Special engine functions.
RS-35-LTB a throttle base for different aircrafts
From the first moment in which we started to design this throttle, we have had as our main objective to make a quality and durable product; obviously, a product like this would be wasted if it could only be used for a specific aircraft. That is why we have built a modular system that allows an easy grip exchange and that will allow the connection of different grip models.
Currently there are two grips available: the F-35 grip (RS-35-TG) and the F-16 grip (RS-16-TG), although the first one has not yet started to be manufactured.