Airplane Controls for Armless Pilots

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Rightfooted Foundation
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Jessica Cox is a graduate of the University of Arizona and the world's first armless pilot. She initially trained in and currently flies an Ercoupe. This airplane does not have rudder pedals. This allows Jessica to control the airplane and work the radios/navigation equipment with her feet. Jessica and her husband are currently working on building a Van's RV10, a larger, 4-seat airplane that is faster and more capable than an Ercoupe. This plane necessitates the use of rudder pedals for yaw control. The purpose of the this project is to design and build a control system for a Van's RV10 that can be used without arms and allows for 6-axis control of the airplane while allowing Jessica to control the navigation aids and radios.

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