Suggestions to Preston Briggs
This site was last updated on February 15, 2008.
This handle, available from
allows easy neutral adjustment, even in flight. You'll need to
inspect the cables regularly and replace the handle when they begin to
This handle, inspired by Pat Willcox, has direct connections between the lines and the handle (no cables to flex) while still allowing neutral adjustment in flight. It's probably too big though, making it oversensitive.
Here's Pat's 1/2A handle and some construction details. By running the lines out between his fingers, he get a very small deflection, suitable for controlling hypersensitive 1/2A planes.
This handle was seen at the 2001 World Champs. Looks like it has direct connections and is adjustable with a set screw.
This handle, available from GRS Models, looks similar to the Mejzlik handle, with the addition of a hole for attaching a wrist strap.
These were photographed at the recent Bladder Grabber, so ought to be a representative selection of the current state-of-the-art for AMA Fast combat.
For something completely different, consider Steve Stewart's handle, shown in the next three pictures.
He wears it like a cuff, holding the grip across the middle horizontal, with the "up" line coming out above his hand and the "down" line coming out from the palm.
Flying level, he holds his fist out, palm down, leading with his thumb (he's right handed). Flying inverted, he turns his hand over, palm up, and continues to lead with his thumb.
The nut in the middle is used for neutral adjustment. His safety thong hooks onto the clip in the center of the handle.