The Ergonomic Collective Grip has a unique shape that provides the optimum hand position for long-range comfort, reducing fatigue during flight.  The patent-pending design incorporates additional switches to eliminate hand repositioning or dual seat inputs.

The new Ergonomic Collective Grip enables pilots to fly the aircraft while maintaining control of all electronic switch functions.

Essex developed the Ergonomic Collective Grip for the UH-60 Black Hawk with eight different switches, including a Cursor Slew Switch and HUD Switch, which are not typically available on a collective grip.

The Ergonomic Collective Grip can be modified to fit any rotary platform and is particularly suited to those applications that require a wide range of functionality.  Switches can be changed, as needed, to include uses such as weapon or sensor control.

F-16 Fighting Falcon Sidestick Control Grip


The F-16 Fighting Falcon Sidestick Control Grip is the main pilot/aircraft interface for flight, avionics and armament systems. Manufactured of precision cast aluminum, this grip is resistant to environmental conditions per MIL-STD-810. The stick grip provides a variety of single and multi-function switch assemblies for flight control, autopilot override, nosewheel steering, aerial refueling, display management, air-to-ground weapon release, and a two-stage trigger for air-to air weapons release.


The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Throttle Grip is machined from a high-strength aluminum alloy casting.  It contains a transducer, optical encoder and several single and multi-function switches. In addition to engine power control, these features allow for display cursor control, menu scroll/select, speed brakes, countermeasures, communications and weapons system functions. Along with the stick grip, Essex conducted a comprehensive qualification program for the F-35, including full environmentals, vibration, shock and EMI testing.


The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Sidestick Grip, along with the throttle grip, is the main pilot/aircraft interface for flight, avionics and armament systems. Manufactured from precision cast aluminum, this grip is resistant to environmental and structural conditions per MIL-STD-810. In addition to an adjustable palm rest, the stick grip contains a variety of single and multi-function switch assemblies for pitch/roll trim, display management, aerial refueling, nosewheel steering, autopilot override, weapon select, air-to-ground weapon release, gun and air-to-air weapon release.


The Bradley Fighting Vehicle Control Grips (M2A2 and M2A2-ODS) are manufactured from high-strength aluminum die castings and contain three single-function push button switches for turret control, gun elevation and gunfire, and a two-way toggle switch (ODS) for the laser rangefinder.

Bell 525 Relentless Collective Grip Pedestal


This Collective Grip provides pilot/aircraft interface for flights and avionics on the Bell 525 Relentless helicopter.

VRU Plus Smoke Hood


The VRU+ (Victim Rescue Unit Plus) is a lightweight, self-contained protective breathing device, or smoke hood, for use in emergency egress and escape situations.   The unit takes just seconds to don and provides 360° visibility while supplying aviation grade oxygen to the wearer for up to 60 minutes. The VRU+ smoke hood protects a user’s head and vision from fire and smoke.  The VRU+ also provides protection to a user’s respiratory system from toxic gases, nerve agents like Sarin and choking agents like Mustard gas.

System Application

The performance and versatility of the VRU+ has made it the protective smoke hood of choice for U.S. government agencies, military, law enforcement, homeland defense, first responders, high-rise building occupants and industrial companies both domestically and overseas.

Users of the VRU+ include:

  • U.S. Navy
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. Senate
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • U.S. Customs
  • United Nations General Security Details
  • Washington D.C. Court System
  • U.S. State Government Agencies
  • Canadian Government
  • Australian Government

First responders can also use the VRU+ as an oxygen supply on a conscious or an unconscious individual in a hazardous environment.  By placing the VRU+ on a victim, they can provide a lightweight, breathable air source to assist their escape.

The VRU+ dons quickly in 15 seconds or less.  Its one-size-fits-all design simply slips over the head.  There is no mouthpiece or nose clip to impede communication and the smoke hood allows for corrective or protective eyewear with no restrictions.

The VRU+ smoke hood features a self-contained oxygen supply that completely protects the user in an oxygen-deficient environment.  This differs from a filter mask that must clean poisonous outside air to make it fit to breathe.

At only 2 lbs., the VRU+ is the lightest and most comfortable smoke hood available.  The VRU+ will last up to 60 minutes for an average male, sitting, waiting for rescue.

The VRU+ smoke hood has a maintenance-free 10-1/2 year life span.

Click here to watch a VRU+ Smokehood Inspection and Donning video.