Justin and I have been doing a lot of testing recently that involves timing a vehicle. We typically rely on radio to transmit data like this but lately we have been having terrible luck with radios and other people on mission frequencies.
Using a wristwatch to time something in a cockpit is silly. Whether you do it using no hands and memorizing the time when you started and then doing the math at the end or you use your non-watch hand to start and stop the timer you end up using a lot of valuable cockpit resources. Also for me it always seems like my glove or sleeve are blocking the view of the watch. So I started looking around for a panel mounted timer with a remote trigger switch so that I could be fully HOTAS during the high workload low level test points that were the primary concern.
I found three HOTAS solutions before we settled on the Sport Count.
First the Cadillac solution. There are a lot of really awesome vehicle based timing systems for the motorsport industry. One that impressed me was the GET series of products (Athena GET). These are GPS based timers so after some setup work the timer will work on it's own calculating the times based on position hacks from GPS and user defined track points. Unfortunately the price reflects the awesome, th MD-60 is $360 on Amazon (link).
The second solution is a personal favorite and is not GPS based, the DRC SP-1. It's a split capable timer with a remote trigger switch for handlebar mounting (link), $68 on Amazon. This was what we were going to use until we found the Sport Count.
|DRC SP-1 Handlebar Mounted Timer with remote trigger|
|DIY Solution from Instructables|
|Sport Count Finger Mounted Timer|
Go work on your airplane!!