Looks aside, the new flight controls are one of the greatest improvements, says Dougherty. Wingfoot One has fly-by-wire, side-stick controls on both sides of the cockpit, allowing full controllability, easy transition between pilots and a safe way to train the airship pilots who are learning to fly the new model. Previously, the ships were a lot harder to fly, Dougherty says. "We had a wheel next to the pilot in the left seat. It was for elevator control. And then we had rudder pedals that steered the ship left and right, just like the rudder on a boat. We also had the same controls we have now, but they were just toggles on cables, rather than levers."