Review of Saitek Pro Flight Yoke System

I’ve just posted a review of the new Saitek Pro Flight Yoke System and Pro Flight Throttle Quadrant on my Web site.

I have long argued that an elaborate set of flight controls and other accessories isn’t necessary to make effective use of PC-based flight simulations. Flying is mostly a head game, not an exercise of finely-honed motor skills.

But if you’re the type of pilot—virtual or otherwise—who can’t suspend disbelief and get into the game without at least a simulacrum of a conventional yoke and engine controls, until recently you’ve had only one inexpensive choice, the CH Products Flight Sim Yoke. (Companies like Precision Flight Controls make yokes that resemble real airplane hardware, but prices for those accessories start at real airplane-part prices—around $500.)

If you’re interested in virtual aviation or using Flight Simulator as a training aid, check it out.

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