I have spent far to much of my time learning and playing this sim. This is no game just look at the size of the manuals. It’s a good old Naval Warfare Sim concentrating on the crew positions such as Sonar and Radar. It’s very complicated and demands a lot of reading before it can be tackled in any way. I have had this for years and it’s just been sitting on my shelf after a few attempts at it. Anyway I read an old review i happen to come across and this got me to blow the dust off and have a go. I’m glad I did. I know this is supposed to be Flight Simulation and to justify that you can fly the MH-60 Helicopter. 🙂
This will be far from a comprehensive review just my thoughts and observations on what i have found in the brief time that i have used the Saitek Pro Flight Yoke and Throttle.
I don’t know why but i am always surprised at how big the box is when i get new hardware for Flight Simulation. The Yoke and Throttle was packed well and it all arrived in one piece. Always a good start.
I have to admit i don’t usually read the instructions and indeed i didn’t on this occasion. It’s easy to set up. It took me about 5 to 10 minutes to get the Yolk and Throttle clamped to my desk. The throttle has an option to clamp it in 2 different positions. My first impressions of the whole thing were good. It felt sturdy and it is clamped well to the desk with no movement at all even when i was a little over aggressive turning the Yoke.
I mainly wanted this for flying heavy metal such as the 747 and 737 from PMDG. I was fed up with trying to accurately manual land using my HOTAS Warthog. After doing a few manual lands in the 737 i can confirm that flying using this has helped a lot and it feels great to bank and pitch using a more realistic input mode.The throttle with its 3 levers are smooth and responsive and they have a handy detent about 2 cm from the bottom end which acts as a switch if you so wish. I have this part set as reverse thrust and that is great for when things get busy on the landing with switching off autopilot and trying to stay on center line etc. I have got the middle throttle as engine thrust and the inner and outer set to speedbreak and flaps and works well using fsuip. There are 3 buttons on the bottom of the throttle and i have 2 of these set for cut off switches on the 737 to start engines and the middle button for landing gear. There are lots of buttons on the yoke itself and these are clearly for being set for manual trim. The usual hat switches etc.
The overall set up when used straight out of the box is to sensitive so some fiddling with the sliders in callibration was needed to find the sweet spot but this did’nt take long at all.
I know this is not at the top of the range of the market and i suppose you pay for what you get and for what i have paid, just a little over 100 British Pounds i am more than happy. Great product doesn’t break the bank and is easy to set up.
I took delivery of a new Saitek Pro Flight Yoke System a few days ago but i havent had time to give it a go yet. I did jump into a Cessna and have a quick flight to see if it works and indeed it does. I also used it on one of the legs for The Around The World Challenge Feels good and can’t wait to try it out on the 737.