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Absolutely superb in almost every way, yet frustratingly and so, so disappointingly, atrocious for accurate input.
on 7 June 2016
I am returning this product. I hate to do it because I absolutely love it in almost every regard and in almost every detail, but it's just unusable for accurate flying/aiming.
I've been a pilot for 12 years and this is the only flight stick I've used that comes anywhere near to the feel of a real cyclic. The metal finish looks and feels aircraft quality and the buttons are the first that have the really solid quality feel you get in multi-million euro aircraft. It's is so much better in look and feel than my previous HOTAS stick, the X52. The solid, consistent spring force coupled to the weight of the stick and it's base make this feel superb, and like it will be really precise. It is however anything but. The reason is 'stiction'. Simply put; the static friction in the axis is much, much greater than the dynamic friction which results in jerky motion and makes accurate input impossible. It will make even the most skilled pilot feel like a clumsy mess.
The weight and solidness of the throttle base combined with the smooth motion of the throttles gives a beautifully crisp and solid feel, especially with the friction turned up. The buttons and switches on the throttles themselves are as good as anything else I've used, even if they don't feel just as good as the stick's buttons and switches. The base's switches feel like they come from real aircraft parts, -very firm action and a very satisfying click, although they are very A-10 specific. The two spring loaded 3-way switches have a particularly satisfying feel.
This is the best joystick/throttle ever produced in almost every way, but the one place where it is extremely poor is the single most important aspect of any joystick(I can actually fly much more accurately on my laptop trackpad!!). This will make your flying very clumsy, and if you don't realise that it's the stick fault you may in turn think you're less skilled than you are or that the sim/game is too hard. This is such a disappointment that unfortunately ruins an otherwise exceptional product.