trijetfan1
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Is The Joystick Really Worth Buying?

Wed Nov 17, 2004 7:19 am

Is a joystick for FS9 really worth buying, and how much does the flight controls improve? What are some good ones to buy/stay away from and what is a realistic price range?
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BritPilot777
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RE: Is The Joystick Really Worth Buying?

Wed Nov 17, 2004 7:33 am

Hey,

Are you currently using the keyboard for FS9? If so then you really should consider investing in a joystick, or a Yoke and Pedal set from someone like CH Products.

I have the Microsoft Sidewinder Joystick, Used that for a long time and its not to bad at all, pretty good in fact. You can change the buttons to control all primary flight controls also has a single throttle lever.

Also have the yoke from CH, but unless you have the pedals as well, its kinda a weird feeling, using a yoke and your feet not being on pedals. The Yoke itself is pretty good, 3 levers, so you could configure the first two for Engine 1 / 2 and one for mixture. Also you can control the flaps and undercarriage using it.

Hope This Helps!

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ZKSUJ
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RE: Is The Joystick Really Worth Buying?

Wed Nov 17, 2004 10:33 am

Yes it is. I have a basic joystick and all I can say is that I will never use the keyboard again. Go get one, it makes a huge difference for the better of the game.
 
subzero
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RE: Is The Joystick Really Worth Buying?

Wed Nov 17, 2004 10:55 am

I love my CH Products flight yoke... at work (hope my boss isn't reading this!) I use a MS force feedback joystick. I find it unenjoyable to use the keyboard anymore, although I can if required...

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RE: Is The Joystick Really Worth Buying?

Thu Nov 18, 2004 2:30 am

I use a wireless 2.4 Ghz Joystick from Logitech, and love it.
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RE: Is The Joystick Really Worth Buying?

Thu Nov 18, 2004 2:34 am

"... at work (hope my boss isn't reading this!) I use a MS force feedback joystick."
How do you manage to use a joystick at work without your boss seeing it?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

At home I have a rather simple yoke with sufficient buttons and a throttle, but I can´t calibrate it correctly, so it´s no fun flying with it. I´m shopping around for a good CH yoke though.
 
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RE: Is The Joystick Really Worth Buying?

Thu Nov 18, 2004 3:58 am

Dude your crazy, buy some sort of control ASAP!
 
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RE: Is The Joystick Really Worth Buying?

Thu Nov 18, 2004 10:04 pm


Playing flight sim without a joystick is like trying to drive a car without a steering wheel. Joysticks are pretty cheap these days, and it is only 37 sleeps till Christmas Big grin , so start dropping hints with the family!!!!
 
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RE: Is The Joystick Really Worth Buying?

Thu Nov 18, 2004 11:00 pm

Totally agree with B727-200 - flying with the keyboard, forget it! I have the Saitek Cyborg Evo which has throttle lever, hat switch, rudder twist and extra buttons for trim etc as well as the basic stick. Even better is to get the CH yoke and rudder pedals, although I haven't yet invested in them.
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RE: Is The Joystick Really Worth Buying?

Fri Nov 19, 2004 3:10 am

Even hat-switch and throttle joysticks, hardly cost anything any more. I'd highly recommend the Microsoft Sidewinder force feedback pro 2, its USB, requires no extra drivers and is highly compatible. Or the one the is cordless, it sounds nice, tho I've never used it.
 
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RE: Is The Joystick Really Worth Buying?

Fri Nov 19, 2004 4:51 am

Please don't tell me you are using FS9 without a joystick.
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subzero
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RE: Is The Joystick Really Worth Buying?

Fri Nov 19, 2004 9:49 am

"... at work (hope my boss isn't reading this!) I use a MS force feedback joystick."
How do you manage to use a joystick at work without your boss seeing it?

Well the joystick is his old one that came when I inherited his desk (He moved offices) so he knows it's there he just don't think I use it...
 
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RE: Is The Joystick Really Worth Buying?

Sat Nov 20, 2004 2:02 am

Yes you NEED! a joystick or yoke. I reccomend the Satik 45. Not sure how to spell the company. It comes with a Nice joystick with easy to program buttons. Lots of them. And a awesome throttle with even more buttons. Or just get a simple microsoft yoke.
I now have the Joystick with the throttle SO most of the time unless flying some Airbuses helos fighters or a few planes that have sticks I use the yoke with the rudder pedals I have. CH Products makes some good yokes and peddals. I highly reccomend them!
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