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What to Look For When Getting a Flight Simulator Yoke

May 09, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 126

Several years ago, the flight simulator yoke was not what's used to control an aircraft for flight simulation but a keyboard. While it provided fun, it could be frustrating to make sure you find the right keys to control the plane and make it function accordingly. It was quite a challenge for beginners who had to master the keyboard controls first before they could enjoy "flying".

Then the joysticks took over the keyboard and control became better. Controlling the throttle, elevators, pitch and ailerons became more realistic. Today however, the experience is by far better with playing inside your "cockpit at home".

To make sure there are no loopholes in your flying experience, here are the things you need to look for when getting a flight simulator yoke.

Compatibility

  • Check to see that the aircraft you own or plan to buy can be controlled by a yoke. There are jets and aerobatic planes that are joystick-controlled and may not be compatible with a yoke.
  • Make sure that using a USB flight sim yoke to control the plane may be used in your flight simulator software.
  • Your flight simulation program and gaming console specifications have to match that of the yoke.
  • Because yokes bring out the best performance of certain aircraft, take the type of plane you wish to use a flight simulator yoke into consideration. Planes that are given realistic elevator and aileron controls include:

- P-51 and P-16 fighter planes - Piper Club - Extra 300 - Boeing 737

Type of Programmable Controls

Because what you are after is a more realistic aircraft flying experience, you might want to look for something that offers a wider range of programmable controls. This is through control manager software which allows you to program an up to 5 control axes and 20 buttons and switches. With more control on different vital functions, you can enjoy over a hundred switching functions including 2 bi-directional flip, 2 bi-directional rocker switches with a flight simulator yoke.

Easy Installation

When getting a yoke, look for those that don't require complicated installation that will work well on your Mac or other operating system. Ensure that when you position the yoke, you are can be provided comfort and ease of access. There is a yoke that has a 7-foot USB cord to provide this. Also, check your available space at home so that you there will be no constricting your movements.

Durability and Stability

When looking for a yoke, find one that is made of durable materials that will provide years of fun and enjoyment. It has to have a solid, sturdy base to it stays firmly in place as you have fun playing.Check out models that come with a warranty of at least two years.

If you must command the skies inside your cockpit at home, choose the flight simulator yoke that gives you the closest thing to reality but fits your budget whatever the flying style you choose. While the yoke is not the real thing, it is the closest thing that replicates real controls and will definitely hone your flying skills.

Adrian Fields enjoys helping people understand the benefits of popular and useful products, such as Flight Simulator. Learn more about selecting the right one, and why you should consider having a Flight Simulator Yoke.

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