Reviews and Problems with Saitek Pro Flight Yoke System
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18 January 2014
Summary: I purchased the item in August 2013. The USB connection of the yoke would suddenly be disconnected, without any signs or warnings, 15-30 minutes into use in FSX. I suspected it was a computer and/or FSX issue, so I ignored the problem. The issue persisted for several months. I connected the yoke on a different computer with FSX. The same problem reappeared.
Don't buy if you actually fly in real life. Huge dead zone on the ailerons, and quite some on the elevator.
Filip Miletic, Amazon
5 February 2011
Summary: I bought the yoke with the throttle quadrant in the attempt to set up a home flight simulator system (driven by x-plane 9) to practice maneuvers after actual flight lessons. (I fly a Cessna 172 Skyhawk in real life). I decided for the Saitek yoke as I saw rave reviews on the internet and in retrospect it seems that I haven't researched the problem well enough. It turns out that the yoke has a non-removable 10 degree dead zone either way on the roll axis (i.e.
Pros: Realistic feel, hooks reasonably well on to a table
Cons: The Yoke would not accept extreme turns. Also the fire button broke just a few times after using it. Unfortunately, I was travelling a lot so I didn t get to return it to Newegg (who has excellent customer service). When I contacted Saiteck all I got was voicemail. They never called back. I tried to e-mail their support and again I heard nothing. For the price of the yoke, I had expected better customer service.
Summary: First unit exhibited phantom button selections and was unusable. The Saitek web site was not helpful, and I was told to return unit for replacement by thier tech rep. Return and replacement by Amazon went very smoothly. Good job there. Second Unit had similar problems as well as x and y axis signal spikes that made control impossible. Have returned second unit for refund.
Summary: As an instrument rated private pilot, I have used all versions of Microsoft FS to "practice" instrument flying, including the most current FSX. I have use a joystick for years, but was looking to add a little more realism to my sim experience. What a mistake I made buying the Saitek yoke. It has been a very frustrating several weeks. First of all, looks can be deceiving.
Summary: I owned this yoke for about 5 months and then it just died. I have politely e-mailed and called Saitek daily for a week to have warranty work done but they do not answer calls or e-mails. I will be contacting BBB and FTC about this if I cannot get satisfaction by the end of the week. This is my second Saitek product to die on me in less than a year and so far I cannot return either of them.
Pros: Nice feel, the buttons are placed well, the LCD clock is nice, reasonably low price
Cons: plastic parts are of low quality, electronics are of horrible quality, lack of Saitek customer service
Summary: I really wish this yoke worked and I tried to make that happen with break-in and silicone. It has a really nice layout and feel except for the sticking and random key strokes. If the yoke were as smooth as the pedals I'd be a happy camper. If you buy a yoke, take it out of the package and test it for function. If it hangs up at send it back immediately. Don't make the mistake I did of opening the case because that voids the warranty.
Pros: The size and layout of the yoke is good, buttons and control levers are user-friendly, the stop watch is a nice touch, the chronometer would also be nice if I could make it work.
Cons: The yoke sticks so badly it is impossible to use. I sent a couple of emails to Saitek-recommended support, but no response. I called the support number but a recorded message said they were out for the holiday (Thanksgiving) and this was in February. I also emailed Saitek support directly but again, no response. I bought a set of rudder pedals at the same time and these work fine. I ended up going back to my old yoke which is smooth and reliable. Reviews show that Sai...
Summary: I have 3 words for this yoke, or I mean 3 letters...RMA. I don't know where to begin. First of all is 4:00 am and I have been screwing around with this thing for over 14 hours... urrrg. Yes you guessed it-phantom buttons. After all the warnings from you guys on here, I had to buy it anyway. But you see I thought I was getting a "new fixed" one. But guess what people, the are not. I am a real pilot and I have used CH yoke for years.
Summary: Very horrible product. Recently purchased this yoke and was experiencing phantom key presses like many who have already stated. Exchanged it for a new one and still experiencing the same problem. Apparently Saitek has no intentions on fixing the problem.
Summary: I do not recommend this product. Many people are having problems with random button presses. This makes the product unusable. I would be flying in MS Flightsim and all of a sudden, my landing gear could drop without warning, flaps move, etc. I sent the product back after being told to do so by Saitek support. As soon as I unplugged this product and went back to my old stick, the problem went away.