Reviews and Problems with Saitek Pro Flight Yoke System
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Saitek Pro flight yoke
14 May 2013
Summary: This yoke does have some good features but also has issues as well. It is affordable and easy to set up. It does however have a problem with the pitch axis. It is sticky making precise movements difficult if not impossible. Roll axis also sticks when moving from center position. The throttle quadrant work very well and has not had any problems so far. I have not tried any other brands as of now, I plan to as I am disappointed in this yoke.
Summary: The throttle quadrant is perect I love the rocker switches and the detents noticible when bringing into reverse feather or activating thrust revesers. The yoke is unnecessarly bulky and has a poor range of motion. The yoke moves 4 inches in and out and only 45 degrees left or right, compared to a real yoke which offers upwards of a foot of movement in and out and 90 degrees left or right.
Summary: I suppose it's the best available for the price. Besides the much lauded metal shaft with bearings, I was surprised at how cheaply constructed this product is. It feels very fragile, like you could crack the thin plastic with little force. The throttle quad is also quite insubstantial, giving the impression that they could easily snap off. I guess I'm just used to racing on my G25, a very high quality peripheral.
Summary: I bought this Yoke/throttle for essentially one reason -- sharpening my instrument flying skills at home. Specifically, I was looking for a yoke that actually feels like a real small plane. What do I mean by this? Well, I don't mean the appearance or the ergonomics, which seem to be as good as you can get in this price range. What I mean is the spring force in the yoke mechanism. The actual *feel*.
Summary: I really wish this were a more comfortable peripheral. It's a total hassle to configure, and more of a hassle to use.
Pros: Looks great. Lots of buttons. Throttle Quadrant performs very well
Cons: The yoke itself is difficult to manage. The centering detents on the shaft require more force than comfortable to overcome, leading to oversteering around the center point. Constantly wrestling with it to try and make small adjustments in flight is nearly impossible. It wears me out and makes it very hard to fly, especially considering you don't have a full range of travel compared to a real aircraft yoke, so wasting the precious inches trying to find your way out of ...
Great .. BUT ... Recent model still has phantom behavior
14 August 2009
Summary: I have a newer model, which I confirmed with Saitek support. Curiously, I still have the "phantom key" issue but just for the hat switch views. Support said it could not be the older "hardware related" phantom issue, but was likely a loose or crushed wire inside the yoke. I'm sorry but this is still unacceptable. These are basic quality issues. It amazes me that they can invest so much time into designing such a wonderful and realistic yoke ...
Summary: I was very hesitate about ordering this yoke after reading all of the Amazon reviews pertaining to Phantom inputs (gear up, view cycles, etc). Until now I've always used CH yokes. I did experience the phantom key inputs... I was able to solve it. Read on. First Impressions: I was surprised by the construction of the Saitek yoke. Everything is contained in the yoke enclosure - very solid. The top is flat and has enough area to sit a keyboard, mouse or even laptop.