Reviews and Problems with Saitek Pro Flight Yoke System
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Not too bad.
25 August 2013
Summary: Very noisy inputs literally (about) 5 out of 6 times. Every 6th time (give or take) I plug it in, the inputs are perfectly silent. The play at the center of the joystick is too much. Rotation on any axis is not smooth unless in unusual positions. Transitioning from left to right yoke, and forward to reverse yoke is not smooth at all.
Summary: If you are buying it, I would seriously consider upgrading to their newer Cessna yoke. Its about $50 more than the normal price of this one ($75 compared to the Newegg price ;) ) but it is made of better material and (more importantly) it has a 1:1 scale so it can turn 90 degrees in each direction. If you cannot afford the upgrade, I would definitely buy this one. When paired with rudder pedals it is a great addition to any flight simulator setup.
Pros: It is a pretty good yoke, and the yoke itself will last a long time (going on 4 years, no problems). Combining it with their rudder pedals, it makes for some excellent simming. Plenty of programmable buttons and reverse thrust on the throttles (programmed as a button) is a nice feature, though it could have been better implemented. It has a clock/stopwatch on the front which is very convenient for non-radar position reports and logging times for a VA.
Cons: After a few years, the throttle quad will stop working. It has happened twice to me (first time was my fault) and Saitek took FOREVER to replace it both times, but it was free of charge (even though the 2nd time it was out of warranty). Also, the yoke only turns 45 degrees in each direction, which is kind of a drawback when you're used to real aircraft. I wish there was a way to set the clock on it to zulu without setting at your computer time, but it wasn't a big dea...
Summary: If you read some of these reviews for this product, you'll learn that you may just get one that has the phantom button. I just got mine a month ago and sure enough, its was a phantom button issue, however... Just install the current drivers, (don't have to if you don't want to) - but don't install the program for button profiles. and set the yoke to "mode 3" - this mode has no phantom presses, however Mode 1 & 2 Do.
Summary: Wish yoke had an adjustable resistance knob. Saitek should make this a little more sturdy to feel a little more real. Overall it's an amazing product. I have all the additions that the pro flight series have and the plug and play features are amazing.
Pros: This pro flight system adds a lot of control to a flight simulator. Very responsive and easy to map. Costumer service is actually very great, I get a CSA in like a minute. Also a CSA gave me permission to open the yoke to lube the gears without voiding my warranty. I have had this system for over a year and nothing has gone wrong with it yet. The mounts are sturdy and the shaft is stainless steel. On the back there is a USB hub with 2 outlets AND and a power for power...
Cons: This in no way adds realism to a simulator. The yoke is wayyyy to easy to move and the shaft does have some play in it. No adjustable resistance like on their foot rudders and the yoke feels like a toy.
Summary: i could by this one again if neccesary, it adds more realism to flightsim, just beeing carefull not to pull things around too hard cause is not made out of steel like in real planes, but averall is a reasonable pc of equip to add to your controls.
Pros: Well Built, plasticly but shaft is metal, calibration is ok under win7/64, works good, all buttons responsive and easy to assign on fsx.
Cons: centering sometimes mess up as deadspot on shaft sometimes goes up or down and u have to regain control by pulling/pushing even if u have trim ur pitch, mode selector is useless cause u have to do all assigments via FSX cotrol configuration. preset for fsx do not work very good on windows 7/64bit be aware. do your own control assigments in FSX ...lack of programming support from saitek is a major dissapopintment .. i guess they made them to work once for prior MSFS an...
Summary: Purchased the yoke, additional throttle and pedals. Pitch axis is a touch too tight, but other than that, very study and well constructed piece of hardware. The clock makes timed approaches and holds eaiser, and the fluid movement of the pitch/roll axis make hand flying approaches a lot of fun. However.. The unit I recieved is experiencing the same phantom key presses that others have reported.
Summary: Well I just did some research on this yoke and discovered that Sietek has resolved the phantom keystroke issue. New replacement units are shipping to all US distributers. If you happen to have a defective unit, per a post on Sietek's forum, owners are to call 310-972-9930 for return/replacement instructions. I am going to order one myself but am not sure if Amozon has the new units yet.
Summary: Installed really easily, though you do have to install the MS .NET software for the SST software to work. No problem, just a chore it took ages to download and install. The throttle quadrant is included, but it uses a special connector (like the round PC keyboard type) to connect to the Yoke. 95% certain it's a USB device though.
Summary: I have a Vista SP1 Home Premium 64bit INtel i7 gaming system. When I plugged the flight yoke into the USB port in the front of my tower, Vista detected it with absolutely no problems. Both the flight yoke and the three-lever throttle were detected and operational for Flight Simulator X (Deluxe Edition DVD). Vista detected it and loaded the drivers instantly. The calibration was a snap.