The 4 way view hat
switch lets you view around the aircraft with a movement of your
thumb and without having to reach for your keyboard. This
is great for when turning onto final where you need to establish
your position relative to final by viewing out the left quadrant
you'll find in a real aircraft is electric trim. The
electric trim rocker lets you trim up or down as you need to to
trim for your attitude. Just as in a real aircraft it's cool to
watch and feel your entire aircraft attitude change as you trim.
Other functions on the buttons include being able to tune
radios. Flight Simulator X and 2004 already comes with the ideal
basic default configurations but you can, also, if you wish,
assign completely different functions to all of the levers and
buttons on the yoke.
This article is not
so much a comparison review between the two products but more to
show you what you can achieve by using a yoke - regardless of
Now To The Rudder Pedals...
As any pilot knows, a
yoke is only half the picture when it comes to flying
your aircraft. The other half of the aircraft control inputs
comes from your rudder pedals. Rudder pedals are used for 5 main
performing turns while in flight.
Ailerons supply the bank but it's the rudder itself that
actually drags the tail around to properly turn and change
direction of (or yaw) the aircraft.
2. Making fine
heading adjustments while in flight.
If you're on a precision ILS approach or even normal landing, or
tracking a VOR radial, you use rudder only when you want to make
fine heading adjustments. Banking with ailerons is not how you
do it. Rudder is essential to this function.
When you're approaching a runway in a crosswind, your aircraft
nose is NOT lined up with the runway. You come in "crabbed" as
they say. When you are landing in a crosswind it is rudder and
rudder only that is used to straighten up the direction of your
nose during the final flair. You want to be aligned with the
runway and a skilful co-ordinated use of rudder and opposite
aileron is required to keep the aircraft level and nose aligned.
When you touchdown you want to be lined up exactly with your
runway. You know you've mastered landings when you can perform
this skilful maneuver and well now you can do it on your Flight
4. Steering on the
ground while taxiing.
Rudder pedals in a real light aircraft are linked to your
nosewheel. When you're taxiing, the only way to steer is with
your brakes are attached to your rudder pedals. That is how you
stop when you are on the ground and for sharper turns, you press
just one pedal for differential braking.
Once again, with
pedals, both units do their job well in providing both stable
and accurate rudder control as well as braking. Since yokes and
rudders are fundamentally seen by the PC as joysticks, you can
interchange yokes and pedals from each manufacturer without any
Easy To Install and Use
Like all modern computer
peripherals, your yoke and pedal will attach to your PC via USB
port. You will need two spare USB ports - one for each device.
Drivers for CH Products are included in the Windows XP and Vista
operating system, and automatically install when you plug in the
device. Saitek comes with a CD with the appropriate drivers.
The yoke simply clamps to your desktop with simple-to-use finger
screws and can be mounted and dismounted in seconds.
Rudders simply sit on the ground and are rubber stopped and stay
firm on the floor or carpet.
Both manufacturers products work with literally any flight
simulator. Within Flight Simulator X and 2004 you can go into
the Controller section and modify any assignments for any of the
buttons and switches and their function.
The CH Yoke on the other hand is easier
to install and configure - truly plug and play, also hosts a
course elevator trim and the switches you would use for gear and
flaps are a little more suited to that feature as opposed to the
"button" function on the Saitek unit. If you wish to ensure
trouble free installation and configuration the CH unit
guarantees you this.
So Which Do You Choose?
It's a hard one to make a call on at our end. From a yoke point
of view, CH Products yoke is priced $30 less than the Saitek
unit however the Saitek Yoke provides a better separate Throttle
Quadrant, a neat LCD electronic stopwatch on the front of the
unit for timing instrument approaches, and a flat top perfect
for placing your keyboard. The Saitek Yoke also has a nice metal
shaft which provides better fine control and a better overall
From a rudder standpoint - these are
pretty much neck and neck. We do advise that you use the rudder
for the yoke you have chosen just to keep your set-up
To take a closer look at these units, you can follow the
CH Flight Sim Yoke USB - $119.95
CH Pro Rudder Pedals - $119.95
Saitek Pro Flight Yoke System - $149.95
Saitek Pro Rudder Pedal System - $119.95
Additional related peripherals such as
extra quadrants for multi-engine flying and so on for these
units can be viewed here:
At the end of the day, whichever company's flight controls you
choose, we thoroughly recommend you to add a yoke and rudder
setup to your flight simulator. Almost all serious flight
simmers today have dispensed with keyboards and joysticks and
have gone the route of the yoke and rudder flight control
set-up. It really changes the realism level of your flight
We trust you'll give your business to the company who took the
time to educate you. We have a vested interest in you and in you
enjoying your flight simulator passion to its fullest. We look
forward to your loyalty.
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