Flight Simulator Joystick

Flight simulation is a type of replication or mockup of different attributes of the environment of flying. It could be used for various reasons. One important use is to provide training to future pilots. It can also be used for the purpose of developing aircrafts. Entertainment in the form of games is another application of these simulations. Depending on the nature of use, the level of complexity of the flight simulator software may vary. These simulations could be as simple as a replica of just a standard, nonspecific cockpit with nominal software modeling. At the other end of the spectrum, they could be as complex as realistic models of aircraft cockpits featuring very comprehensive system and flight models.

For people who are passionate about flying but don’t really have the time, money or resources, flight simulators can make up for a great flying experience. This is the reason flight simulation is a big part of the gaming and entertainment industry. Every computer and video game needs an input device to operate controls, and so do flight simulator games. Previously, the only types of input devices available were the arrow keys and other minimal options available on the keyboard or a flight simulator joystick that was only a box with two or three buttons and the stick. The latest models of flight simulator joysticks however, are way more advanced and incorporate several new features that make the experience of flight simulation that much more realistic.

A flight simulator joystick, as mentioned before, is a type of input device designed in such a way that it has a stick that can swivel around on the base that it is attached to. The direction of the stick controls movement of the object in the game that it is linked to. Since the joystick is the actual device used by pilots in a cockpit while flying a plane, using sophisticated flight simulator joysticks can actually recreate that experience. Most of the joysticks available today are two-dimensional, which means that just like a mouse, they have two axes of movement. Rarely, one –dimensional and three-dimensional joysticks are used. A flight simulator joystick is configured so that movement towards the left or right translates to movement along the x-axis and movement up and down signifies movement along the y-axis.

A flight simulator joystick is mostly a USB device that can be connected to the USB port of a computer. While purchasing a joystick, it is important to keep in mind that the stick must not randomly jiggle, but turns fully on a 360 degrees axis with ease. It is also important to ensure that the flight simulator joystick is compatible with the operating system of the computer. The latest ones come with control manager software that can be installed on the computer. This enables a selection of several programmable functions that can be customized on the flight simulator joystick.

The grip provided by the joystick should be comfortable and easy for both left handed and right handed operation. The analog throttle allows the control of fuel input. There are several other features that can be added to a joystick such as pedals that makes the experience of flight simulation more enjoyable. A hat switch is one such feature, also called a Point Of View Switch. Using this switch, it is possible to look around the virtual world of the flight simulation and switch player’s views. The cost of a flight simulator joystick may be anywhere between 20 to 200 dollars, depending on the features selected. A two-year warranty is the standard option provided with purchase.

This Flight Simulator Joystick Review is Written/Updated on May 2nd, 2010 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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