I love my Saitek AV8R joystick. It is the perfect peripheral for hopping into FS quickly to check out what I have been designing. I was delighted when I heard about Saitek producing a true yoke system to give CH Products a run for their money. The features of the new yoke are quite impressive (someone did their homework):
- Durable Stainless Steel shaft with precision bearings gives smooth and predictable elevator and aileron control
- Accurately time each leg of your flight plan with the integrated chronograph (great for those practicing IFR turns)
- Separate throttle quadrant with additional switches to configure any combination of throttle, flaps, mixture or prop pitch.
- Integrated 3-Port USB Hub
- 14 buttons
- POV Hat Switch
- 3-position Mode Switch
- 3 axis levers on Quadrant
- Elevator and Aileron Axes on Yoke
All of this for $149 USD. This sure puts some perspective on the CH Products’ USB Yoke which also retails for $149 USD. I own the CH Products USB Yoke, but I have never liked the plastic components and the tension spring never really has ever "felt" right. I guess that is why it remains under my desk collecting dust. The new Saitek yoke on the other hand is very appealing, especially since it uses a stainless steel shaft and ball bearings for movement.