View Full Version : What kind of interface do you use?

05-13-2007, 08:05 PM
A thread where clickable cockpits came up got me to wondering about what kind of setups most fokks have.

05-13-2007, 08:07 PM
I use a MSFFB2/Modified Saitek X-45/Saitek rudder pedals/TIR4 setup... I also have some commands that I jus6t decided to leave on the keyboard... like toggling icons and speedbar, although I have been thinking of setting up a macro mode on my X-45 using the shift key with one of the three modes. Id use that macro setup for things like that. Haven't worked it out yet though.

05-13-2007, 08:19 PM
At college i just keep a Saitek cyborg evo on me, so it's that and the keyboard for me.

05-13-2007, 08:29 PM
HOTAS + Pedals+ TIR + keyboard + mouse + the two windows in my head + the two grabby things at the ends of my arms http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

05-13-2007, 09:07 PM
joystick (some hot keys), keyboard, Hotas (controls & throttle only). When I get my new Vista based, computer upgrade this summer, I'm going to get it all! Especially rudder pedals and Track IR. OneMug

05-13-2007, 11:03 PM
Guillemot Forcefeedback Joystick.
Out of 2 joysticks and a game pad I've built a control box with over 30 buttons and 6 sliders, 2 pots used in homebuilt pedals, for rudder and brakes.
TIR3Pro (no vector)

05-13-2007, 11:11 PM
I think I have almost everything: CH HOTAS & Rudder Pedals, Throttle Quadrant, TIR4, and a Saitek Pro Gamer Command Unit for the extra buttons.

If I had any actual skills, I could really do something with them...



05-13-2007, 11:18 PM
I use HOTAS and TIR3.

MS Sidewinder FF2 and Saitek x52 - only use the throttle right now.

Will probably get TIR4 or at least the vector expansion and rudder pedals when BoB is about.

05-13-2007, 11:46 PM
HOTAS = X-52
Rudder Pedals = Ch pro

Only took me 6+ years to acquire it all but I got it! And I will never ever go back. Going back now would be like going from Cable to dial up. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

05-13-2007, 11:47 PM
I use a Saitek X-52, and a Logitech G-15 gaming keyboard. I have a medical prob that dosent allow for me to use pedals for rudder, so I am really glad that modern sticks have such good control with the twist sticks. With the number of controls I can map with these it makes flying a real pleasure. Sure wish I could do pedals though as I am sure they are more realistic, and offer better control.

05-13-2007, 11:57 PM
HOTAS + Pedals+ TIR + keyboard wired to toggle and momentary switches (reg USB keyboard for regular typing if ness).

05-14-2007, 12:09 AM
An MS Sidewinder Precision 2 + customized pedals from a cheapo racing wheel set + a keyboard + a mouse + a Hama joypad. That's it and works like a charm too http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

05-14-2007, 12:13 AM
FFB2 stick, Force Feedback racing wheel for elevator trim and the pedals for rudders, TIR, and an N52 gamepad for throttle and all the other good bits.


05-14-2007, 12:47 AM
CH Fighterstick USB, CH Pro Pedals, X-52 Throttle and a TrackIR 3 with the VE...

05-14-2007, 02:19 AM

Never under estimate, trim on a mouse wheel

05-14-2007, 02:29 AM
CH fighter stick, CH pro pedals, X45 throttle,
TrackIR2, Ctrl E, High Octane alcohol.

Hey Megile, do you think your avatar and mine could get together for a little R&R.
She might be able to get some info about BOB,
using her obvious charms.


05-14-2007, 02:44 AM
Cougar HOTAS (with a few mods n stuff), Simped pedals, a little control box with two pots (wired to my unused Cougar toebrake controls) that I use for trim, a Saitek command pad for some extra buttons, and TIR4.

I used to have an X52 that died, and I set out to turn it into a set of cockpit controls, but the throttle board was fried and I never finished it off... Still sitting there for me to finish if I come across the right parts for the right price.

Note that I suck at flying http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

05-14-2007, 02:55 AM
In order of aquiring (first stick was a Logitech Freedom)

TiR3Pro (no vector..yet)
Ch pedals.

05-14-2007, 04:02 AM
The good ol' keyboard of course! Along with my Saitek X-52, CH Rubber Pedals and TIR 4. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Did I say 'Rubber'?

05-14-2007, 04:02 AM
I've got an X-45 setup, I'd really like pedals and trackIR but I can't justify them for the amount of time I spend playing sims.

05-14-2007, 04:07 AM
I didn't know you had to buy HOTAS & rudder pedals before getting a TrackIR? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

05-14-2007, 04:10 AM
Just bought my Saitek pedals two days ago...now I'm learning to fly again http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/crackwhip.gif

05-14-2007, 04:32 AM
Hi all.
1st post ever. Pretty exciting...

Saitek pedals
Logitech G15.

I really don't know how I managed in the dark days before I'd collected all this kit.

05-14-2007, 04:34 AM
I have a sidewinderPrec.2, 4 pots ail., rudder, elevator and prop pitchhttp://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a190/potver/uitsnede3.jpg , 34 buttons, mouse , keyboard and peddles(simped)

05-14-2007, 04:39 AM
MSFFB2 for flight control and the throttle from an X45 - I also use the X45 joystick buttons for functions I don't use much - like bail out http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

05-14-2007, 06:54 AM
Since this is one of my few vices, AND I earn it so I can spend it how I like (Psst don't show this to puddin) I went, "whole hog".

Thrustmaster Cougar #9,623 Joystick and Throttle.

CubPilots Hall's sensor upgrade for stick and Throttle.

IJ's UberII NXT gimbals mod for Stick.

Track IR 4

Simped F16C Rudder Pedals.

I can ground pound real well, just don't ask me to dogfight anyone. My first foray into "Guts and Glory" WWI server last night was a disgrace. Easy pickin's for Raven.

Da Worfster

05-14-2007, 07:26 AM
Logitech attack 3 stick / X45 throttle / CH pedals / TiR 2 + the keyboard for a few commands (WEP and bomb commands mainly)

05-14-2007, 07:30 AM
CH Pro Throttle, Saitek Pedals, Saitek EVO Force, TiR Pro 3/vector, Notsromo Game Pad, CH Yolk. I only use the keybard to chat.

05-14-2007, 07:41 AM
Old Saitek Cyborg USB Gold, keyboard and TrackIR 1

05-14-2007, 09:20 AM
1) I hit the 'A' key for spectacular performance.

2) When flying a Lerche, my butt shakes in discomfort.

05-14-2007, 09:22 AM
Saitek EVO
Saitek pedals
TIR3 Pro
And keyboard for all the necessary system functions,mostly ctrl+e.

05-14-2007, 09:27 AM
Way back when I flew Warbirds and Dawn of Aces I used a microsoft FF Pro with two foot switches - one for the Shift function and one for the Up view - made from office hole-punchers. It was good compensation for my odd status as a virtual pilot, i.e. my lack of a right arm, but I really had to hack up the stick to use it left-handed. That was my first HOTAS, with a singular 'H', and it served well until XP was launched and screwed the use of the Sidewinder 3.0 software and removed the shift function http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Fortunately for everything except my wallet IL-2 Sturmovik released soon after XP (iIrc) and I migrated almost immediately and never looked back. I stumbled on with the FF Pro for a while - changed briefly to the newly-introduced X-45 - and then took the never-regretted plunge for a CH Fighterstick and Pro Pedals.

I'd already spent a while using NaturalPoint's SmartNav (http://www.driverheaven.net/reviews/SmartNav/) and I was first in the door when TrackIR launched. Wow, what a difference that made to my flying experience!!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
Suddenly I was in control of my views, and the 8 way hat became the repository for a possible 24 additional commands (using the 3 modes and the pinky-shift on the Fighterstick) Of course, some of them had to be duplicated across all three modes - centring the TIR being most important - and I also had to go warranty-busting to adapt the stick for my enforced southpaw state. I gave thanks for the rugged nature of the CH gear as I carefully sawed off the handle-mounted turret-housing - celebrated the 'simple' wiring and spacious layout of the stick as I transferred the now-spare turret to the left side of the base along with the unreachable-in-flight mode switch. I took on the whole issue of keeping the plane stable while I made swift dabs at the non-H(s)OTAS buttons and the keyboard, all the time seeking shortcuts around irritations like cursor positioning and Tab commands.

I have to admit that I ruined one stick by a bit of over-enthusiastic soldering while I was repairing an earlier 'dry' joint on a circuit board. I just pledged my elastic credit for another fighterstick, no question, and went right on to recreate the same adaptation, and a period of years passed before I started to get itchy fingers again. My interest was piqued by Mark Fletcher's offer to sell me a bespoke, left-handed stick-shell. My long-time wingy (Pedro in Hyperlobby) bought it as a gift http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif and I stepped off into another adaptation. Mark had cleverly mounted a throttle pot in the top of the stick, and I still had the earlier FS that I'd mauled, so I decided on a complete re-vamp using elements of both controllers. Eventually, after a lot of messing with resin fillers and solder, I came up with the Franken-Tripehound - a unique, single-handed HOTAS that gets me as close to total control as I can get. Here's an early pic and map that I made a while ago


Things have advanced recently with some better 'knobs' for the trim controls, and I'm gradually increasing the number of commands available. (It's a memory thing) Both decks of buttons have 3 modes, and each incorporates a separate shift function. The total number of commands available is around 170, if my memory can ever get that good!

My sincere thanks go to Mark for creating the lefty Hotas and being always ready to help - to 'Pedro' for this lovely gift - to Bob Church for helping me script the two shift buttons - and to my darling wife for quickly mastering the art of fine soldering (and being so patient with her crazy husband). http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I'm now looking longingly at the CH Muti-Function Panel (http://www.chproducts.com/retail/mfp.html) and trying to save. I have an old Quickshot 98 (http://www.quickshot.com/images/game_controllers/mpvalue.jpg) that I use as a TAB Command library - but the idea of the new MFP is hastening its demise.

So I voted for option 5. Nice to see that half the voters are so well equipped http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif



05-14-2007, 01:18 PM
Saitek X52 Pro
Simped Vario Pro pedals
TrackIR Pro with TrackClipPro

The only thing I need now is time to fly and some flying skill. Just need to get to the level above "target drone".


05-14-2007, 01:47 PM
trackIR3 vector clip
home made pedals (still working fine) http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

05-14-2007, 02:04 PM
You're missing an option for HOTAS; twist rudder and Track-ir (X-52)

05-14-2007, 08:04 PM
Simple Saitek ST290 joystick and keyboard for me.

05-14-2007, 08:47 PM
I fly with a saitek gamepad i forget the model and i'm too crosseyed drunk to read the tiny print on the thing.

05-14-2007, 09:09 PM
Saitek X52 Pro
Saitek Rudder Pedals
TrackIR 4
Ergodex DX1

05-14-2007, 10:38 PM
M/S sidewinder and the keyboard..I'm as immersed as I wanna be on the consumer side of it...afterall I am sitting at a computer and not in a Cessna or a Corsair.

..sometimes I can almost see myself getting trackir and then I remember where I am and relax again...rudder pedals etc?...lol - I will so spend that money on a new monitor or vid card or other rig upgrade than something like pedals or a hotas rig majigger..or anything like that, but thats just me.

...almost time to go to the rink now - late game tonight. Sabers powerless play is sooo lame its gonna be Ottawa in 4 games (vs the mighty RED WINGS in Lord Stanleys Final....)

and I think you all know who will win that..just ask LStarosta if ya don't know.

05-15-2007, 12:07 AM
rudder pedals etc?...lol

Why not do as I did, i.e. buy a cheap racing wheel set off a flea market and convert the pedals to use your PC gameport directly? Works like a charm and costs next to nothing!

05-15-2007, 01:26 AM
home made rudder pedals made from earlier stick http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
fresnel lens and a special chair to simulate cockpit http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif


05-15-2007, 06:18 AM
CH Fighterstick, throttle, rudder pedals, TIR4 Saiteck gamers keyboard with controller.

05-15-2007, 07:08 AM
Originally posted by DmdSeeker:
You're missing an option for HOTAS; twist rudder and Track-ir (X-52)

Nope HOTAS is there.. it doesnt matter if it is a twist or not... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

TgD Thunderbolt56
05-15-2007, 07:44 AM
I have a modified CH Fighterstick and Pro throttle (custom handles for left-handed use courtesy of Mark "Snomf"), CH Pro rudder pedals and TIR3 W/vector.

Here is the custom HOTAS:

And a picture (older, but still relevant) of my pit in my Bedroom:


05-15-2007, 09:09 AM
Hotas, Pedals, Keyboard, VAC and TIR

05-15-2007, 04:02 PM
Logitech attack 3 joystick + keyboard.
And a set of Saitek rudder pedals on the way http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

05-15-2007, 04:58 PM
Thrustmaster stick1
Thrustmaster stick2
separate keypad

05-16-2007, 05:46 PM

05-16-2007, 10:02 PM
CH pedals, CH Combatstick, Saitek Rumblepad under the CH stick, Saitek Graphite guts stuffed in an old guitar effects pedal for trim control, TIR 4.