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12-01-2006, 02:46 AM
Has anyone tested this one with IL-2? Is it any good? Are there any good reviews/tests of this joystick?

12-01-2006, 03:35 AM
There was a similar thread about it a month ago or so, when the stick was soon to be released. I'm also curious what people might say about it now, when some of You probably tested it. It's still not available in my country so far, but since I'm looing for a new stick anyway, I'm eagerly waiting for opinions http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif.

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12-05-2006, 05:27 AM
Me too looking after one of it. Double throttle badly needed, as I'm mostly a P-38 pilot.

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12-05-2006, 06:01 AM
I tried it.To me it did not feel as nice as an X52,it felt a lttle 'cheap'<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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12-05-2006, 10:42 AM
There were using them on the UBI stand at the flight sim show last weekend so I tried one there with the 46 add on.

Seemed quite good to me - I expected the throttles to be awkward to reach but actually they were OK. Personally would not really want to use a stick without FFB.

I use a MSFFB2 still with a X45 as a throttle and button bay which I think is a great combination. If the MSFFB stick ever breaks I will be distraught - keep checking ebay but they go for crazy money on there.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">


12-05-2006, 11:43 AM
The stick is probably fine. But I just can't miss all the sliders on my X-52. And some girls I know actually like all the pretty lights on it http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/metal.gif

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12-05-2006, 02:28 PM
I just bought this controller to replace my 5 year old Microsoft sidewinder ( it feels a little loose and I wanted something new) I will install soon and let you know.

12-05-2006, 05:30 PM
I'm waiting for Saitek or CH to get with the program and make a good solid FFB HOTAS system. I can't understand why no one has done it yet.

Until then I'll stick to my MS FFB2 stick with my Saitek Cyborg Evo as a throttle. FFB, versatile, comfortable, and not too expensive. My kind of HOTAS.

When/if, my MS FFB dies, I'd seriously consider buying two FFB Saitek Cyborgs. One as the flight stick and one as a throttle. You'd feel the rumble in both hands. Cool! Add one of those Bumbuster chair shaker thing-a-ma-boobers, a big set of speakers and a TrackIR and you'd probably pee your pants on take off. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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12-05-2006, 08:28 PM
Originally posted by Col._King:
Me too looking after one of it. Double throttle badly needed, as I'm mostly a P-38 pilot.


I don't think double throttle will work with IL2. However, you might be able to program the keys and or throttle so that it selects one engine at a time to respond. I don't know... =/<div class="ev_tpc_signature">


12-06-2006, 03:19 AM

I tried an Aviator at the UBI stand at the same flight show mentioned above (and got to try out 1946 while doing so, too... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif)

It's a while since I've tried anything other than a CH Fighterstick or my own home-built long-shaft stick, but if felt fine (not too sloppy, not too stiff, though stiff enough), allowed for fine control around the centre and was comfortable enough in the hand.

I didn't look into it, but I'm sure it has the same programming possibilities of other Saitek sticks. Probably a good cheap alternative to the more expensive HOTAS possibilities.

The little plastic guard on one of the weapon buttons seems destined to snap off in short order and the toggle switches on the front, while looking good, are awkwardly placed for a stick that will be used in the way this one is intended.


12-09-2006, 07:19 AM
I bought the Aviator 2 wks ago, took it back 2 days later. The dual throttle is very functional, you can use the throttles separately, or lock them together for single engine craft. Don't like the placement though being exactly in front or the stick. Has a very usefull dedicated switch on back of the base that functions as a "mode shift"- liked that alot.

The downside is that it's way taller than most sticks I've used, and put my arm in a compromised/uncomfortable position making buttons on top of the stick hard to reach. It required me to lift my elbow,"arch" my thumb while backing my palm off the stick in order to reach the top buttons. That becomes a control issue when fighting...often times mashing both the left buttons at once accidentally. Also, the stick feels loose. Could be because I use Logitechs Extreme 3d pro normally - (very tight stick). The Aviator was designed to "sell" with it's WW2-ish looks, not designed to fly and fight. I give it a big pass.

12-12-2006, 08:12 PM
Just bought the Aviator to replace my aging MSFF2. So far I'm impressed, it feels much better than my X52,CH fighterstick, or Cougar.

There was no troublesome deadzone, the springs are strong enough and can be easily strengthened with a spacer if required. It does have a little longer throw than the MSFF2 but its easy to grip lower on the stick. The stick base is light but with some sticky back velcro that problem is solved. The twist rudder spring is quite strong so if your using rudder pedals it shouldn't be a problem. I think the stick should be fit quite nicely with my Cougar throttle, and Saitek rudder pedals. It also feels robust enough to last. I haven't opened the stick to check the inards.

For those looking for a stick precise enough to replace their aging MSFF2, this may be ok. It doesn't have forcefeedback but that would just throw off your aim. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

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12-13-2006, 08:17 AM
I use this stick and it works great and is fairly accurate. One thing you should try, program the left throttle for throttle and the right throttle for trim. This works great as I always am using trim and throttle together when flying.