View Full Version : Where do you position your stick/flight contoller..?

09-12-2007, 04:03 PM
Hi all,

Let's keep this serious... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

When I started with WW2 flight sims in 1937 ( http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif) I positioned my stick centrally to the monitor. It seemed natural to copy a cockpit.

Now and for some time, the stick is to the right of the monitor and in line with my right shoulder. I find that my instinctive reaction relates to the monitor and not the position of the stick.

Have any of the guys who have built pits found their experience to be different?

Best Regards,

But if I had a yoke it would be central as regards the monitor.

09-12-2007, 04:09 PM
I've kept mine...

between my leggs.

09-12-2007, 04:15 PM
Well, I use one of those laptop beanbag trays with my X-45 touching bases on top. Have also lashed a cheap rumblepad to the front of the stick's 'knuckle guard' for extra jollies. Quite effective, and the four flipper buttons at the front of said pad (now at the top as fixed to stick) act as trim buttons. Makes a hell of a noise though - I don't notice much with headphones on, but get complaints if I dare to play when the soaps are on t.v.

Anyhow, fairly comfortable and ergonomic (to me) - plus I can 'sit and swivel' an ex once said to me.

09-12-2007, 04:20 PM
I have always found it most comfortable and natural to have the joystick resting in my lap...
OK...it isn't bolted down or fixed with suckers...but I like it there..
my best one was a big FF Logitech which had a heavy base and no return spring...
...a return spring is useful to allow hands-off flying...but if it is too strong can be a nuisance
real planes never had a return spring...

09-12-2007, 04:26 PM
Both stick and throttle are mounted to my desk, on either side of the stand I made with which raise the 19" CRT monitor by ~11". The placement is quite comfy. [Incidentally, I raised the monitor so that the screen centre is exactly at eye level, and barely more than a foot away so as to obtain a nearly 90 degree wide apparent field with reading glasses on]. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif


09-12-2007, 04:53 PM
I've got the throttle quad for my X52 on a slide-out tray on my desk, and the stick is on the desk, to the right of the monitor. It's more comfortable that way, and I don't break my wrist when I use the twisty-stick. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Unfortunately, my desk only has one slide-out tray, else I'd put the stick on the other one. As it is it sits up quite high, while my mouse is on a couple of wooden pieces that fit into the tray-slot and are secured by a small stick of legos... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif

09-12-2007, 05:09 PM
I have the typical f16 configuration http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif
Stick on my right and throttle on my left. And of course the key board in the middle.
That's much more comfortable to have the stick off centre.

09-12-2007, 05:34 PM
I use the X52, so I set it up with the stick on the right armrest and the throttle on the left armrest, both held in place with screws for a solid mount. I had tried velcro, but it offered too much play for my liking. I have a slide out tray in the center for either the keyboard or a racing wheel, so I really don't have the option to set the stick up in the center since the top of the stick would hit it.


Eventually I'd like to build a long throw stick and have it center mounted. But it's one of those projects I'll save for someday when I have spare time and more disposable income.

Prior to this I was using a CH Combatstick and I always had the stick sitting slightly right of center on my desk. Mostly this was so I could reach the keyboard with my left hand. Having the stick dead center just got in the way.

I find that having the stick set off to the right gives me the tendency to favor left rolls. Twisting my wrist backhand to roll right doesn't seem as reflexive as pulling in to roll left. I don't recall this tendency when I had it sitting closer to center.

09-12-2007, 05:56 PM
Now that I think of...........

You know the position of gunsight in German aircraft?

Well, that is the position of my stick too...on the table, slightly to the right of the screen.

09-12-2007, 06:51 PM
I have my Fighterstick attached to a keyboard tray swivel arm. So I fly with it locked between my legs and when I am done I can push it to the side. Works really well for me.

09-12-2007, 07:21 PM

09-12-2007, 09:12 PM
R_Target, I 'R' jealous!



09-13-2007, 04:28 AM
Originally posted by horseback:
R_Target, I 'R' jealous!



Lol, thanks. It took a quite a bit of goofing around before I came up with a wobble-free fully detachable solution. It takes about ten seconds to set up or break down. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

09-13-2007, 07:20 AM


Simple, effective and easy to put away. Its a piece of scrap masonite that I got at the hardware store. The bases of the stick/throttle are held on with industrial strength velcro. It allows me to have my controls in a more relaxed position, not stretched out to get a hold of them on top of my computer desk.

09-13-2007, 07:52 AM
Not bad, may have to think on that. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

TgD Thunderbolt56
09-13-2007, 08:44 AM
When I used to fly casually, I used to simply put the joystick in my lap. As my means, levels of participation, and immersion increased I went to this:

Allowed me to use my existing desk and office chair

Ultimately, I went to this:


09-13-2007, 08:56 AM
Just inboard of my mouse.

09-13-2007, 09:24 AM
OK, here's what I've got (all cleaned up for show-and-tell). This is the family general purpose computer, so one of my main considerations when I set this up was that it had to be real easy to go from "cockpit view" to "no cockpit view" and vice versa. The wife wouldn't take too kindly to having to climb into an Akers-Barnes cockpit to check her email.

The first picture is in flying configuration:

And this is in email-checking configuration. All I have to do is set the throttle and joystick on the desk and slide the two stools under the desk. The stools are 24" stools I got at Target. They just happen to fit perfectly under the desk.

And another detail shot, just maybe to give you some ideas. When I bought a chair, I made sure to get one with adjustable armrests. I can adjust the height so that my forearms rest comfortably on the armrests when I'm using the throttle and joystick. Keeps my arms from getting tired, and I think allows for more precise movements. I replaced the wheels on the bottom of the chair with some non-sliding casters I ordered from staples.com. I nailed some 1/2" wood strips on the top of the stools to keep the throtte and joystick in place. I also put some rubber furniture pads on the bottom of all the stool legs, to keep the stools from sliding around. And the colored dots are just to help me quickly get everything lined up in the right position each time.

I'm still using my old CRT monitor. It's working fine. Someday I'll break down and get an LCD. And the computer's nothing extra fancy. A 3.0 Ghz Pentium, 2 gig of RAM, and an ATI X-1600 graphics card.

That's it!

09-13-2007, 10:16 AM
Originally posted by R_Target:
http://i18.tinypic.com/688xli0.jpg Now that's a setup! Did you construct that yourself? I had an idea like that myself.

09-13-2007, 10:49 AM

09-13-2007, 03:35 PM

09-13-2007, 06:13 PM
Originally posted by josephs1959:
Now that's a setup! Did you construct that yourself? I had an idea like that myself.

Yeah, I banged it together by my lonesome. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif My inspiration for the stick stand was when I tripped over a trailer hitch one day, but as you can see, some of the others have come up with the same idea. I originally just duct taped(http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif) the rumble pad to the underside of the stick platform, but then I figured that I could wedge it against the riser with a piece of wood behind it to hold it tight. That way I have a rigid connection, and the whole stick rumbles. The whole thing slides out of the box on the bottom of the chair and I set it aside.

The throttle stand took a little more work as it has a T-shaped piece that slides down into a box with a T-shaped groove that's bolted to the chair. I had to cut a compound miter for it to sit level (well, close to level http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif) as I had to account for the layback and the offset of the armrest.