As we have mentioned many times before, flight simulators are a great way to hone your piloting skills. You can fly anywhere in the world without ever leaving your room!
Plenty of great software and hardware is available nowadays, so how do you pick the right gear for you? We have covered some of the best flight simulator software and hardware in a previous guide on Hangar.Flights, but now we’d like to zoom in on a specific type of flight simulator hardware: hardware that resembles a real aircraft!
Some popular brands have recently released new amazing products, that bring the feeling of flying a real aircraft closer than ever before. Below are some of the best flight simulator hardware that resembles a real aircraft, such as joysticks, yokes, throttles and other hardware!
1. Thrustmaster TCA Sidestick Airbus Edition
Resembles: Airbus A320 series
The first one on the list is the Thrustmaster TCA Sidestick Airbus Edition, an ergonomic 1:1 scale replica inspired by the iconic Airbus sidestick.
If you love flying airliners in flight simulator, this is a must-have! (Unless you’re more of a Boeing fan, then you would be better off with a flight simulator yoke)
You can easily adjust the sidestick’s configuration before each takeoff, to meet your requirements: captain, co-pilot, or with the sidestick in the central position for solo flight!
2. Thrustmaster TCA Quadrant Airbus Edition
Resembles: Airbus A320neo
The new Thrustmaster TCA Quadrant Airbus Edition is Thrustmaster’s newest flight simulator throttle quadrant, based on the A320neo. It features 8 ergonomic physical action buttons (plus 8 virtual buttons on the thrust levers, for a total of 16), which are exact replicas of the real aircraft.
For even more realistic use with four-engine aircraft (like the Airbus A340/A380), two throttle quadrants can be linked together (additional throttle quadrant sold separately), giving you access to four thrust levers instead of two!
Both the Airbus sidestick and throttle quadrant can also be purchased together as a bundle in the Thrustmaster TCA Officer Pack Airbus Edition.
3. Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog Flight Stick
Resembles: A-10 Thunderbolt II
The Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog Flight Stick is a replica of the U.S. Air Force A-10C attack aircraft flight Stick.
The joystick features 19 action buttons, along with a ‘Point Of View’ hat. It provides extreme precision, thanks to the H.E.A.R.T HallEffect AccuRate Technology magnetic sensor system
4. Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog Dual Throttles
Resembles: A-10 Thunderbolt II
The throttle component has also been very carefully designed, with a dual throttle system allowing for independent control of 2 motors: a locking system lets the user either attaches the 2 throttles together, or else keeps them independent of one another.
Switching to the idle and afterburner detents is carried out via a pull and push system, for even greater realism!
Another tip: you can also extend your Thrustmaster HOTAS flight stick with this handy extension kit:
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Before writing this guide, there used to be some other flight simulator hardware that resembles a real aircraft type. When the Logitech Pro Flight hardware was still made by Saitek, there used to be a line of Cessna inspired products, such as a Cessna Yoke, throttles, rudder pedals and trim wheel. Unfortunately, those have been discontinued and replaced by the now-called Logitech G PRO Flight Yoke System and Logitech PRO Flight Rudder Pedals.
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