A flight simulator can offer a very valuable tool before, during and after flight training. You have a choice between many different hardware options, ranging from simple joysticks to complex table-mounted flight simulator cockpits and panels. One thing to really enhance your flight simulator experience are rudder pedals. So turn off that 'Autorudder' option in FSX and practice your stick *and* rudder skills! In this guide, we'll help you pick the right pedals.
In a previous guide, we covered the most popular and recommended flight simulator yokes. This guide has become quite popular and convinced us to write a separate guide to cover the best rudder pedals, which is something else that can greatly improve your flight simulator experience. Especially since there have been quite a few new products on the market lately!
Now, why would you need rudder pedals when you can just turn the plane on the ground by using your joystick or yoke axes? Most flight simulators offer an 'Autorudder' option, right?
There's some truth in the above statements, but how will you be practising crosswind take-offs and landings? Using just the aileron axis of your yoke might get you of/on the ground safely, but it won't resemble the experience of using both stick and rudder, like you would in real life.
Also on the ground, rudder pedals can improve your flight simulator experience. Not only for steering, but for braking as well. Most popular flight simulator rudder pedals feature differential brake pedals at the top of your toes, just like you would find in most real-life aircraft. This offers extra possibilities when virtual taxiing or making narrow turns on the ground.
Below, we have listed some of the most popular flight simulator rudder pedals on the market, each with their own advantages. Just like with the yoke hardware, popular brands include Logitech, CH Products and Thrustmaster.
The Logitech Pro Flight series is a family of popular flight simulator hardware, including instruments, switches, throttle quadrants, yokes and pedals. The Logitech Pro Rudder Pedals (formerly built by Saitek) are probably one of the most popular and widely-used flight simulator pedals available today. Their fluid motion enables accurate command over your aircraft, while differential braking provides independent control of the left and right toe brakes.
CH Products has been building flight simulator hardware long before many other players on the market. You might get the impression their product designs are a little outdated, but they still perform very well and are an affordable option.
The standard CH Products Pro Pedals remain some of the most affordable and simple options on this list.
If you're looking for something a little more sturdy and advanced, the Thrustmaster TPR Pedals might be a good fit for you. The brand uses its more advanced technology to create smooth and fluid movements, offering the perfect precision. While most rudder pedals use plastic sliders, the TPR Pedals use a suspended mechanism for minimal resistance.
Thrustmaster's latest model, the Thrustmaster TFRP Pedals look quite different from their previously-mentioned model. They offer the so-called S.M.A.R.T slide rails system for smooth steering, removable heel-rests, differential braking and a self-centering rudder axis.
The TFRP Pedals are compatible with PS4, XOne and PC.
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Last updated on February 11, 2020 by Senne Vandenputte