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The Best Flight Simulator Hardware That Resemble a Real Aircraft

318 views | Last updated on May 08, 2021 by Senne Vandenputte

Using a flight simulator can be a great training tool. And of course, we like it as real as possible, both the simulation software ánd the hardware.

The latter can really elevate your flight simulator experience, especially if the hardware you use resembles a real aircraft type. As many flight simulator brands have started developing hardware based on real aircraft, there are some great options available today. Below, we will list some of them!

1. Thrustmaster TCA Sidestick Airbus Edition

Resembles: Airbus A320 series

The Thrustmaster TCA Sidestick Airbus Edition is an ergonomic 1:1 scale replica inspired by the iconic Airbus sidestick.

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!

$79.99

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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 (Airbus A380 type), two throttle quadrants can be linked together (additional throttle quadrant sold separately), giving you access to four thrust levers instead of two!

$108.32 $119.99

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Both the Airbus sidestick and throttle quadrant can also be purchased as a bundle in the Thrustmaster TCA Officer Pack Airbus Edition.

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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

$279.99

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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!

$484.69

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Cool tip: addons available for other fighter aircraft, like the F-16C Viper and F/A 18!

Thrustmaster F/A 18 Grip Add On

$326.16

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Thrustmaster F-16C Viper HOTAS Add-On Grip

$249.99

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