Expand your flight simulator setup
If you're looking for flight simulation hardware for advanced pilots, you may already have purchased a joystick or yoke (if not, check our hardware for beginning flightsimmers page). In that case, we advise you to expand your flight simulator setup with a throttle (quadrant) or rudder pedals. Building your setup on which you already have is the most economically friendly choice.
All flight simulation hardware (for pc) is compatible with each other, and it doesn't matter if you mix brands. Each device has its own USB connection and is recognized as a separate device.
Control your power settings with a throttle
With a throttle, you can control your airplane's power settings. Although this is possible with most joysticks already (with a slider on the base of the stick), a throttle is more accurate due to its more extensive range. Most throttles also have an extensive number of buttons. In the most popular flight simulators, these buttons are assigned to the most used functions (i.e., gear, flaps, or lights), but they can also be set to your preference manually.
You can also choose a throttle quadrant. The big difference between a standard throttle and a throttle quadrant is the number of axes. A quadrant usually has at least three axis, which can be used for multi-engine flying or for setting your propellor- and mixture- settings. Some quadrants even have the possibility to add a speedbrake or flaps lever.
Enhance Your Flight Experience with Rudder Pedals
Rudder Pedals are a great addition to your setup as well. Pedals are placed on the ground and are operated with your feet. They are mainly used to control your rudder (part of the vertical stabilizer of the tailplane). If you want to make a nice crosswind landing, you can't fly without rudder pedals.
Another function of the pedals is ground control. You use the pedals to steer your (nose)wheel while taxi-ing. They are also used for braking.
Up your game
Chances are that you have purchased an entry-level flight controller when you started flying. They are perfect for discovering flight simulator and finding out if you like the genre. If you want to up your game (or actually simulator experience), you can also choose to buy a new flight controller.
When purchasing a flight controller, consider which planes you prefer to fly. How these planes are controlled answers whether you have to choose a joystick and throttle or yoke (steering wheel). The joystick and throttle combination is often referred to as HOTAS, which is short for Hand On Throttle and Stick.
If your preferred airplane is an Airbus or Boeing airliner, we recommend you check out the Thrustmaster TCA range. Please note that the Thrustmaster Boeing controls are -in our opinion- more of an expert choice, but certainly, a good choice if Boeing planes are your favorite).
Need tailored advice?
There is a lot of flight simulation hardware on the market, which makes it hard to decide. Know that we are happy to give you advice on selecting suitable hardware.