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Originally Posted by Meghan's Mom
I own some pretty serious hardware for running Flight Sim, but have always stuck with my 30 dollar joystick from logitech that includes rudder and throttle functions. I just feels comfortable to me, and it's what I'm used to.
Your options are very open; that is to say that you can spend 20 or 600 dollars on joystick/throttle/pedal setups. I would go to a local store that sells computer products, and look for a simple joystick that has a hat switch for view swiveling, a throttle and a twistable handle for rudders just like my 30 dollar logitech. It will suit him or her just fine. If money is no object, head on over to fspilotshop.com and peruse the hardware available there.
I don't think there are any brands to stay away from, the joystick industry seems simple and straightforward, like buying jeans. I've never purchased a bad joystick.
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