I am going to stick my neck out here a little, and risk getting stomped on, and ask if anyone has just lost their elevators before while in flight?
I have read through the tips, did my search, and can't find any answers. I should also say that I am using a Microsoft Sidewinder Force Feedback 2 with a USB port. Until recently, it has been working awesome.
Let's use takeoff as an example. When I rotate, the controller gives opposite pressure on the stick like it should, and all seems well. Then, for a moment or two, it feels like the springs inside the controller go limp, the nose pitches down, and then they kick right back in. Last night, while on an automated ILS approach, the plane never came up to the glideslope (go figure that!) after it had initially intercepted it. I disengaged the automation, and tried manual. While pitching the nose up slightly to regain the glideslope, I lost my ability to pitch with the controller, the elevators seemed to lock in place, and proceeded into a 20+ degree nose high attitude, stalled, and crashed. No matter what I did with the stick, the plane never responded, and the "Force Feel" never reactivated. I did have the ability to roll, however. Also, I will be climbing, and the plane will just pitch wildly. I will have a FPM rate of +1800 to +2200 (aircraft depending) and it will jump off the scale in either direction!! Sometimes I think it is over animated turbulence, but most of the time it seems to be a related problem to this glitch. I also have a yaw problem where I can't taxi anything straight, but I found how to fix that, so don't worry about it, just know it is a part of the problem.
I have recently reloaded FS, as well as tried the controller with, and without the included software from Microsoft. This problem happens in every case.
Does anyone have any idea's as to what I am facing here? I would appreciate any assistance.
Thanks, and happy simming to all.
SSgt. Adam Sereika
Flying Crew Chief - C17A Globemaster III