Hi all -
Well, I'm sincerly disappointed. A few weeks ago I posted asking for advice on a new joystick and after some helpful discussion decided to buy the Saitek ProFlight Yoke System.
I'm requesting a return authorization. I'll pick out a good force feedback joystick in its place.
Why,you ask? Well, it's complicated. At first, I hooked it up and called up my standard flight to test it out. The first thing I noticed was that, although the left hand lever on the quadrant operated the throttle OK, the center lever, for some strange reason, operated the rudder. Well, OK, I can reprogram it. I took off in 2D cockpit view. I went to bank and, oops, I'm in VC view, then a few seconds later in tower view, a few seconds later in spot view.
The red button on the right 'horn' of the yoke is supposed to cycle through the views, and it does, unfortunately it does so at random intervals which are often associated with turning and/or climbing or diving turns. Havn't figured out that one yet but it acts like a loose connection somewhere. I've got an enquiry in about it.
After an enquiry about programming the sliders(levers) I got a procedure that works(at least partially) but is not mentioned anywhere in the scanty documentation. I succeeded in programming the center slider to increase or decrease the prop RPM. Unfortunaely, it too decides to operate independantly and cuts the RPM at random times - usually in the middle of a turn.
As mentioned, the documentation is poor. The most aggravating thing about it is the lack of any indication(diagram or list) of the key designations used in the profile editor. I sort of guessed at one and did manage to successfully program the engine start and shutdown into one of he rocker switches on the throttle quadrant. It's the only part of the thing I've been happy with so far. Like I say, I guessed that I was programming the proper key and was right but I don't want to carry this too far because I'm afraid I'll overwrite some of the default keys which operate as I want them to, I.e. elevator trim, flaps and landing gear.
I've requested a return authorizaton and, depending on the reply I get concerning the weirdly functioning view and RPM functions I'll use it. Anybody have any suggestions for a good force feedback joystick?
One thing. Of my enquiry about programming the sliders, Saitek got back to me promptly with the correct information.