• Review: HOTAS F/A-18C Hornet Grip

    Review: HOTAS F/A-18C Hornet Grip

    Manufactured by ThrustMaster

    By Raymond Andersen

    Thrustmaster HOTAS F/A-18C Hornet Grip

    Intro

    My name is Raymond Andersen and many of you might know me better as Rays Aviation. For several years now, I have been testing a large variety of hardware specifically designed for flight simulation purposes, and this time I got a huge opportunity to test a brand new and very exciting product from the company ThrustMaster. The product is their new replica HOTAS F/A-18C Hornet grip that is an independent product however, the grip do need a base from either the HOTAS Warthog or the HOTAS Cougar.

    The grip is developed under the Boeing / McDonnell Douglas Official Franchise and is 100% native and integrated into the DCS World F/A-18C Hornet game module. Of course you can also use the grip for other flight simulators as long as they are compatible with OS Win7, 8 or 10 and used on a PC.

    Thrustmaster HOTAS F/A-18C Hornet Grip     Thrustmaster HOTAS F/A-18C Hornet Grip

    Packaging, Delivery And Assembly

    I received this new grip directly from ThrustMaster in France. It was sent directly to my home address in Denmark using FedEx as forwarder and immediately after collection at the warehouse I received a track and trace number. The delivery was very fast, the collection in France was a Friday and already the following Monday I received the package, giving a delivery time of only two business days which I think is really fast.

    The grip was packed in an outer box made of hard and thick cardboard, and inside this outer box was the inner sales box packed with polystyrene foam piece around to prevent potential damage during transport or hard handling. Now, the sales box is just a thin cardboard box but inside this box is a really luxurious, almost show-case like box, made from a hard and stiff material with a softer form-shaped internal part that fits perfectly around the grip - almost like the inner part was the mold used for the grip. This provides a superb protection but also provides a really great sense of high quality and an extra luxurious experience of unpacking this item. Additionally the grip was here also packed in thin plastic again to avoid potential scratching or similar.

    Thrustmaster HOTAS F/A-18C Hornet Grip     Thrustmaster HOTAS F/A-18C Hornet Grip

    Included in the pack is the F/A-18C grip and a guide also found in the show-case - there are no wiring, no base or similar included since the idea here is that you use a common base that supports multiple grips.

    There are no tools included since the grip is completely assembled and does not require any additional assembly. All you have to do is to connect the grip to one of the two approved base types and you are 'Go' for flight. The approved bases are either the HOTAS Warthog original found featuring the A10 grip or the Cougar base - this test and review is performed using the Warthog base.

    Included is also an 8-page user manual describing the grip, the buttons and the layout of pre-programmed commands. In the user manual it is also stated that to get the correct setup you have to make sure your base's firmware is up to date - how to update the firmware is also included with a link to https://support.thrustmaster.com.


    2 Comments
    1. Danparis's Avatar
      Danparis -
      Wonderful well made, of course and as usual with Thrustmaster. I also soon use th Warthog and the Cougar sticks.
      I think it would be great to propose an hotas in the same quality for Airbus e.g. to the people who are flying GA.
      The models on the market are retailed about 2000$!!!
    1. crowdriver's Avatar
      crowdriver -
      Yes, Airbus uses sticks instead of yokes, so your idea is a great idea!

      This is from wikipedia for 'side-stick' showing Airubs 380 cab:
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