Flight Simulator Accessories for PC

Flight Simulator Accessories for PC:

Flight Sim Accessories

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Flight Simulator games come with accessories that will improve your flight experience. The accessories are joysticks, rudder pedals, flight yoke, radio communication, Thrustmaster throttle, and ear headset. The flight yoke comes with a throttle, or you can buy Thrustmaster throttle and yoke separately.

The accessories are ideal, but it is not a requirement to play Flight Simulator. The benefit of using one of these accessories will make you feel like you are flying a real aircraft, and it is easier to control the plane using one of the accessories than the keyboard. You need to plug it and configure it with the computer to play Flight Simulator.

All accessories come with different brands and instructions on how to configure them. Before buying one of these accessories, make sure it is compatible with a desktop or laptop.

Joysticks:

The joysticks

Multi Pivot Joysticks Permanent Joysticks Roll Models Odyssey X Night Vision Night vision goggles, such as these from Nova’s private military unit Odyssey X, are an essential piece of kit for any flight sim enthusiast. These controllers are intended to mimic the feeling of flying a real aircraft while accommodating different hand sizes.

They are also compatible with the virtual ones to use with the real planes. By using a pair of these goggles, you’ll be able to scan for an opponent’s drone in the sky and will be able to locate it if it is flying near you. They will also let you see in the dark and even provide backlight when paired with a sensor such as a laser pointer.

Here’re 3 Best Joysticks for Flight Simulators:

1 – Thrustmaster Hotas Warthog (Windows):

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⦁ Official replicas of the joystick, throttle and control panel of the U.S. Air Force’s A-10C aircraft
⦁ Detachable joystick handle crafted entirely of metal, with detachable metal plate for desk- or cockpit-style use
⦁ 19 action buttons in total plus one 8-way “point of view” hat
⦁ Dual throttle system with metal hand rest
⦁ Control panel with weighted base. Super-stable, weighted base (over 3kg)
⦁ Unique replica set of the U.S. Air Force A 10C’s joystick, dual throttle system and control panel
⦁ H.E.A.R.T. HallEffect AccuRate technology

2 – Logitech G X56 H.O.T.A.S. Throttle and Stick Controller:

⦁ Military-grade Space and Flight Sim Precision. Customizable options including all the control surface options required to achieve the exact level of performance that aspiring combat pilots demand.
⦁ New Mini Analog Stick Control Surfaces: Control pitch, roll, yaw, backwards, forwards, up, down, left and right as well as gimballed weapons that are controlled separately from the space craft.
⦁ RGB Backlighting: Many P.C. peripherals now feature RGB backlighting and the X-56 is no exception. Use the software to set the color of the lighting to match the rest of your gaming rig.

3 – Thrustmaster T16000M FCS Flight Pack:

⦁ The T.16000M FCS is compatible with PC via USB in Windows 10, 8, 7 and Vista (32-bit and 64-bit)
⦁ The T.16000M FCS offers you a precision level greater than current systems, which will not decrease over time, thanks to the joystick’s H.E.A.R.T technology (U.S. patent US08471815).
⦁ Fully ambidextrous joystick: 3 removable components allow the joystick to be perfectly tailored for left-handed or right-handed use.
⦁ The joystick includes 16 action buttons with “braille”-style physical button identification + one 8-way Point of View hat switch and 4 independent axes, including twist rudder (controlled by rotating the stick).
⦁ The T.A.R.G.E.T software allows you to load and create specific mapping profiles for each game.

Flight Simulator Controllers:

Flight Simulator controllers are available for many games. We suggest starting with a Microsoft Flight Simulator X G-SYNC-certified professional version and a Logitech G500/G600 joystick for console or P.C. However, there are others out there and plenty of pre-built controllers as well. They are available in various colours and designs and are all about the tactile feel of actual buttons, sticks and D-pads.

They are popular among professional flight simmers, who don’t mind shelling out the cash for premium accessories to ensure their experience is as authentic as possible. If you’re interested in looking at some of the world’s most realistic Flight Simulator controllers and take your first steps into the real-world Flight Simulator, here are the best ones to start with:

Best overall: Thrustmaster T.16000M FCS HOTAS
Best premium: Thrustmaster H.O.T.A.S. Warthog Flight Stick
Best value: Thrustmaster T.C.A. Sidestick Airbus Edition

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Other Useful Accessories:

Aerostats! Every flight to every airport is based on the maps released by Microsoft, so feel free to map your flying routes yourself. All you need is a skylight, and you can create a bugging view of your cockpit and a miniature in-cockpit view of a larger plane. No, your hangar can’t look like this, but it’s still a great way to build your aviation museum, or to spend some time in your own private plane.

And it might not be a purely aviation-based dream, but it’s a treat no gamer should miss out on. Take The Sims 4 for example. It’s a brilliant sim game, in which you are tasked with a variety of different jobs – often mundane and unrelated to the flight sim genre. Still, you can never get too immersed in a game that you’re only peripherally involved in.

Cockpit Displays:

One of the ways that aircraft owners can personalize their experience with Flight Simulators is to customize the surfaces of their instruments and cockpit screens. Cockpit displays are a particularly great way to enhance immersion and image fidelity, and they can come in all shapes and sizes.

If you want to make your simulator feel authentic, though, why not get one that’s built from aircraft-grade aircraft-grade aluminum? As anyone who’s ever tried to install an aftermarket cockpit display will tell you, though, that’s easier said than done. They’re time-consuming, costly, and complicated. Sometimes they’ll even require you to perform some of the most significant renovations to your aircraft to accomplish.
You can read more on this here.

Head Tracking:

Real-time flying sims allow you to pilot a vehicle like a jet fighter as you navigate around your ship and along the radar grid. Given that you’re so often sitting or crouching in-game, trying to figure out what the planes you’re flying across are seeing on the screen can be a frustrating affair. Head tracking, or seeing your entire field of view of your avatar on your headset, is a particularly effective option.

Check out TrackIr 5 Premium Head Tracking, a headset designed for flight sims. The hand controllers are motorized, allowing you to adjust their sensitivity according to your skill level.

V.R. Headsets:

vr headset

With so much choice in the headsets market, which should you pick? While you’re likely to spend the majority of your time using your PlayStation V.R. headset, other platforms offer an abundance of different hardware options for a better experience.

Of course, the easiest way to get in on the game would be to download and install their headsets and software and jump right in. However, there are a number of benefits to sticking with those purchasing a P.C. V.R. kit (P.C. vs. PS4). The biggest of which is the ability to run as many titles as you wish, whether they’re high-end releases or even emulated demos. Another thing to consider is the wide variety of local multiplayer titles, which you can’t enjoy when you’re strapped into your seat and using a pair of traditional PlayStation Move controllers.

Here’re Best V.R. Headsets For Flight Simulator 2020:

H.P. Reverb G2 Virtual Reality Headset
Valve Index VR Full Kit
Oculus Quest 2

Flight Simulator Headsets:

headset

As the new generation of commercial Flight Simulators grows more advanced, they become more realistic and immersive. With your head literally strapped to a giant jet turbine engine, you can actually feel as if you’re flying at 1,000 miles per hour. These headsets and headsets like it, called “head-mounted displays,” change the focus of the experience from just looking through a window at an unrealistic scene to feeling as if you’re flying it. Realistic flight sims like Microsoft Flight Simulator blend realism with a sense of scale, making it feel as if you’re truly piloting a huge plane that’s hurtling through the skies.

Best Flight Simulator Headsets of 2021:

Top Pick: Thrustmaster T.Flight U.S. Air Force Edition Headset
Great: HyperX Cloud Alpha
Comfort: Razer BlackShark V2

Conclusion:

The future of gaming is incredibly bright, and we’re only just hitting the tip of the iceberg. While there will undoubtedly be some gaming products that pass away before they are fully ready to be put to use in 2019, one cannot deny that the incredible feats of technology that we are working towards are certain to transform gaming in the next few years. These video games and flight simulations have the potential to be some of the best that we’ve ever had, and they’re certainly some of the most exciting too.

16 thoughts on “Flight Simulator Accessories for PC

  1. I have been trying to make up my mind about what pedal to buy. However, I have already made my choice. Unlike the potentiometers used in cheaper models, which operate based on pedal position, Thrustmaster pedal load cell works on pressure applied, like an actual brake pedal. That in itself is awesome.

    1. I believe the Logitech flight rudder pedals is good because you can adjust it based on your feet size. However that is up to you.

  2. Hi Mohamed,

    Wow, I had no idea all the accessories you could get to go along with a flight simulator program to make it so much more of a real set up in your own home. With the various items you are really able to create the ultimate flying experience. I like how you’ve provided different options so one can choose the best set up for ones home.

    Thanks for sharing!

    L, Sammy 

  3. Hello there! This is an informative post! For some reason, whenever I think of flight games, I automatically thinking of using the keyboard and mouse. But after reading your post and now that I think about it, it would make more sense to have certain gadgets like pedals and joystick. This would definitely create a much more realistic flight simulation experience. Might be too expensive for me to invest in at the moment but maybe at a later time. Thanks for this!

    1. Thanks for the great comment. When you get used to one of the accessories you will not need to use the keyboard much.

  4. WOW! I literally had no idea that this sector of gaming existed!!  If someone were to tell me that they experienced a flight simulation game, I would literally think of those giant damn near cardboard boxes that they used o have at the fair and at themeparks.  I think there was a really good star wars one at great America in san Jose ca but that was a long time ago.  thank you for your post, I’m interested in delving deeper!

  5. Hi, MElamin!
    Never thought it would be possible to access a flight simulator at home… but I would certainly like to try it! It’s a bit expensive though. I still dream of the day I could really steer a plane on my own.
    As a huge fan of every and each thing related to flight, I really enjoyed your review!
    Thanks a lot for sharing and keep safe!

  6. This actually looks really interesting does this Flight simulator. I’m just wondering though what level this simulator is on and with what intention it has been created. Would you say that this is made as a computer game or is it made as an actual flight simulator that you could train to be a pilot on?

  7. Hi, Mohamed.  This is a really cool article.  I never looked at flight simulation like this before, but with all the accessories you mentioned I could spend a long time in front of the computer.  A question I would ask is how close is a simulator like this to the real thing simulator.  What I’m asking is will spending time on this make me a better pilot or is it just for entertainment.  Thanks for the post.  I’ll be checking this out.

    1. The Flight Simulator is close to real thing when you get multiple monitors and accessories. Building a cockpit at home will make you feel like you are flying a real aircraft. A flight simulator can help you become a pilot because it is almost like flying a real aircraft.

  8. I had no idea flight simulation was so involved, and expensive! But hey, you really should have the best if you want a really true-to-life experience.  Thanks for the great recommendations for joysticks.  They all look like great options and I cant wait to look further into each of them before making a decision.  

    The rest of your recommendations are great.  Could you give me a specific recommendation for a headset that is lightweight? I would like to find something that feels most like I am wearing nothing at all if you know what I mean.  

    Sidenote, I had the privilege of going indoor skydiving the other day and they had a virtual reality option that I didn’t get to try.  🙁 How neat would it be to combine flight simulators and an indoor wind tunnel with VR?  It would be like you were bailing out of an aircraft you were flying yourself.  

    So cool! Thanks again and, again, it’s so exciting how true-to-life this equipment is getting.

    1. The Hyper X cloud headset only weight 309 grams or 0.68 pounds and there is Cloud Stinger that weighs 275 grams or 0.6 pounds and both weighs with mics. Yes it is possible to combine flight simulators and indoor wind tunnel.

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