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Gentlemen, I recently sent Ch Products an e-mail in regards to them coming out with a stand alone Throttle Quadrant, that would go along with the CH Flight Sim Yoke. I hate those little 3 levers, especially when your trying to land and turn the aircraft...your hand is sometimes in the way. Well...I recieved an e-mail back from CH Products, Michael Sexton, Systems Administrator CH Products...Here is a copy of his e-mail back to me.......Sir, We are looking into a Throttle Quad but we are unsure of the market potential of a Throttle Quad. If you have some friends who are looking for one by al means have them send in e-mail requests so we can have an accurate gauge of market. Also since it is still in development I would love to hear what you are looking for in a Quadrant (as well as price suggestions).http://www.chproducts.com/retail/index.html I would think If we would all send in suggestions and show CH Products that there is a market for this product.ThanksMark Caspermcasper@comcast.net

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I quite understand the hesitation of CH Products if there's a market for such a device. There are already high-end products available (and their products are in the low-end mass market), plus:- The market for such a throttle quadrant will be substantially less than for joysticks, yokes and pedals.- Unlike joysticks and yokes, a throttle quadrant is relatively easy to build yourself (which a lot of people have done)Rob

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WHAT!!! Last I saw was that they put it on hold for some reason and that was 5 months ago. It sounds like they never started!I'm in there for 1

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Hi,I wrote their VP of Sales and Marketing a few weeks ago. Got an e-mail back saying that project had been put on indefinite hold, no plans to start it up again any time soon. Although I have the Flightsim Yoke, USB (3 lever), and do like it very much, since it is kind of what I was used to when I was flying, it still does not provide me with the multiengine cabability that is realistic. Since my aircraft of choice is either the Baron or KA350 (or maybe another turbo prop)I would really like a standalone that would work with the three lever yoke, freeing up the three levers for things like spoilers, reverse thrust, flaps, etc.If they come up with one, I will be at the front of the line to buy one. Has to be compatible with the yoke I mentioned though.Just my 2 cents worth.Paul

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Just sent an email stating that I'd buy one if it would offer "out of the box" independent engine control - ie a split throttle. I already have a Suncom that works OK - can't get the throttles working independently - but I would certainly buy one from CH. I already have one 2 of their yokes and a set of rudder pedals.This is a good post. We need to inspire CH.Adam

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What does it mean when somebody posts only the word "BUMP" in a message?

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I sent them an email a couple of weeks ago, I got two responses from two different people at CH:Reply #1:We are working on it.Sorry to be vague but that is about all I can say.Warm Regards,Brenda HayesReply #2:Thank you for your recent email inquiring on the Throttle Quadrant development.Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have put a hold on this project until further notice.Any new developments on this and other future projects will be released via our online newsletter. If you are not already subscribed to our newsletter, you may do so on our website at http://www.chproducts.com/retail/subscrib.html.Thank you for your patience and understanding.Best Regards,Debby McDowellDirector of Sales & Marketing

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AI also recieved the same letter from Debby, and then the following day I recieved the letter from Michael Sexton, wanting to know if there was a market for the throttle quadrant. I would like to think so....I have seen PFC site and I like there quadrants, but they are only setup for gameport, NOT USB...and the converter will not work, according to the Tech. Plus I would like to see something a little less expensive for a throttle quadrant than PFC's.Mark

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They do have a throttle, it is not a quadrant, but it is made for for gaming in that it is oriented for the left hand. If they made the same product with a right hand orientation, it would be a start..CH Throttle SpecsPrice is kind of high..Thanks!Barry

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I have been using the suncom for 2 years, and I do have dual control and thrust reverse, is you need help to set it up let me know. I think I can try to remember what I did to get it to work.

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The problem is that the throttle you mention is just that--a throttle. And specifically configured for the left hand, which works great in fighter type aircraft and helicopters. Adn if that were all I flew, I would get it.What I, and others I assume, are looking for is something that is USB connected and will provide dual, independent engine controls, for all three lever functions, so it works in GA light twins, turboprop twins, and even jets with the levers reconfigured to work other than prop and mixture. For me, I would pay a reasonable (read: about the cost of the USB 3 lever yoke) price for this item. Sure would improve the sim experience for me. Again, my 2 cents (or am I now up to 4 cents? :-) )Pauledit: PS, it would also be nice if they threw in flap and gear levers as well--but not a show stopper for me if they do not. Still... :-)

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I bought two CH FlightSim Yokes USB with T/P/M. Cut the T/P/M out of both units and made my Dual T/P/M controls...

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I personally use the Thrustmaster Attack Throttle. It is a 1 lever throttle that was modeled after the F117 one. It is ment for left hand use but I simply use it right hand by turning the whole controller and by switching the option: reverse throttle axis in FS. It is not expensive, I got it 2 years ago for about 50$. The only problem with it is that it is 1 lever only and it does not work with XP! No drivers were updated for XP since the device itslef does not work with XP as they said... It is gamerport as well so it needs to be pluged in a joystick...To see what the Thrustmaster Attack Throttle looks like go here:http://www.migman.com/hw/control/tm/attackthrottle.htmActually I use it with a CH Flight Sim Yoke LE with Pro Pedals but I hate the throttle lever that is mounted on the CH yoke. It is really not practicle at all. One needs to flip his hand around the yoke handle to control the throttle and that can hurt your arms. Also it is small...I would be interested to see what throttle, CH had in mind. I was hoping they develop a 4 levers jet quadrant with a price in their controllers range but it seems they won't... Too bad because PFC stuff are wonderful but very expensive for meThey sound like Thrustmaster who were going to develop a Force Feedback Yoke a couple of years ago but it seems they placed it on the ice...CheersMichel

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I was thinking of doing something like Fox did. I was going to find three cheap 2-axis USB joysticks, or two cheap 3-axis USB joysticks, and build my own throttle quadrant.I looked at the PFC throttles, but I don't like that they use the serial port. If they'd come out with one that is true USB, instead of using a serial port and special driver, I'd reconsider. I know they have a USB adapter, but that doesn't make it a USB device.

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This is my dream throttle quadrant, http://www.simw.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=d...details&pid=823 , but realistically $2000 is impossible to justify. I wish CH would get their project underway. Does anyone have direct contact e-mail address for any heavy hitters at CH?Boyd BarkerSenior Command CaptainKBOS Hub ManagerWestWind Airlineshttp://home.houston.rr.com/checklist/DFexperience.jpghttp://home.houston.rr.com/checklist/checklist.htmlMy DF737 Around the World Adventure: http://home.houston.rr.com/checklist/aroundtheworld.html

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Brenda Hayes ) Send it -- Michael SextonThey are looking for in-put from all of us.

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How much did you spend on your last computer? I'm guessing the quadrant will be around a whole lot longer....

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I'll throw my vote in as well, email sent.. :-wave---Banners? We don't need no stinkin' banners!---Visualize PAI sig banner here.

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Good point, except that you can't fly without a computer! So in essence, what you're saying is "you spent $2000 bucks on a computer, why is it such a problem to spend another 2 grand on a throttle quadrant" !? It's not a matter of how long it'll last, just simple finances. But I am interested in that CH Yoke cannibalization. Now that looks promising, and for $200 no less.

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Dan, they went out of business years ago. I bought mine from some mail order place that still had them. Just do a search for suncom strikefighter, I think that was the name. I hope you can find one as they do work great! They are GAMEPORT Only but it does work great with my CH USB yoke and pedals.Go for it and I hope there are some still around so you can enjoy it like I have for that last 2 years +BTW CH I would still buy yours so make the dam thing!Dan, here is a link I found http://www.simso.com/pchardware/details.as...Code='SUNSFSTH'

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Hi Ihor, Did you use the USB adapter to get the split throttle working? I picked up an adapter but got so frustrated with it that I just use the throttles together. If it were an easy process, I would do it. If you can remember how you did it, I would try again.Thanks, Adam

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