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michal

A shift away from flight yokes?

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I've been considering replacing my very old CH Products flight yoke with a more up to date USB version, but now I'm considering moving to a joystick. After looking around and giving it a little bit of notice, I'm seeing that many aircraft are now moving over to having joystick-type configurations instead of flight yokes. So, what I once considered making my flights more relistic may eventually take realism away.For instance, take a look at the flight decks of both the Cirrus SR-20 and SR-22 (http://cirrusdesign.com/aircraft/gallery/). Here's a general aviation aircraft which does not have a flight yoke. Also, for commercial aircraft, look at the Airbus A380 (http://airbus.dyndns.info/A380/Flight_Deck.htm). Same thing, sticks mounted on the left side of the pilot and to the right side of the copilot.What's your thoughts on it?Kenneth

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Get both. It seems to me the majority of aircraft still use the yoke design, with the exception of the examples you provided, plus all the acrobatic planes and a bunch of the older models. So I guess it depends on what you fly most often, but I'm very happy having both. When I'm in the mood for a little dogfighting or putting on a show, I unplug the yoke and grab the stick. But otherwise, and assuming you don't want to buy both, I'd stick (no pun) with the yoke.

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