vortex681

Promising new throttle quadrant?

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Although it's been mentioned briefly in another thread, I thought it was worth starting a new thread about this upcoming quadrant - http://flyhoneycomb.com/bravo-throttle-quadrant-2/. It looks very versatile with different configurations and includes things like a trim wheel, U/C selector, flap toggle switch and a basic autopilot panel. I've seen $199 mentioned as a proposed price which seems very reasonable for what you get if the quality is good.

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If the pots are of a higher quality than saitek's junk, or are easily replaceable, I'm in.

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I'm keeping my fingers crossed with this one. I was looking to add a second Saitek quadrant to my setup for flying twins but, for all of the extra functions this offers, I think I'll hold off until this is released and reviewed.

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That quadrant certainly looks extremely impressive, especially if the price is correct!

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Has anyone contacted them for more info? I have done so today. If they're at the RAF Cosford show in October or Lelystad in November it might be the next big thing.

I'll reply here when I hear from them.

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@flytrumpet767, did you ever hear from them? I wrote to them yesterday but haven't heard back overnight.

Rather odd for a new company wanting to break into the FS market. :rolleyes:

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I emailed them four days ago and have not had a reply so if this speaks of their communication then I am not interested. 

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They haven't even gone to market with any of their products yet so maybe we should cut them a little slack - I know of big organisations with plenty of retail products who have appalling customer service!

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On 18/08/2017 at 2:01 PM, vortex681 said:

They haven't even gone to market with any of their products yet so maybe we should cut them a little slack - I know of big organisations with plenty of retail products who have appalling customer service!

They said these products would be available by the summer. Well there's 11 days left and still no reply from them. It might be acceptable to have appalling customer service when you're an established company and the quality of your products lets you get away with it but as a fledgling one it doesn't bode well before your first product is available.

I'll give them the benefit of possibly being on holiday and will send another message on 1 Sept.

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21 minutes ago, Ray Proudfoot said:

They said these products would be available by the summer.

It's a little disappointing, but they wouldn't be the first company to miss a deadline (especially as a startup). I'm not desperate for a replacement quadrant at the moment so I'm happy to just wait it out until someone actually gets their hands on one to test. Have you tried their press info email address from the website (av@flyhoneycomb.com)?

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There is a time and place to attack established companies for daring to miss an email. 

Start up niche companies for flight simming is not that place. Get over your self guys! 

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3 hours ago, vortex681 said:

It's a little disappointing, but they wouldn't be the first company to miss a deadline (especially as a startup). I'm not desperate for a replacement quadrant at the moment so I'm happy to just wait it out until someone actually gets their hands on one to test. Have you tried their press info email address from the website (av@flyhoneycomb.com)?

It's not the late arrival of any hardware that's disappointing. It's the lack of response from them. With them announcing a new throttle quadrant you assume there are people working there so why doesn't anyone check their email?

My Saitek throttle quadrants are starting to misbehave so this unit looks promising. I'll try that address, thanks.

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54 minutes ago, zmak said:

There is a time and place to attack established companies for daring to miss an email. 

Start up niche companies for flight simming is not that place. Get over your self guys! 

Attack? Don't be so ridiculous. People here have written to them in January and never received a reply. No-one forced them to include a 'Contact Us' link on their website. If they're going to do that then at least have the civility to reply to polite enquiries.

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7 minutes ago, Ray Proudfoot said:

Attack? Don't be so ridiculous. People here have written to them in January and never received a reply. No-one forced them to include a 'Contact Us' link on their website. If they're going to do that then at least have the civility to reply to polite enquiries.

So they are ignoring you. That Doesn't make any sense.

 

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53 minutes ago, zmak said:

So they are ignoring you. That Doesn't make any sense.

 

No I'm not saying that. They're not answering their emails assuming they've reached their inbox. But assuming the emails are reaching their inbox it seems odd they're not replying to potential customers. I don't know what's going on but it doesn't bode well for a fledgling company.

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I'm pleased to report I've received a reply from av@flyhoneycomb.com today. I don't think I'm giving away any state secrets when I paste their reply. Apparently they were away on business trips.

Thank you for your interest in our products and apologies for the delay in replying to your email. I have been traveling for the last few weeks.

We’re still in the development stage, but expect to start mass production towards the end of the year. Tooling for the injection mold will begin in the next two weeks and adjustments to that will determine when we can start manufacturing.

We want to make sure to bring out the best product possible and are taking no shortcuts, even if it means delaying the product a month or two.

At this point we’re expecting to participate in both shows with prototypes of both products through our European distributor, Aerosoft.

Things are looking good and as I shall be attending both the Cosford and Lelystad shows I should be able to get a good feel for the hardware. If it feels and works as well as it looks I should have a replacement for my Saitek kit early next year.

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Wow! The silence is deafening. I would have expected that news like this would have been appreciated by those looking for an upgrade on the Saitek. :huh:

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I checked out the TQ and for the price it's not bad at all. I've been wanting to upgrade my CH TQ for some time now. If they have interchangeable throttle levers for 4 engine jets than sign me up. If they stay with the GA layout than I may have to pass. And please let them use digital pots.

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25 minutes ago, Ray Proudfoot said:

Wow! The silence is deafening. I would have expected that news like this would have been appreciated by those looking for an upgrade on the Saitek. :huh:

The point is it has a different form factor from the Saitek Yoke. I have a XTOP panel where the Saitek Yoke form-fits, no chance to integrate that new gadget in any way. And besides the XTOP, there are a number of similar Saitek-adapted panels out now.

Otherwise I might have considered a substitution.

Kind regards, Michael

 

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2 hours ago, Wise87 said:

I checked out the TQ and for the price it's not bad at all. I've been wanting to upgrade my CH TQ for some time now. If they have interchangeable throttle levers for 4 engine jets than sign me up. If they stay with the GA layout than I may have to pass. And please let them use digital pots.

Dan,

This is taken from their website...

The Honeycomb Bravo Throttle Quadrant is an all-in-one cockpit system featuring a configurable throttle setup, from single-engine general aviation to four-engine commercial aircrafts. It features multiple cockpit components including autopilot, annunciator panel, gear & flaps lever as well as a trim wheel.

From the look of it with all six axes equally spaced it would appear it can be configured as you wish.

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