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Upgrade Yoke and Pedals?

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I've been MS Flight Sim flying since the earliest days at Meigs Field.  I have a CH Flight Sim Yoke and Pro Pedals I purchased many years ago, at least a decade but probably more.  Everything still works and is reasonably smooth and linear.  I clean the parts and never have any problems with the yoke, throttle, prop, mixture, or pedals.

I am upgrading all my PC hardware in anticipation of August 18 and Flight Sim 2020.

I've read a lot about the newer yokes and pedals but wonder how much improvement I will experience by spending $750 or more to upgrade the controls?

I fly almost 100% GA, low and slow.  I like to hand fly and spend most of my time in mountains or other challenging terrain from the San Diego mountains north to Alaska.  I love to fly float planes in British Columbia but seldom venture more than 5,000 feet AGL.  Complex systems managed airplanes are not of interest to me, the most complex plane I fly is a Mooney with modern GPS. 

How much "improved yoke and pedal feel" will I gain by spending a bit of money.  Fortunately, a bit of money spent on flight sim is no big deal in our household.

I have the same general question about upgrading my Saitek ST290 joystick.  I don't really like the feel it gives me and just need a smoother stick to use with my A2A J3. 

Thanks for any input. 

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TacomaSailor,

I could have have written your post a couple months ago as the flying you do almost exactly describes my interests.  I very recently replaced my Saitek yoke with the VirtualFly Yoko + yoke.  So far, I’m loving it.  Aside from the feel of the yoke, including the smoothness and fluidity of the mechanism’s movement, which is a huge improvement over the Saitek yoke, the control of the ailerons and elevators is much finer than that of the Saitek.  I even found that I no longer need/want to use the FSUIPC slope adjustment/ calibration with the Yoko + because the control input into the sim (P3Dv4.5) seems much more natural without any additional configuration modification (FSUIPC slope adjustment).  I have no regrets replacing the Saitek yoke with the Virtual Fly Yoko +.

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21 hours ago, TacomaSailor said:

I've read a lot about the newer yokes and pedals but wonder how much improvement I will experience by spending $750 or more to upgrade the controls?

 

What type of controls are you planning for?  Yoke and rudder pedals I see.  Any panels?  Considering use of a tablet?  Is $750 your budget?  Lot of questions, but please frame your request, otherwise you will continue to get recommendations that may or may not be out of your budget range.
 
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