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  1. Hi everyone, I am now the proud owner of a Thrustmaster TCA Boeing flight yoke plus the Honeycomb Bravo throttle quadrant. Christmas has come earlier and my family has racked up a debt equivalent to a small third world country! I intend in the near future to add the Airbus throttle lever set and maybe a joystick, but I think that more than likely I’ll just use the yoke for the Airbus anyway just like I’ve always done. So yesterday, after much head damage and stretching under the desk in dark corners, l set it all up - phase 1 done. Then after much assigning/configuring and expletives, phase 2 was completed and the PMDG 737 is ready to fly. Today I move onto the GA lever set for my Cessna. Thank you all for your opinions and input, I’m glad that I’ve gone the extra mile and bought a great set up, I’m really impressed with the quality of both products. Have great Christmas everyone and a Happy New Year! Best regards, Mike. P.S. sock drawer now has room for flight lever sets not in use 😜😜
  2. Hi All, thank you for all your suggestions and comments, i really appreciate it. Terry, thank you so much for your detailed reply, I’m still laughing at the socks link 😂😂😂😂. I think I’m leaning towards Thrustmaster at the moment but still not 100%. It’s definitely an expensive minefield but on the other hand it’s false economy to buy cheap and then upgrade again later. I’ll let you know when I’ve finally decided. I think that the family may be buying my Christmas, birthday and next Christmas present all in one go. Got to be better than socks though, right? Cheers, Mike
  3. Thank you everybody for your input. Has anyone used or know of anyone that’s used the Turtle Beach Velocity One yoke? It looks very suitable for Boeing aircraft and Cessnas, if I was to add a side stick it would be ok for an Airbus. I saw it on Amazon today but no one here has mentioned it. Not sure if that’s good or bad. Many thanks, Mike
  4. Thank you everybody for your input. Has anyone used or know of anyone that’s used the Turtle Beach Velocity One yoke? It looks very suitable for Boeing aircraft and Cessnas, if I was to add a side stick it would be ok for an Airbus. I saw it on Amazon today but no one here has mentioned it. Not sure if that’s good or bad. Many thanks, Mike
  5. Hi all, With Christmas looming up and my family never knowing what to buy me, I’ve decided that my aged Saitek Pro yoke is getting a bit long in the tooth (a bit like me). I intend to keep the Saitek rudder pedals which I am happy with. I’d appreciate any suggestions/opinions from the community as to what would be a good replacement for it. Price is not entirely an issue as long as it’s not exorbitant, but I’d probably stretch a bit if the product seemed much better than other contenders. I am an MSFS user these days and my aircraft of choice that I use regularly are the PMDG 737, FBW Airbus A320 and the Cessna 172 for my VFR flying. Obviously the Boeing and Airbus systems are completely different so I’m looking for a hybrid yoke that would suit all. I’d be very interested to hear your views and experiences on what you consider a good choice would be. Please save me from another 200 pairs of socks! 😕😕 Regards Mike
  6. c912039 and Marc Collins, Thank you both for your comments, it appears that one of you had REX problems and the other MSFS!. I've been busy for the past few days so haven't had much time to further this, but I do appreciate your time and input. I'm going to try and reach REX now to see if I can resolve this, at the moment I can't even log into REX Axis, it's saying my profile doesn't exist so I can't even download the original Accuseason product. When I eventually get this sorted, I may even stay with the original product for a while because there is definitely something buggy going on with the Advanced version. I'm hoping that a hotfix is issued soon. Marc, as you're probably aware, there's an MSFS update tomorrow, so I hope that it helps resolve your issues. Regards, Mike
  7. I just came across this post by googling "1.33.8.0" looking for answers and was surprised to find this. On Thursday 21st I loaded MSFS and there was a Mandatory update for 1.33.8.0 which surprised me as I wasn't expecting another update until next week. The post title describes my situation perfectly. Somehow it's done me a lot of damage too. My FBW 320 has disappeared as well as my PMDG aircraft. The PMDG Operations Center shows that I have no aircraft which in turn does not show my aircraft in Navigraph. Windows Control Panel shows many of my programs installed but the "date modified", "type", and "size" are all empty. Even unrelated items e.g. Nvidia drivers, Bitdefender etc are blank. I'm not even sure of the full extent yet, just doing damage limitation now and reinstalling all the blank ones to be sure. I suspect a registry problem. The only other possible culprit is REX Accuseason Advanced which I installed around the same time. There have many problems with this that a well documented on many forums. If anyone else has had similar problems in the last few days, I'd be interested to hear your comments. Many thanks, Mike
  8. Only found out today. Can’t believe it, inspired me through my early FSX days. R.I.P. Matt
  9. I am getting some of the issues described by various people. I have TC installed on a separate drive. Could this possibly cause issues with missing aircraft etc? Mike
  10. This is what concerns me. Rex started off behind but they do seem to be keeping on top of updates. I’m also drawn to the weekly season changes in REX rather than every 45 days. Thank all of you for your opinions. Think I might give Accuseason a try. regards Mike
  11. Hi All, I know that this subject has been covered before, but I can't find any recent comparisons between Bijan Seasons 7.2 and the latest Rex Accuseason. Most comparisons are 10 months old now and from what I can gather Rex has grown up a bit since then. I already have the Bijan product but I haven't seen much in the way of updates for a few months. Anyone got any thoughts/suggestions on this? Regards, Mike
  12. Regarding reverse thrust for the PMDG 737 in MSFS, I found that this worked if you have the Saitek Pro Flight Yoke/throttle quadrant. Make sure engines are running. Go to Controls menu make sure filter is set to ALL. Select your flight yoke option. Go to Power Management/Throttle section. Look for "Throttle 1 decrease". Click on empty left hand column, and in window that opens click on search by input. Press down throttle lever (black knob "Z" axis) to indented position. "Z" should appear in left column. Make sure action type is set to "On Press". Validate command and apply and save, Now do exactly the same for "Throttle 2 decrease" Now go back to the cockpit and depress the throttle, you should see both throttle reverse levers come forward and the main forward levers stay at idle. Just lift the physical lever out of the detent and throttle returns to idle. This method will only give you full reverse thrust but it does the job. I personally couldn't get other suggestions posted on forums to work but I know that some people have had success. Hope this helps all you Saitek users out there. Regards, Mike
  13. Frank, I think that teleportation, space/ time paradoxes or wormholes could be the problem 😜 Mike
  14. Phil, yes I found out afterwards that there as indeed a server outage which have a bearing on my problem. Thanks for your input. Frank, I tried your suggestion of signing out and then signing back in, but unfortunately that didn't work. Looks like I've lost a lot of flying hours! Yes, I've also had the "in the vicinity" and 0 landings and takeoffs. I guess over time Microsoft/Asobo will get it right, still early days yet. Just a suggestion, but if you really want to start over again, why not recreate your profile? Many thanks Mike
  15. Hi All, today I sent the following to Zendesk which is self explanatory “When I first launched MSFS today I had a message stating that the internet connection was lost (my internet was working outside of the simulator). I'm not sure if that is relevant but I mention it just on case. I then had a message saying that Content Manager was not up to date, I could not get off this screen so I had to use End Task to close MSFS. I closed down the PC and when I went back a couple of hours later and launched MSFS everything was working fine, lost connection problem had disappeared. I carried out a small flight in the Cessna 172, live weather etc all good. At the end of the flight, this was recorded in the log book, but when I looked more carefully, this was the ONLY flight recorded!! I have lost over 70 hours of flying time!! Is there any way to recover this?? Is there a back up somewhere??“ Has anyone else experienced this? And you have, is there a solution.? Many thanks, Mike
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