My flight controls came in today!
I got the Saitek PRO control package from MyPilotStore.com. All the controls were competitively priced and came in decent bundle packages for even more savings. Ordering was painless and shipping was quick.
In the package was a Saitek/Logitech Flight Yoke with Throttle Quadrant, Switch Panel, Avionics/Radios Panel, Auto Pilot/Trim/Flaps panel, Two Flight Instrument LCD Panels and the Saitek/Logitech Pro Rudders. After unboxing and mounting them to the Wheel Stand I decided to get another Throttle Quadrant for Twin Engines and at least one more FIP LCD. I'll get another FIP LCD later on down the road in order to make my "Instrument T"
Mounting took a few minutes. All the screws were provided and any extra mounting hardware came with the Wheel Stand. The process took about 15 to 20 minutes and I briefly needed one other person's help to hold the three panels while I inserted the screws. Documentation in the box was pretty much non-existent. Thankfully there's the website that had drivers and FAQs. The one thing that I did find is that I needed a USB hub one with at least 8 to 10 ports. And a POWERED one at that. I tried using a small unpowered hub at first but got no response out of Windows or the instruments. Once I hooked up an old powered hub I had around things worked out.
Another issue I had was with the Autopilot Panel. Apparently there is an issue with it and Windows 10. I did a search on the web and found a registry hack that disabled advanced power management for the panel. This was preventing the LED from turning on all the time. Once the registry hack was applied I had no further issues with it. Well, at least with FS-X and P3Dv4. X-Plane was a bit glitchy with that particular panel. The numbers weren't scrolling as I turned the nub. It almost looked like a clock with a dead battery. Maybe another Win10 issue.
Flying was a breeze. After 15 years in PC FlightSim I actually had a blast and an easy time configuring my flight. No having to remember key mappings or mousing over to the radio dials.
Merry Christmas to me!