MD-Terp wrote:I had a Saitek ST90 and was happier once I got a Logitech Extreme 3D Pro. I'll second what others said that having rudder control on an axis of some sort rather than by buttons is pretty much essential for heli control or for certain aerobatics. I'll also EMPHATICALLY second that the more buttons you have, the better.
Well, I'll have to see about getting a new joystick whenever I can afford one. The only problem I'll have with having more buttons, is that Windows seems to have a problem with not understanding what I mean when I specify that the screensaver should never come on. Joystick input does not register like mouse or keyboard input, and does not prevent the screensaver from coming on. It does make flying a little more exciting, though, especially if it happens right after you go into a full blackout in full screen and have no idea what's going on for a second or two
I have managed to do hammerheads and aerobatic spins despite having rudder control tied to aileron control through use of the trigger button, but I can fly a heli only if it does not have a yasim fdm, otherwise, it rolls over shortly after the engine reaches 100 percent rpms, even though I pull the collective carefully. I wouldn't mind having a hat to adjust my view, as it gets to be a little chaotic trying to juggle the keyboard, mouse, and joystick all at the same time.