recently I came across a brand new joystick and throttle unit edition by Thrustmaster. I have to tell you about my enthusiasm and first experiences.
I am not working for or are in any way connected to the manufacturer!!!
I am not advertising this hardware nor am I recommending it.
So let's get started: What's so special about a new joystick?
Well, the units (see below) truly look like the original AIRBUS (and are officially certified by Airbus) hardware
- joystick and
- pedestal units with exact replications of
- engine start switches,
- parking brake,
- gear lever and
- flaps handle
- including a vast amount of programmable buttons.
It even has a locking mechanism which lets you disable the joystick handle's rotation, if used with pedals.
The joystick is already available.
The other units, starting with the throttle unit are announced to be on the market as of late September 2020.
Thrustmaster also offers a table mounting unit for the devices.
...and from my point of view and -at least for the joystick- with a "hands on" experience, it is very good quality for a very reasonable price!
The only problem at first look on the website for us MAC users is: Thrustmaster clearly indicates, this hardware would be compatible with WINDOWS only.
Well, I gave it at try:-)
.... and I can tell you, the joystick itself does work very well with the iMAC!!!
... it is incredible to fly the Aerofly FS A320 with this joystick:-)
But be reminded
this is an Airbus -fly by wire- joystick, so there are no buttons for elevator trim on top of it, but one can assign the functions to the buttons on the base of the joystick for use with other aircraft.
The only thing is, the downloadable accompanying software is for WIN only, but I don't know what its for anyway.
I thought I do share this info with you MAC folks, as nobody has written anything yet about compatibility.