Joystick or Keyboard?

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Joystick or Keyboard?

Post by Not1011 » Fri Dec 21, 2018 2:25 pm

I haven't played YSFlight for about a month now (dang FSX is addictive). I often played with keyboard, sometimes playing with joystick.

What do you use? Or prefer?
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Re: Joystick or Keyboard?

Post by Turbofan » Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:00 pm

I use the mouse and keyboard. Mouse for pitch and roll, left mouse button for spoilers fully deployed/fully retracted (on main gear touchdown), right mouse button for full reverse thrust after landing (if needed), and the keyboard everything else. As far as yaw is concerned, I have auto-rudder switched on. Manually trying to move the rudder while flying in YS just doesn't work like it should.
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Re: Joystick or Keyboard?

Post by u2fly » Fri Dec 21, 2018 8:08 pm

I also use keyboard and mouse: mouse movements used for control turret, LMB used for shoot machine gun, RMB used for select weapon.

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Re: Joystick or Keyboard?

Post by decaff_42 » Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:12 pm

I started playing with a mouse, but transitioned to a joystick.

It depends on what kind of flying you want to do, but for civilian, mouse has a few advantages.
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Re: Joystick or Keyboard?

Post by Indy » Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:27 pm

As mentioned above, mouse and keyboard works just fine for civilian use. It's also a lot more convenient and efficient when it comes to having to reach for all the buttons depending on your set-up.

If you're into precision or aerobatic flying, a proper joystick (and maybe even pedals) are essential.

I personally am using the Thrustmaster Warthog stick & throttle along with Saitek Pro Flight pedals. I've also had plenty of experience with and really like the Thrustmaster T-Flight stick which I still bring with me on trips since it's reliable and much easier to transport.

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Re: Joystick or Keyboard?

Post by Flake » Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:36 pm


I often dig out my joystick now-days but for the longest time I flew with a mouse, and you can pull off a damned decent formation with it with a high enough DPI and appropriate settings.
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Re: Joystick or Keyboard?

Post by Gunny » Sat Dec 22, 2018 2:07 am

I use [Sietek Proflight yoke], rudder pedels[CH Pro], throttle quadrant[Fsxthrottle, gear, brakes, elev., rudder trim, Prop RPM], and a button console[Desktop aviator] for avionics and Navs. Works really good for single and twin light A/C GA flights that I exclusively fly. Still, need a few keyboard assignments for general YS utilities. 2015 version.

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