The Logitech Pro Flight Yoke is a veteran of the flight simulator scene, which has enjoyed great popularity for over 10 years. With the revival of flight simulation with Microsoft’s Flight Simulator X in 2007, Saitek achieved a big coup. The manufacturer Saitek went to Logitech in 2016, where the production was continued. Luckily it can be said, because there is a good reason why this yoke is so popular with virtual pilots. For just under 140 euros, this beautiful piece of hardware offers the enthusiast many advantages and all this at a reasonable price.
The Yoke comes with a little throttle block. This is designed for a single engine machine. The blue axis is mostly used for the propeller position (prop), the red axis for the mixture and the black axis for the throttle. Of course, the axles can also be used in any other way you like. The main module has a display in the middle, where you can see the
time or a timer can be displayed. In addition there are a total of 8 buttons, five on the yoke and three on the throttle block. There is a coolie hat button on the left side of the yoke, which is great for controlling the view in the cockpit. Underneath there is a switch that controls the landing flaps. On the other side there are two more switches of the same design, most likely intended for trimming the aircraft. There is also a red push button.
The material used here is plastic, which is quite comfortable to touch. However, sweaty hands can cause the surfaces to stick together. The axis accuracy is very good with the Yoke
appropriate to the price. For this price a construction with resistant metal parts is not to be expected. Despite all this, my Saitek Yoke has served me well for over 5 years. Of course, after a certain amount of time you will notice some wear and tear, but that is within an acceptable range. If you are not satisfied with the pre-set handling of the yoke, you have the possibility to install other rubber bands on your own.
I have also done this with my model and I can recommend it to anyone who wants to get the last bit out of their yoke. You can find an instructional video here. According to reports, some models of the Yoke have very wide zero zones. I don’t have this problem with my yoke myself.
So if you get your hands on one of these Monday models, use your right and ask for a new one. For this reason I cannot recommend a used purchase of this model.
As with any yoke, the Logitech Pro Flight Yoke is mounted on the top of the table with the supplied screw clamp. When “planning the table” you should keep this in mind, because the keyboard has to be placed elsewhere. Some users also screw the yoke under the table to keep the table top free at the top. Depending on the table there are different possibilities. If you are toying with the idea, you can find more information about mounting under the table here.
plugin and play
The Logitech Pro Flight Yoke connects to your PC or Mac via a USB port. The Throttle-Block does not have an extra USB port like the Thrustmaster Warthog’s and is therefore not usable without Yoke. In general the product is “Plug and Play” capable. Plug it in, Windows loads the drivers automatically and be happy. With me it was not necessary to install the provided drivers, because the automatically loaded ones worked fine.
Key mapping in X-Plane
Also the included software was not necessary, because the switch assignment is controlled by X-Plane anyway. However, it may well be that for other applications without integrated setup the supplied software is necessary. Thanks to the acquisition of Logitech, this software can now be downloaded directly from the Logitech website. Unfortunately, Logitech has not covered itself with fame, because the software looks as old as the Yoke is. It does do its job, but I would like to see more features and a more user-friendly design.
After the easy connection, the axes and buttons in X-Plane still have to be assigned. X-Plane 11 provides this for an efficient setup dialog with search function. If there are still any open wishes, there is the possibility of assigning several buttons with a few lines of code. This is useful, for example, for toggle switches on which the landing lights are placed on the left and right. For this I use FlywithLua for X-Plane 11. If you are interested in this project, please read my short introduction.
Stability Augementation and axes on non linear
Finally, I recommend setting the axis sensitivity. I would turn off the Stability Augmentation to avoid artificially stabilizing the aircraft. This makes it a bit more difficult in the beginning, but in my opinion you should choose the “right” settings directly. Furthermore I recommend to switch the axes to “non linear”. This gives you more movement around the zero point. So you can control more precisely in this range.
Price performance = Good
Plug and Play – immediately usable in X-Plane without extra software
External throttle block: freely placeable – optimum freedom
Display – timer function
Long durability: lasts for years with good care
Customizable: Adaptation of the control unit by installing new rubber bands is possible
Made of plastic
Relatively large zero zone
A clear purchase recommendation to those who do not insist on a metal yoke and do not have premium requirements for this device. That was meant to be, he does well. Here and there it has a few minor weaknesses like the plastic construction on and in the case. The price-performance ratio is good and the compatibility includes both PC and Mac. At the moment the Yoke is offered for a little more than 100 GBP.