Saitek Pro Flight Rudder Pedals

Pinned on August 28, 2013 at 6:55 pm by Nancy Bravo

Saitek Pro Flight Rudder Pedals

Complete your virtual pilot’s controller setup and take flight simulation reality to the next level with the Pro Flight Rudder Pedals. Control the rudder and toe brakes of your aircraft with your feet – just like real pilots. Adjustable, smooth action gives you optimum control and realism, and brings you even closer to the experience of flying a real aircraft.

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Nick says:

Great, but use extreme care. After learning the “hard” way, the Rudder Pedals work Great! First (and very importantly) do NOT try to assign any functions to the pedals using your feet! After plugging in the USB connection put them on a flat surface and use your hands when moving the pedals to assign the right and left “Differential Brake” functions, then again using your hands, assign the “Rudder Axis” function.Secondly, do not get overly exuburent when imputing the right or left “Rudder”, if you hit the stops “firmly” the pedals will LOCK-UP! You will then have to remove 20 screws, and carefully re-align the pedals so they “unlock”, then have to reinstall the 20 screws! Trust me, I’ve done it three times (greatly increasing my “expletive deleted” vocabulary in the process!) In spite of the above, they work well. I am a retired corporate pilot and use my flight sim to practice instrument procedures.

P. Scott Pope "Scott Pope" says:

Nice but could be a Bit Sturdier As someone new to flight simulators, these were the first rudder pedals I have ever used. My general impression is that they work well but their flimsy construction is disconcerting. As I haven’t ever used CH pedals, it is difficult to assess what would be considered sturdy for a consumer product like this. However, the Saitek pedals feel as if they would be damaged by putting any amount of weight on the pedal surface. Not only is the plastic rather thin but the whole apparatus is extremely light. Saitek should have used some inexpensive ballast to rectify the latter problem.Unfortunately, the light weight means they are not stable when used straight out of the box. With several through holes, the designers are probably suggesting the user mount the base to a heavier object. To use them on carpet, I took a different approach. In each of the eight holes, I mounted a set screw with a flat machined end. These were adjusted with a nut and large washer (for weight distribution) to allow a 3/8″ elevation. The screws will penetrate the pile and resist any forward movement. To increase the effect, I attached eight, one pound lead ingots with double-sided tape to the base. This arrangement provides a very stable platform.In my ten hours of Flight Simulator X, I haven’t found any problems with pedals. However, I did observe some minor flutter on occasion when using the Saitek diagnostic software. It generally goes away after some movement.Despite concerns over the construction, the pedals have some nice features. There is an adjustable tension knob in the center of the pedals. In addition, the pedal surface is adjustable for different shoe sizes.In general, the Saitek Pro Flight Rudder pedals work well and look nice. It would just be more comforting if Saitek used a few more millimeters of plastic on the pedals and base.ProsAccuracyEasy to setupFeatures (tension knob and adjustable pedal surface)ConsFlimsySome flutterToo light

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