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Hardware News

Virtual-Fly Release the Yoko the Yoke PLUS

Virtual-Fly, the team behind products such as the RUDDO rudder pedals and also the TQ-6 throttle set, has released their brand new yoke. Listening to customer feedback from their original Yoko the Yoke, the Yoko PLUS builds upon it adding a range of new features and functionality.

The most obvious new feature is the brand new 8-way hat switch. I suggested in my Yoko the Yoke review that it was a feature I would like to see and the team have listened. This will make panning the cockpit a lot easier when using the yoke itself. Furthermore, there are some advanced features such as Hall-effect contactless sensors, internal electric wiring (which come with a lifetime guarantee) and there’s now an even longer shaft for more comfort.

The PLUS version of the Yoko the Yoke also has pitch and roll trim switches, a push to talk switch and also autopilot disengage buttons.

Virtual-Fly’s Yoko the Yoke PLUS is part of the Certified Aviation Traning devices, which has been approved for training use by the US Federal Aviation Administration (F.A.A). Edit: you will need to ensure that you have all other certified training pieces and approval before you can consider your device approved.

All of these features, the comfort and the included technology is unique to the Virtual-Fly Yoko the Yoke Plus. Due to the features, materials used and production quality, it is pricier than your standard yoke. The cost of the Yoko the Yoke PLUS is €995.00. Each yoke is calibrated in the factory and comes packaged with everything you’ll need to set it up either in your home cockpit or professional environment. You can buy it from Virtual-Fly’s online store.

You can read a range of our reviews or watch some video content via our Virtual-Fly hub.

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Honeycomb Aeronautical Preview Upcoming Alpha Flight Controls Yoke

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Honeycomb Aeronautical, a company that is currently developing an all-new yoke and throttle solution for the simulation market, has released updated previews of their soon to be released Alpha Flight Yoke and its companion heavy dual mounting system. This system will help keep the yoke in place when in use better than previous mounting methods, and should ensure a smoother
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Flight Velocity Cockpit Panels: The FSElite Review

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Many of us dream of having a flight simulation cockpit in our home. Seeing all the lights, physically flipping switches, and turning knobs adds a massive layer of realism to your flight sim experience. But bringing this to a reality can have its challenges. Often times one may not know where to begin when it comes to building the panels
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Thrustmaster Announces New Flight Sim Headset

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Thrustmaster has revealed their latest product line in flight simulation products: their T.Flight U.S. Air Force Edition Gaming Headset. Announced at the EAA AirVenture 2018 in Oshkosh, the new headset will be released on October 31st for $99.99. The headset itself includes a range of features to meet the demands of flight simmers today. The sound quality promises to be extremely
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Thrustmaster Introduces New Hardware at E3

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Thrustmaster debuted two new controller sets, a rudder set and a headset, at their E3 conference. The link to the article will be here if you would like to read their official announcement. TPR Rudder System: Described in the featured article as being "Essentially ripped from the fuselage of an aircraft...",  the new TPR Rudder system will weigh 15 pounds and
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FSElite Exclusive: Stay Level Avionix Model 5 & 6 Released

Stay Level Avionix is a relatively new name in the field of Tabletop Avionics Panels, but the work they’re doing continues to impress. We recently interviewed John from the team, who gave us a lot of insight into his products, how he designs them and more. However, today, he has released a brand new model set that adds support for the RealSimGear GNS430 / 530 Avionics in parallel with existing Logitech Pro Flight Components.

As you can see from the images, the build quality looks excellent with lots of features including LED Glare Shield and support for the Pro Flight Trim Wheel. Models 5 and 6 are now available to buy for $509 each.

You can find out a lot more about the company and products at the Stay Level Avionix website, or if you’re interested, you can check out the other products in the store.


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Introducing Honeycomb Alpha Flight Controls

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Honeycomb Aeronautical is a brand new hardware developer who is focusing on creating quality yokes and throttles for a reasonable price. The premise behind their designs is to ensure maximum comfort, usability and durability for a range of different aircraft types and configurations. In the video above, you can see it in person as Nicki demonstrates the product. It's due
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NVIDIA Drivers 381.89 – Community Agrees it Appears to Fix VAS Leak

We've kept a close eye on recent NVIDIA drivers lately, especially after some fixes and posts from Lockheed Martin regarding leaks from some more recent drivers. Thankfully, the community are reporting that the latest drivers 381.89 are working extremely well for most users after testing. Mike Moskovich on Facebook also described it as a "376.33 driver replacement".  Another user of the social
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P3D Nvidia VAS Leak Fixed?

Nvidia released a driver update for their GeForce graphics cards, version 378.49 which was reported to leak VAS. They later released another update, version 378.66 which fixed the leak but still had P3D running high VAS usage. The only solution was to roll back to version 376.33 and hope Nvidia fixed the issue. After being a little annoyed, I actually took
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