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Honeycomb Alpha Flight Controls: The FSElite Review

ALPHA Flight Controls
9.7
Product Information
Developer
Honeycomb Aeronautical
Purchase From
Honeycomb Aeronautical
Price
$249.99
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Version Reviewed
Pre-Production
Press Copy Provided By
Honeycomb Aeronautical
SimMarket
FSElite's preferred Flight Sim vendor is SimMarket. (Why?)

As per our Community Charter, all of our reviews are free from bias, prejudice and favouritism. Don't forget, each reviewer has their own style and thoughts, although they all abide by the Review Guidelines - something I suggest you read.

Affordable hardware within Flight Simulation has been at the forefront of many simmers’ minds for a long while. We have been stuck with the same hardware for many years. Despite the reliability, it’s been a long time coming for a new player. At long last, Honeycomb Aeronautical stepped up to the job with their new Alpha Yoke system. Not only is Honeycomb Aeronautical a new player to the field but, in my opinion, they also walk away wearing the crown.

The history of Honeycomb Aeronautical releasing the Alpha Flight Control has certainly been interesting. Many of the team have had plentiful experience in creating controllers for many years. This isn’t a team of people who just jumped into creating the product, but instead, a team who wanted to create something fresh, new and intuitive for new and old simmers alike. There was clearly a gap in the market for a yoke that provided in-depth functionality, whilst also keeping the cost in mind. And though cost played a big factor to ensure the product is affordable, the classy box and nicely padded inside were certainly a surprise. The box was just the beginning of my journey on this great yoke where that premium feeling is felt despite the relatively low cost of entry.

From a purely aesthetic perspective, the Honeycomb Alpha Flight Control yoke is a great looking yoke that will compliment anyone’s simulator set-up. The main unit box itself takes up a relatively small footprint of space both on the table and in terms of height. Measuring at a compact 42cm by 28m and a height of 12cm, it really is on the smaller size for a product of this type. When the yoke is fully pulled back, it extends to a maximum depth of 48cm.

I particularly loved the overall shape and design. The curved design towards the rear is a nice touch. The whole thing feels very nice with a matte finish continuing that premium quality theme. There is clear attention to ensuring the product remains cost-effective, but also without it compromising on the quality. The front plate, with its grill-like effect was also something of personal preference that I liked and the included red LEDs are a nice touch. It’s a shame the colour can’t be changed, but they add a bit of personality to the chassis of the product. The lights themselves can be adjusted in brightness between various levels, or turned off completely if that’s what you’re looking for. They don’t add or take away from the product, but if you have a set-up with lots of red LEDs, then you likely love this feature. For everyone else, it’s a take-it or leave-it situation.

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Honeycomb Aeronautical Will Start Alpha Flight Controls Pre-Order Tomorrow

Honeycomb Aeronautical Alpha Flight Controls Yoke Switch Panel
Honeycomb Aeronautical has announced over their Facebook that pre-orders for their Alpha Flight Controls Yoke and Switch Panel will start tomorrow, August 7th at 4:00 PM PST. They've released a preview video of the product on their YouTube channel (the one that's previewed in this article). Alpha Flight Controls will be shipping mid-September 2019. European Pre-Orders will be available from
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[Re-post] FSExpo 2019: Thrustmaster Announces The F/A-18C Add-On Grip

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We have re-posted this article as it appeared to not get published correctly at the time of the announcement. Apologies in advance if you have already seen this. Today at FSExpo 2019, Thrustmaster announced the latest addition to their flight simulation line of products: the F/A-18C Add-On Grip for the Thrustmaster Warthog and Cougar HOTAS systems! The Thrustmaster F/A-18C Hornet
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Stay Level Avionix Releases SLAVX Model 11 (Virtual-Fly Support)

Stay Level Avionix (SLAVX) has released their brand new model, which supports Virtual-Fly’s Yoko the Yoke and their TQ6+ Throttle (both we have reviewed). SLAVX  Model 11 builds on the success of the previous avionics panels and takes into account feedback from the community.

The SLAVX 11 model is a home avionics panel, which enables you to insert your RealSimGear G1000 products into realistic positions, along with various other hardware components such as the Virtual-Fly yoke and also the Logitech flight panel switch. In the video above, you can find John talking you through the various components and how it works with various bits of equipment.

The SLAVX 11 model retails for $509.00. The product is designed and built in the USA to a high standard. The price includes everything you’ll need to get set-up. 

You can read our review (or watch it) on the SLAVX Model 10 (which we said it would be great if they had Virtual-Fly support). We gave the product a 9.3/10.

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Virtual-Fly Release the Yoko the Yoke PLUS

YOKO PLUS Is Here The BEST Flight Sim Yoke In The Simulation Market. Still A YOKO.
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
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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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8.9
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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