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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 Add-On Grip is a life-size replica of the flight stick found in the real McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet. Thrustmaster’s rendition is made out of durable, industrial-grade materials for long product life and an authentic feel and features realistic application pressure on all of the handle’s buttons. The stick includes 19 action buttons including a realistic 2-step trigger and an 8-direction “Point of View” hat switch. The F/A-18C grip also supports native integration with the DCS F/A-18C module and is compatible with all other flight simulation games.

The Thrustmaster F/A-18C Hornet Grip is compatible with the company’s legendary Warthog and Cougar HOTAS systems and will be available for a price of 199.99 Euros, or about $229.99 USD. A release date is uncertain at the moment but we’ll be sure to keep you updated once we have new information.

Key Features

  • Life-size, 1:1 scale replica of the F/A-18C Hornet™ flight stick handle.
  • Metal design (grip), with durable, industrial-grade materials for an authentic feel and maximum product lifespan.
  • 19 action buttons, including a realistic 2-step trigger and one 8-direction “Point of View” hat switch. The same number of inputs as the HOTAS Warthog control stick.
  • Native integration in the game DCS (sold separately) via the dedicated F/A-18C module.
  • Nearly identical stick to that used in the AV-8B Night Attack and F-15E Strike Eagle.
  • Backwards-compatible with two best-selling Thrustmaster joystick bases: HOTAS Warthog and HOTAS Cougar (sold separately): easily swap your HOTAS Warthog and HOTAS Cougar with the flight grip.
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Win an All Expenses Paid Trip to FlightSimExpo 2019

This is your opportunity to win big. FlightSimExpo, in partnership with Thrustmaster, have today announced an all expenses paid trip to FlightSimExpo 2019. Thrustmaster has demonstrated that they are serious about the flight sim community and are doing their bit to get involved. To show that commitment, they are giving people a chance for a once in a lifetime opportunity. If you
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Flight Sim Show 2019 (Cosford) Tickets Now Available

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Whilst hype is building for FlightSimExpo this coming June, UK fans may be excited to hear that the annual Flight Sim Show in Cosford has had its first round of exhibitors announced, along with tickets now on sale. For the first time, the Flight Sim Show at the RAF Museum in Cosford is now running for a whole weekend. Both Saturday
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Speaker Schedule and New Partnership News for FlightSimExpo 2019


Only 58 days stand between right now and the start of FlightSimExpo 2019. North America’s community-driven flight simulation is stepping things up this year. A new location, bigger venue and more exhibitors than ever before – there will be something for everyone to enjoy at this year’s event.

One of the highlights of these shows is the wide-range of speakers and seminars that will be taking place. This year is no different with a large number of speakers taking the time to talk about a wide variety of subjects.

The line-up consists of YouTubers Jason Miller and Steve Thorne (“FlightChops”) who will speak about the benefits of the simulator and how it can be applied to real-world training. After that, Twitch streamer Chillywillies will moderate a panel designed to connect attendees to flight simulation developers. Talking about their experiences, challenges and what they predict will happen in the industry next.

Over the course of the day, on the 8th June, a variety of developers and publishers will be taking to the stage for 30 minutes to announce new products or talk about their upcoming software.  Some of the big names to take to the stage include Prepar3D, Virtual-Fly, Mettar Simulations and Gleim Aviation. Others who will have the stage include Parallel 42, Noble Flight Simulation and Mindstar Aviation.

The following day, there will be additional talks and seminars. The talks on the Sunday 9th of June will feature a range of discussions on how the first-time simmer can get involved in the community. Whilst super nervous, I am also excited to confirm that I will be on stage delivering a talk on taking people on a brief overview on getting them started in simulation. In addition to me, Sebastian Knoop-Troullier, and Ethan Hawes will also take to the stage taking attendees through other important elements of setting up and using an at-home simulator. 

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Navigraph Seeks Beta Testers

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Over on their Facebook page, Navigraph has put out a post stating that they're seeking beta testers for an upcoming major revision to Navigraph Charts. The upcoming major revision is said to be a long-anticipated release with Navigraph being committed to providing the best product possible and therefore they are looking to select a broad group of users with a diversity
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VATSIM Cross The Pond Westbound 2019 Dates Revealed

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VATSIM has confirmed that this year's Cross The Pond Westbound event will take place on March 30th 2019. The annual event sees pilots take off from a range of airports within the UK and Europe enjoying full coverage on the network as they travel across the Atlantic to various North American destinations. As mentioned, this year's event will take place on Saturday, March 30th
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