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Thrustmaster T-Flight Air Force Edition Headset: The FSElite Review

THRUSTMASTER T Flight Us Air Force Edition
8.4

PRODUCT INFORMATION
Developer
Thrustmaster
Purchase From
Thrustmaster
Price
$99.99
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Version Reviewed
N/A
Press Copy Provided By
Thrustmaster
SimMarket
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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.

Having a good headset is one of the key fundamentals to a good flight sim setup. Whether it’s flying online or flying with friends, I always want a good quality headset that really pumps out the sounds accurately, as well as one that enables me to communicate clearly. We’ve all been on the receiving end of a poor sounding mic, so I never want to be the person who is delivering that.

Despite having a few headsets in my collection already, they’re all very gamer-orientated. Not a bad thing, but they are big, bulky and full of bright lights and other colourful things. None of them really give the sensation of an actual pilot headset. Fortunately, Thrustmaster saw a similar gap in the market and released the T-Flight US Air Force Edition headset. But are they just a regular headset hidden behind some fancy marketing, or are they actually a suitable replacement headset for a more immersive experience?

Let’s start with the overall look and feel of the T-Flight US Air Force Edition headset (from this point, I’ll simply refer to it as  ‘headset’). The symbolic military faded green is an interesting colour, but considering it’s dubbed as a US Air Force edition, it makes a lot of sense. I quite like it, and again, unlike conventional ‘gaming’ headsets, it’s a nice change compared to the colour-driven variations I’m otherwise used to.

 
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Virtual-Fly V3RINO TPM: The FSElite Review

VIRTUAL FLY V3RINO TPM THROTTLE Set Featured Review
7.8
The V2RINO TPM Throttle Quadrant from Virtual-Fly is one of their more recent releases. After a range of successful products that have provided simmers and professionals with high-quality hardware, it was time to explore creating the Vernier Style throttle quadrant. It is also the most expensive flight control in their entire product range. Virtual-Flight has created an impressive feature list,
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Virtual-Fly Yoko the Yoke: The FSElite Review

VIRTUAL FLY YOKO THE YOKE Featured Review
8.4
Spanish-based flight simulator hardware developer Virtual-Fly has been producing high-quality hardware for many years, including throttles, rudder pedals and their full-cockpit sim set-ups. It’s no surprise that they have built up a huge following of loyal and supportive customers over the years. FSElite has been following the team for a while and we were delighted that they asked us to
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Virtual-Fly Ruddo Rudder Pedals: The FSElite Review

VIRTUAL FLY Ruddo Pedal Set Featured Review
7.8
Rudder pedals are an important  piece of equipment for any serious simmer. Whilst the effectiveness of a rudder axis on a joystick is okay, it’s not exactly designed for more complicated scenarios. Rudder pedals provide that extra sense of realism and control needed for serious pilots. They’re often one of the first things someone will purchase when looking for new
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Orbx Santa Barbara (KSBA): The FSElite Review

Orbx Ksba Santa Barbara Review Featured
8

PRODUCT INFORMATION
Developer
Orbx Systems
Purchase From
Orbx Systems
Price
$23.89
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Version Reviewed
1.0o
Press Copy Provided By
Orbx Systems
SimMarket
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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.

Introduction

Santa Barbara, Queen of the Missions, or the American Riviera: whatever you want to call it, Santa Barbara airport (KSBA) is like no other.  Santa Barbara is situated in the north of SoCal, just 95 miles north of Los Angeles, and a short hop from San Diego. One of many SoCal airports, Santa Barbara sees its traffic mainly from regional airlines and a few majors, with CRJs and 737s being a regular occurrence at the field. Business jet and general aviation traffic is also heavy, with the airport housing two FBOs and a staggering three flight schools. All in all, this makes for a rather busy airport situated in one of the busiest airspaces in the world.

When Orbx first announced Santa Barbara at FlightSimCon 2016, many were excited to see another large SoCal airport coming from Orbx. After this initial announcement, the project went pretty quiet for a while, apart from the occasional reassurance that the project hadn’t been canceled. Seemingly out of the blue, Santa Barbara developer Misha Cajic made an announcement to the Orbx forums back in October announcing all that we could expect to see from the project, along with a plethora of previews showing the airport in an advanced state. Released just 13 days after the initial announcement, the release was met with great excitement to finally see the project in our sims, but how does it hold up against their previous releases and high-quality standard? Let’s find out!

 
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Final Previews of PILOT’S Alicante (LEAL) Before Release

Alicante Leal Previews P3dv4 (25)
In anticipation for the release of Alicante from developers PILOT'S, a final batch of screenshots (42!) has been released to the public. The shots showcase the immense detail within the airport, the night lighting, the internal modelling and also surrounding cityscape. A lot of work has gone into faithfully recreating the airport and ensuring that performance matches expectations for the
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Cremonasoft Airbus A310: The FSElite Review

CoverImageA310
2
We really are in the golden age of the classics within the X-Plane community at the moment. We’ve recently had FlyJSim update both their 732 Twinjet and 727 Series, while we have Felis working on a 747 Classic, along with Rotate’s MD-11 looking like it may make a release in 2019. We were also recently graced with the Cremonasoft A310,
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Thrustmaster TPR Pedal Set: The FSElite Review

Thrustmaster Tpr Review
8.7
Over the past few years, I think it’s fair to say that we’ve seen a huge technological push within our flight simulators. Whether that is the arrival of 64-bit, PBR, or other advanced techniques we didn’t have just a few years ago. Whilst our simulators are becoming more fluid, look more realistic, and actually run better than the average powerpoint,
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