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Honeycomb Bravo Throttle Quadrant: The FSElite Review

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Product Information
Developer
Honeycomb Aeronautical
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Honeycomb Aeronautical
Price
$249.99
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N/A
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Honeycomb Aeronautical
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The Honeycomb Aeronautical Bravo Throttle Quadrant is the second release from the hardware manufacturer following on from the extremely successful Alpha Flight Control Yoke. The Bravo Throttle Quadrant looks to give users a multifaceted approach to a throttle quadrant, which allows customisability for an endless amount of aircraft. After experiencing Honeycomb’s Alpha Flight Control unit, I was very excited to receive the Bravo and to put it to the test, but because of its predecessor, I also have very high expectations as to how the new product would deliver.

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Drzewiecki Design Seattle Landmarks: The FSElite Review

Drzewiecki Design Seattle Landmarks The FSElite Review
Drzewiecki Design recently released their latest edition to their city landmark series for the new Microsoft Flight Simulator, this time taking on the city of Seattle. I, myself, a resident of Seattle, wanted to pick this scenery up immediately, and explore. Bottom line, the developer set a target of improving the modeling of the Seattle area, and they largely succeeded
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Head to Head: Helsinki Airport by JustSim and MK-Studios

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When MK-Studios confirmed they were working on a Helsinki Airport scenery back in January of this year, I could not be more excited. Finally I would get a new version of my (nowadays) home airport. Until now I had been using the Aerosoft version, and happily so, but with the evolving simulators it was starting to look dated, even with
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Even More Previews of Aerosoft CRJ for MSFS

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The Aerosoft CRJ for Microsoft Flight Simulator continues to be previewed on the Aerosoft forums. Once again, Mathijs Kok has shared a few new previews of the plane in action focusing on "the amazing work Stefan is doing on the modeling." The forum post contained various images of the aircraft, along with some commentary on what this means for the
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Thrustmaster TCA Thottle Quadrant: The FSElite Review

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Developer
Thrustmaster
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Thrustmaster
Price
£89.99
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N/A
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Thrustmaster
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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.

Thrustmaster has been a household name when it comes to flight simulation hardware over the past 30 years, producing some of the most popular input devices for the entire gaming industry. Back in June 2020, Thrustmaster announced that it was going to produce a range of input controls in partnership with Airbus, based upon real Airbus controls as part of its Thrustmaster Civil Aviation range. This would include the Sidestick and Throttle Quadrant modules as well as a single additional release, comprising of two units that would work in conjunction with the Throttle Quadrant, separate speed brake and flap control levers which also includes park brake switch and landing gear lever to be released at a later date. After reviewing the Sidestick, I was excited to get my hands on the Throttle Quadrant.

Out of the Box

When the TCA Throttle Quadrant first arrived, I was immediately shocked at how small the box was. Once opened, the throttle quadrant is secured by two pieces of thin cardboard. The box contains the Throttle Quadrant – secured by two pieces of thin moulded cardboard, a separate USB-C/A cable, two connector plates, one attachment rod, a set of black, square stickers detailed with ‘ENG 1,2,3,4’ and a single-page quick start guide.

The base of the unit has the colour of the original Airbus A320 flight deck which immediately lets you know which aircraft the unit is modelled upon. On each of the sides of the base, Thrustmaster has put their literal stamp on the unit by way of their logo and branding. Although this seems quite a lot of branding on one product, the only decal you notice is on the lower end of the product near the engine switches which isn’t too intrusive.

Thrust Levers

The quadrant unit is instantly recognisable and looks just like the real thing. Thrustmaster has chosen to replicate the A320 family throttle quadrant which differs slightly to the A330/A350 family. The black plastic – part gloss part matte finish – thrust levers and handles are of a good size and fit my hand nicely. Each thrust lever has a red button located on the outside of the handles in the centre which give a satisfactory click when pushed. These buttons on a real Airbus are typically used to disengage the auto-thrust system. When using the thrust levers, I have noticed that the two individual levers can easily be squeezed together with not much pressure which is disappointing as it takes away from the otherwise acceptable build quality. Thrustmaster has included an attachment rod if you wanted to lock the thrust levers together, so they will not be able to advance independently. To secure the levers, you simply thread the rod through two small eyelets in the front of the levers to lock them in place. Although this does do the trick, it is easy for this rod to fall out if you move the throttle quadrant from your desk.

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Terrainy Studios Shares New Previews of Samos for MSFS

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Having announced a partnership with Gaya Simulations, Terrainy Studios are gearing up for a release of their latest scenery development for Microsoft Flight Simulator. Samos Airport (LGSM), part of the Greek Islands, is open to various seasonal operations aimed at providing European travellers a sun-drenched destination to explore. Airliners such as TUI, Condor and SAS offer frequent flights during the
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Aerosoft Paderborn-Lippstadt Airport For MSFS: The FSElite Review

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The name of the Paderborn-Lippstadt airport is a bit of a peculiar one: you’ll find the small international airport not in Paderborn, nor Lippstadt, but near Büren, about 18 kilometres from Paderborn, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The airport sees mainly Corendon Airlines, Holiday Europe, Sundair and TUI Fly Germany serve flights to European leisure destinations like Antalya, Heraklion, Hurghada and the Canary and Greek islands among others during the summer season. Paderborn-Lippstadt airport opened in 1971 and has seen a slow decline in numbers over
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Virpil WarBRD Base and Grip : the FSElite Review

VIRPIL WarBRC Grip And Stick
VIRPIL is a relatively recent newcomer on the market of flight controls. Founded in 2016, their first products left the factory in 2018 with the creation of the MongoosT-50, a reproduction of the Sukhoi PAK-FA fighter joystick. The company, originating from Belarus, targets the combat and space simulation users and quickly established themselves as quality manufacturers. For the purpose of
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