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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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Developer Month 2019: Thrustmaster

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Welcome to Developer Month 2019. Between April 8th and May 8th 2019, we will feature a variety of developers, publishers, community personalities and more who will tell us their story. From written interviews and blog posts to video interviews and more, we have curated a range of interesting content to maybe even inspire you to be one of these developers
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Win an All Expenses Paid Trip to FlightSimExpo 2019

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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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Thrustmaster TPR Pedal Set: The FSElite Review

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£449.99
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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.

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, it was time for hardware to start catching up.

Thrustmaster have been known in the flight simulator space as providing hardware that finds the balance between price, quality and performance. I remember my first product very well: the T.Flight HOTAS. Relatively cheap, it ticked all the boxes I was looking for from a joystick / thrust lever set. It was pretty reliable and lasted a fair few years before I then migrated to a newer product.

Whilst my overall hardware collection remained pretty much the same over the past few years, I did notice a trend of hardware manufactures creating middle of the road products with users neither ranting nor raving about what they had just purchased. Then along came the Thrustmaster TPR: Thrustmaster Thrustmaster Pendular Pedal Set (no that’s not a typo).

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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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