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Use of AV8R-01 with Google Maps flight simulator

I am able to use my keyboard to operate the flight simulator in Google Maps, which enables you to "fly" and "land" anywhere in the world using Google Earth imagery. However, I cannot figure out how to use my Saitek AV8R-01 joystick with Google Earth's flight simulator. Every time I click on "Enable joystick" in Google Earth, it blows me out of the program. Is there a setting I need to change on my computer, to solve this problem?

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  • Colin3 Jan 09, 2009

    I have the same problem but with a slight difference. The AV8R-01 joystick DID work with the Google Simulator when I plugged in the joystick right out of the box, prior to loading the Saitek Aviator software. When I loaded the software to map the keyboard strokes into the joystick, it was then that I ran into to the same problem: Google Earth Simulator now crashes when run the simulator. Any ideas out there, guys?

  • ezeka Feb 04, 2009

    I have exactly the same problem as described before, even with the most recent version of Google 5.0

  • Anonymous Feb 08, 2009

    Saitek rumble pad, but same problem

  • Anonymous Feb 24, 2009

    same problem must be a software conflict

  • Anonymous Feb 25, 2009

    as soon as I start the flight simulator the program shuts down

  • Anonymous Mar 02, 2009

    same problem

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2009

    I don't know. I'll try searching new forms

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2009

    I have the same problem, but at one point initially the joystick did work. I hadn't messed around with it for a few months and when I tried again I had no luck. Did you find a solution?

    Robert

  • Charlie Buehl Mar 24, 2012

    I have an av86-01 saitek joystick and i tried running it on Google Earth's Flight Simulator. It works, as far as responding to input. But, when in the neutral position it enters into a vicious right wingover. You have to continuously roll left. it is nearly impossible to hold straight and level flight. Managed to land, but it wasn't pretty. It will land on almost any hard surface. Actual airports are recommended. I have found no way to calibrate a saitek on a mac OS/x v10.6.8 Intel Duo. Oldie but a goodie. Good luck to all, I will post a fix when I find it. I recommend Google Earth over Google Maps (did not know you could 'fly' gmaps save for the new 3d feature.

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My blackwidow joystick would not work in google earth, the sim would just crash. I tried a surgestion to remove the blackwidow software and just run it with the ms hid driver. It now works fine, even the throtle and rudder controls.

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