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I have Microsoft Flight Sim 2002 and I am having no success flying using the keyboard, so I need something better. I am not interested in flying fighter planes or engaging in air battles and shooting at others. I am a serious learner and want to be able to properly control a 747 as easily as a Cessna. Can you give me some advise on what product would be best suited to my needs and why. thanks

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I just got a saitek AV8R-01 for microsoft flight simulator 10 and am loving it. i got it as an open box at about $32 probably retailed around $40. it has 2 throttles, rotation, and of course left/right and forward/back control. it also has a hat switch, a thumb button and two side buttons, one of which is covered and glows red to simulate a missile button in real aircraft (i assume) it also has 4 togle switches on the base that act like 8 buttons. there is also a mode selector that i haven't figured out how to work just yet (havent needed it and only been a week) but i think it will pretty much allow me to assign 2 commands (or maybe even 3) to each button depending on the mode. the only drawbacks are ther is no force feedback (unnecissary) and the base is a little light which can be avoided by putting the weight of your hand on the joystick when you are holding it.

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I have a Saitek X-45 that I use. It comes with a throttle and joystick. It's controls are very smooth and can be adjusted for increased firmness. There are a lot of programmable buttons that work great for FS2002. The only draw back is the joystick does not have aileron control by twisting it, you have to program a rocker button on the throttle. Unless of course you go all the way and buy foot controls. It looks like the X-52 is the updated version of my controller but it isn't cheap. The X-45 works good for what I need it for.

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