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Very close to the real thing and it's a cool piece of equipment. Can give you the real flying experience right at home.


Fairly expensive.


This is a very cool unit and if you're a flight simulation buff, you can't go wrong with this.

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REVIEW: Saitek Pro Flight Yoke + 3 Lever Throttle (for PC, by Mad Catz)

The flight simulation genre is a very particular niche that has had a massive niche of players that has grown by leaps and bounds since the late 1970's. The very first flight sim I played was the original Microsoft Flight Simulator in the early 1980's as a kid and it made me want to be a pilot. Since then I've played most iterations of the Microsoft Flight Simulator series and combat flight games like Ace Combat are some of my favorites across all platforms.

The Saitek Pro Flight Yoke is a replication of Cessna controls and when I say replication, I mean EXACT duplicate. This is an amazing piece of hardware alone but is best used with the Saitek Pro Flight Throttle Quadrant. For the most realism you can get without paying for flying lessons, add on the Pro Flight Instrument Panel, get a giant monitor and leave your normal world behind. 
The Saitek Pro Flight Yoke by itself is what most people would call the "steering wheel" for your aircraft. As of this review I was unable to get my hands on one to play with so I'll be using research to help me out. This flight yoke has tons of customization options that you can tailor to your personal uses or to match the software you're using or game you're playing.


The first thing you'll notice about the Saitek Pro Flight Yoke is how it looks. This is a very sleek looking accessory. On the handholds are many buttons you can customize, in the center is a digital readout and the console that houses the yoke is very smooth looking and is a nice black. The yoke is attached with a stainless steel shaft for maximum control as well as durability. This allows you to perform smooth takeoffs, landings and aerobatic maneuvers with great realism.


You will want to make sure you have a compatible system before spending the money you need. Chances are if you're looking at this equipment, you already have a game or flight sim installed and are looking to kick up your experience. If you are running XP, Vista or 7 or even a Mac, you should have no problem with this hardware. If you have an ancient machine you should check the official website before you buy it. 

This product and related accessories are primarily for flight sims but they may work with a select few combat games on the PC. 


Stainless steel shaft Integrated chronograph to time your flightsUnique 2-position desk clamp to secure your yoke14 ButtonsPOV Hat switch3-position mode switchElevator and axis aileron axes on yoke

User Testimonials

S. Kuprianczyk ( User)

"...I spent a total of 20 hours flying around in several planes which included single engine ceasna's all the way up to the heavy 747. I WAS NOT ABLE TO FIND ANY PROBLEMS WITH MY YOKE. I was very impressed with the quality and performance. I took a gamble but in my case think it payed off..."

LAP461 (Walmart User)

"...Well-built, easy to install and use. Pros: Lots of control functions (buttons, etc.) you can customize to your liking, convenience of auxilary USB ports, sturdy desk mount design, installs/removes easily from desk edge..."

The Bottom Line

You'd be hard pressed to find better reviews from sites and shoppers than what you'll find for the Saitek Pro Flight Yoke in regards to flight sim equipment. If you're passionate about your flight sim and want to take things to the next level, this is definitely something to check out. When used with the optional stuff like the rudder or instrument panel, it would feel so close to the real thing it should improve your flight skills as a real pilot.

Date Reviewed: April 1, 2012, 5:51 pm
Reviewed by Robert Sunset
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