ericfulmer wrote:I read this review on RPS. Not all HOTAS, but something to get started.
Personally, I've always liked CHPoducts gear. I haven't used their throttle or pedals, but the build quality of the sticks I've owned is excellent. My 20yr old Flightstick and the 15yr old Fighterstick work like new. They still use KB passthrough for control, but they work. I may replace them with a USB version at some point.
Aphasia wrote:What can I say, I have the earlier Thrustmaster Cougar HOTAS, and it is AWESOME.
Can't say how it compares to Saitek, but the Thrustmaster is really, really nice, although you basically have to bolt it to something because of the stiff springs. And there's quite a few mods available.
Although sadly, it's horribly underused at the moment since I run battlefield 4 more, and actually have to keep a Logitech wingman 3d pro for that purpose, because the quick non-sim games are horrible with a HOTAS with stiff springs, Logitech is for play fly like the BF4 and BF3 stuff, HOTAS is for seriousness.
You might want to get into looking at rudder pedals and TrackIR as well. Pedals especially if you want to get into choppers.
And take a look at some of Dskyecxi's videos. He flies a fair bit in Arma and several other things and has videos up on pedals, TrackIR, etc.
Just a couple of days ago he looked at a new rudder pedal.
But if you are going to be hard into the A-10, Thrustmaster Warthog would be a good thing.... you know, for realism. But they are quite expensive.
FireGryphon wrote:I have the Thrustmaster HOTAS Cougar just like Aphasia, and can echo everything he said. I suggest rounding out the experience with a few extras, such as a pair of Nomex flight gloves. I got my pair many years ago for about $25 online and it felt so cool slipping them on before a sim session.