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    Posted: 10 May 2018 at 5:26am
Hello, everyone, I'm totally new to the whole world of Flight simulators.

I do understand that having the Flight hardware is important. So, I have been looking around on Ebay, and I found a complete kit that is the following: Logitech Saitek PRO Flight System Bundles - Controllers, Yoke, Pedals, Throttle.

It is selling for $180.00 US, it is stated as Refurbished. Do these things have many problems? The Vendor looks legitimate, and has a 14 day return policy.  What do you think?
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It is great for the price. I have this set (+ an extra throttle quadrant to have six levers) for many years now and the only problem I had was the throttles getting jittery. But after using electronics cleaning spray (not sure if this is the correct translation, I'm using SONAX 806400) they were as good as new.
There are better yokes, but then you would have to pay much more.

Additionally I now have the Thrustmaster T16000M FCS HOTAS, which has a very precise joystick and takes up less space on the desk, and therefore is better suited for switching between flight simulation and doing other things on the computer. Additional pedals (Saitek or Thrustmaster) are recommended, but you could start by using the joystick's twist handle for rudder and buttons for braking and add pedals later.

Of course the immersion suffers a bit when using a HOTAS with a small GA aircraft instead of a jet fighter :)  And you will not have the big levers for prop and mixture, just a small one for one of those and the other (if available in the aircraft you want to fly) needs to be set via buttons or by using the mouse in the virtual cockpit.
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