A look at AuthentiKit, the future of flight sim hardware?

When it comes to flight sim hardware, most of us look to a variety of sources for our hardware. Thrustmaster, CH Products, Saitek and Microsoft have all offered big, mass market hardware options over the last couple of decades. VKB-Sim, VIRPIL, Honeycomb, and others are newer on the scene offering some slightly more specialized factory…

VPC’s new helicopter gear sure to delight sim helicopter pilots

The flight sim helicopter market has been underserved by hardware makers over the years but that all seems to be changing as various companies start offering new gear that appeals to the helicopter enthusiasts. The newest, the VPC Hawk-60 Collective Grip has just been offered for sale. Let’s have a look! VPC Hawk-60 Collective Grip…

VIRPIL hosting a DCS Helicopter Racing server

DCS has really leaned into helicopter flying this year and hardware makers VIRPIL have seen which way the wind has been blowing and have been busy releasing helicopter oriented hardware to match. To raise the profile of helicopter flying (and their hardware) even more, VIRPIL is now hosting a competition server for helicopter pilots. Here’s…

Battle tested: VIRPIL VPC MongoosT-50CM3 Throttle Full Review

Having precise throttle control and being able to manipulate as many aircraft functions as possible without reaching for the keyboard is one of those goals that a lot of flight sim pilots look for as they get more seriously into simming. Flight sim and space sim hardware makers VIRPIL are on to their fourth generation…

VIRPIL MT-50CM3 first impressions and your questions answered

This is part two of my three-part series reviewing the VPC MongoosT-50CM3 Throttle throttle. I’ve been using the new throttle for a couple of weeks now and it’s time to put together some of my first impressions. From out of the box to first flights The first thing that strikes me about the CM3 throttle…

Turtle Beach has just announced the VelocityOne Flight yoke and throttle

You may have heard the name TurtleBeach before in reference to some pretty good soundcards back in the day and some decent headphones or other audio equipment. Now, they are introducing their own yoke and throttle quadrant system and it looks really interesting. Let’s have a look! All new yoke and throttle TurtleBeach is a…

VIRPIL MongoosT-50CM3 review part 1: The unboxing

As some of you know, VIRPIL was nice enough to send me one of their latest pieces of flight sim hardware, the VPC MongoosT-50CM3 Throttle for review. I’ve decided to break my review of the unit into three pieces which gives me a chance to spend more time reviewing the unit for the full review…

Gearing up to review a new piece of hardware!

It’s been a while since I did my last hardware review but I have a few reviews that I’d like to do starting off with VIRPIL’s latest throttle – the VPC MongoosT-50CM3 throttle. A review unit just arrived at Stormbirds HQ and here’s a little teaser of what I’m going to be thoroughly testing. Battle…

My joystick is back in action!

For the last couple of years I’ve been very happily flying with a WarBRD base and grip as my primary flight control system. VIRPIL sent this unit to me for review and I gave it high marks for its robust construction, solid feel, and precision controls. From the warbirds of WWI and WWII to advanced…

VKB reveals new TECS throttle details

Details of VKB’s TECS throttle came out in 2018 and was one of my most read articles that same year. After that, VKB said very little about TECS and many wondered if the project was cancelled but that has changed as VKB has now released new details on the product just a few days ago….