VPC rudder pedals and V.F.X grip pre-order live June 21

VIRPIL’s product offensive continues with their new WarBRD and ACE rudder pedals as well as their new V.F.X going up on pre-order. We still lack a few details but today’s announcement reveal a whole bunch of new details about V.F.X including a new Z-axis lock-out option. V.F.X for Tomcat fans Although VIRPIL can’t say it…

VIRPIL WarBRD Base and Grip full review

Selecting the right joystick is a central part of the flight sim experience and today I’m very pleased to bring to you my full review of VIRPIL’s desktop oriented WarBRD Base and WarBRD Grip. This base and grip combination is one of the newest to the market and I put it through its paces to…

VIRPIL teases more of their new V.F.X. grip

In-case you missed it before, VIRPIL is working on yet another grip in their series with the new V.F.X. grip being modeled and inspired by that from the F-14 Tomcat. In a video released today, VIRPIL demonstrates how to install a grip on a WarBRD base and at the same time we get a better…

Last chance to register for FS Expo 2019!

We’re now just days away from Flight-Sim Expo 2019 in Orlando Florida and that means that registration is closing soon. Last chance to register is coming up tomorrow so those of you making last minute decisions – now’s the time! Press release and other show details Here’s the latest press release with all kinds of…

Checking out the X-Plane 11 demo!

While the content of the Stormbirds blog will always be focused on some of the combat flight sim experiences out there such as DCS World and IL-2: Great Battles Series, many of you know that I like to check out other experiences from time to time as well. With my upcoming trip to Flight Sim-Expo…

Hardware upgrades part two: VIRPIL’s WarBRD!

Another package from VIRPIL just arrived in the mail yesterday and this time it’s their new WarBRD grip along with their now well established WarBRD base. I’ve just had about an hour with the new stick and I’m very excited to bring you all a full review after I’ve had a little time to fly…

DCS: I-16 by OctopusG up for early access!

Seemingly out of nowhere, OctopusG and Eagle Dynamics have released the DCS: I-16 on to the DCS World e-Store for the price of $39.99. Here’s what we know! Key features and price DCS: I-16 is launching with some key features including a Russian cockpit and both Russian and English radio and documentation. Here’s the full…

VIRPIL MongoosT-50 Throttle Control System Full Review

If you’re a flight sim enthusiast, you probably already know that you need to invest in some hardware to have the best possible experience. A joystick base, grips rudder pedals, head tracking, throttles, and multiple other accessories are part of an ecosystem of parts that vary wildly in price, quality and capability. This review is…

Flight sim hardware upgrades: MongoosT-50 throttle

Having the right controls can make a big difference when it comes to the flight sim experience and I want to share some hardware related stories in this third year of the Stormbirds blog. My newest purchase is VIRPIL’s MongoosT-50 Throttle Control System which has just arrived and I’m excited to tell you more about…

Ace Combat 7 comes to PC on Jan 31st

Bandai Namco’s Ace Combat series stretches back nearly 25 years and for some sim pilots, this was one of the titles that helped get them into more serious combat flight simming. Coming on January 31st, Ace Combat makes a return after a long hiatus to PlayStation 4 (+VR), XBox One, and PC on Steam. The…