Thrustmaster T.16000M FCS flight pack review

When it comes to flight sim hardware there is a wide range of options from the very cheap to the very expensive and everything in between. One of the products that has been hailed for years as the best bang for the buck is the Thrustmaster T.16000M. The T.16000M comes in a variety of packages…

Thrustmaster’s F/A-18C Hornet grip impressions and roundup

Back a couple of weeks ago I was able to get some hands on time with Thrustmaster’s new F/A-18C Hornet grip at Flight-Sim Expo and I thought I would add some of my initial impressions together with a round-up on this new grip that is coming out very soon with commercial availability expected July 25….

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…

Thrustmaster is teasing a new joystick ahead of FS Expo 2019

If you’ve been following hardware news recently, Thrustmaster has announced that they will be unveiling a AAA level hardware release at Flight-Sim Expo 2019 this year. Tweets and guesses A couple of teases have been coming from Thrustmaster in recent days. First there was this one… And then… The rumour mill has been working overtime…

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…

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…

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…