A little bit ago, I published a post on the best HOTAS sticks for DCS World. If you’re interest in that you can find it here! If however you where curious about the best options for civil aviation simulators you’ve come to the right place! The difference between using a HOTAS vs a yoke to control your aircraft is night and day. Flight sticks are great for high speed, quick maneuvering, but for larger, slower aircraft this isn’t necessary. For GA planes and big jets, you need more small, precise movements to keep you steady. This is where a yoke comes in. If you’ve been looking for a good yoke setup to use with your flight simulator, stay tuned. The following are, in my opinion, the top 3 best yokes for Microsoft Flight Simulator and Xplane 11 in 2021.
Logitech G Pro
A very popular control surface among flight simulator enthusiasts, the Logitech G Pro is a very decent option for your setup. Unlike many other yokes, the G Pro comes with its own throttle quadrant. Having a good throttle quadrant is, in my opinion, a vital aspect when it comes to realism. The difference between using buttons on a keyboard and actually having a throttle in your hand is night and day. Aside from this, the G Pro has a small screen on the front to display times or frequencies which can be very helpful. The G Pro however, is not all perfect. The biggest issue i have seen with the yoke myself is the build quality. The G Pro feels a bit flimsy at times and makes quite a few noises. This however doesn’t impede its usability. If you want to check out the G Pro, the link can be found below!
Coming up next is the Honeycomb Alpha yoke by Honeycomb aeronautical. The Honeycomb Alpha is made for student pilots and thus, designed to have the utmost realism. Aside from being an incredibly realistic control surface, the Alpha meets a very high standard of build quality. This is a yoke that will last you a very long time. A vast majority of the reviews in regards to this yoke are overwhelmingly positive. The Honeycomb Alpha truly lives up to its name. The only issue I can see with this yoke is its lack of buttons and a throttle quadrant. These can easily be purchased separately, but it can be rather inconvenient. If you’re looking for a very high quality yoke check it out with the link below!
CH Products Yoke
Third on the list is the yoke by CH Products. Another extremely popular control surface among desktop aviators, this yoke is probably the best bang for you buck. The CH Products yoke has several basic buttons and a throttle quadrant built in! It’s very difficult to find all of these features in one yoke at this price. This yoke is one that I believe is perfect for beginners who don’t want to spend too much money up front. It has everything you need to get started and at a relatively low price! This low price does however come with a few caveats. The biggest one being the build quality. The CH Products yoke is made almost entirely out of plastic and is a bit flimsy. This is expected however considering the price. If this doesn’t bother you, or you’re a beginner looking to get started, check it out via the link below!
My goal with this post is to help you make the best decision when it comes to choosing a yoke for your setup. The three yokes I have listed are all very decent, they just have strengths in different areas! If this post did help you make a decision on a yoke, make sure you use our affiliate links! It really helps us out and helps us help you by supplying more content! Feel free to comment and share!