- Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 23.4 x 26.9 cm ; 1.1 Kg
- Shipping Weight: 930 g
- Item model number: PS33
- ASIN: B000I62PEK
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: Aug. 20 2009
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #327,074 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
Saitek PS33 Aviator Dual Throttle Joystick
- Rapid fire trigger / 4 buttons
- 8-way 'point-of-view' hat switch
- 4 two-way toggle switches / 3D Twist Rudder control
- Dual throttles / Single spring gimbal mechanism
- Works with: Windows XP, XP64 and Vista (all versions) Windows 7
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Saitek launches the Aviator – the first dual throttle joystick for modern flight simulation games. The Aviator is designed with everything you’d expect from a high performancejoystick, including a rugged, military-style design, rapid response trigger, 8-way hat switch, plus illuminated rocket or missile fire button with safety cover. And a first in joystick design, the Saitek Aviator features dual throttle levers. These enable independent control of multiple engines when flying a large bomber or modern passenger jet, or an engine/flaps combination for better control during take-off and landing. The dual throttles can also be locked together for simplicity when flying single-engined aircraft. Additional controls include 3D twist for precise rudder control whether taxiing or in the air,front-mounted instrument panel which includes base-mounted toggle buttons with up and down switching functions, and mode selector to instantly change the Aviator’s controlsto suit flying scenario. Saitek’s programming software means the Aviator offers up to 8 separate commands which can each be programmed separately. The Saitek Aviator represents a new direction in joystick design. The groundbreaking dual throttles and a wealth of programmable switches and controls make the Aviator the perfect joystick for the latest flight games, designed to offer gamers both the maximum flight sim authenticity and control. No other stick is as well suited to the planes being flown on today’s PC Flight sims.
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Has twist for yaw built into the handle and 8 position pov. Duel throttle is nice but I dont believe they can work independant. I have to play around with it some more. Plenty of extra buttons and toggles to program.
I always liked Saitek because they make joysticks that can be configured for us Lefty's. This joystick works for both left and right handers out of the box. The joystick has all the features of some of the more expensive joysticks, but 1/2 the cost.
The Saitek Aviator is a moderately priced, combat themed joystick that has a plethora of buttons and a dual throttle to boot. The missile launch button illuminates red so you'll never forget which button to release hell. It also has a safety cover. The best part of the joystick was the little to none deadspace. The stick is kept taught by a coiled steel spring and has a dust cover to protect dust from entering the pivot ball.
The only cons I have noticed is that the Aviator is a bit on the light side and maybe could use another POV hat, but can't really expect much for the low price.
All in all, a decent stick for a great price, you won't be disappointed.
Update after using it for 3 months:
The joystick is still responsive although it is not as tight as when I first got it. Highly recommended for the casual simmer.
I should say that everything has worked so far great in terms of basic operations, setting up with the game, etc, but this joystick has shown a few little drawbacks, which are a bit annoying.
1. The base is too light, so during gaming I have to hold it with my left hand to prevent the joystick from unnecessary moves around the desk. I remember my Saitek Cyborg 3d model was much heavier making it more stable than Aviator. This is very unfortunate.
2. The panel which should be attached at the bottom of the stick and should support your hand was quite hard to attach around the stick. The screws were hard to put, as a result the panel is loose now and I don't have the ability to tighten the screws.
3. In my previous joystick it was possible to move that supporting panel lower or higher to the stick, so people with smaller hands (kids) could use it comfortably. This one doesn't allow to do this, so my 8-year old sone is quite uncomfortable using it as his hand lacks support from beneath.
In all other points I like it but would probably try something else soon.