Thrustmaster TCA Airbus Edition- Facts and Questions

These look amazing, I really want them to release a Boeing (B777 range especially) set of yokes and throttle quadrants :)

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Google around and you’ll find that there’s tons of Boeing products out there-mostly 737 but also 747/777 stuff as well. (See here for starters: https://www.cockpitphd.com/b777hslite.html )

This is the first time I can remember in the history of my 30 year flight simming career (I started in 1990) that us Airbus fans don’t have to hack/modify or jury rig something to make it more Airbus-like. It’s an exciting time!

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Do you have one?

So I’ve received mine Saturday and did play around a bit with it. I will provide a more thorough review but at this point and keeping in mind that I’ve been using the HOTAS X for a few days prior to getting the Airbus version:
• the design is fantastic;
• the grip is outstanding and better than the HOTAS X;
• more buttons than on the HOTAS X which allows for more functionalities accessible at these tip of your fingers;
• less bulky than the HOTAS X
• it DOES connect to live flight app and IF;
• as for the HOTAX X, the integrated thrust reverser function doesn’t work so one of the buttons needs to be set (no big deal frankly)
• IF needs to add the progressive brakes control function;
• I’m having troubles when it comes to setup and responsiveness with the Airbus joystick which I didn’t have with the HOTAS X. I can’t say at this point what they relate to since I’ve had limited time to play with it. But while this could be a deal breaker, I feel that if those having that joystick worked together, we could find a way around those issues.

Overall: if we can identify the remedy for the connectivity issues I’m facing, the Airbus joystick is definitely way better than the HOTAS X.

Again, I will take time to play with it more, discuss with the other owners and hopefully devs to bring you a more thorough review with photos of course.

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It’s absolutely a great product from all I’ve seen so far, but the question is whether IF is able to handle the Airbus specifics, especially when it comes to the throttle, which has all the classic Airbus thrust Settings (TOGA, CLB, …).

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So interestingly I’ve just read one of the support documents for the Airbus TCA joystick.
The document is specific to the thrust reverser setting. See link below.
Can’t wait to land in KSFO in a couple hours and try that out. I’ll let you know if it works.

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That’s one interesting thing (is the part after the dezent the thrust reverser in setting 2?), but the second interesting will be if the full throttle will work with IF when it’s released as it will feature the Airbus fixed setting points (TOGA, FLX, CLB, …), which IF currently doesn’t use.

Still really interested how this will work out, so please let me know later!

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Yeah I do.

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Did you have any issues when it comes to responsiveness between your actions on the joystick (pitch, roll) and the effect on the simulator @charrison?

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no. I did have one issue on the yaw though. I will DM you. :)

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Ok so as promised I played a bit more with the set up of the joystick. I can’t say it is super intuitive or easy and definitely requires some playing around a bit.

But once it’s all set up… what an amazing experience it is to feel your plane obeying perfectly well to your pitch and roll intentions.

I did change my computer and joystick to my 5G wifi network and while I’m not sure it had any effect, it sure did work well overall.

I had the sensitivity of all joysticks functions to low as well as the control sensitivity in the “general” menu.
It was super smooth and it really felt like flying… a real plane. I did my trials with an A350XWB in solo mode to not be bothered by flying errors, ATC or violations.

My adjustments in terms of bank angle, pitch and even rudder were perfect and I did a great buttery landing right after my first pattern at LFPG.

As instructed by the user guide, I activated the thrust reverser function and that worked perfectly well too.

Only not perfect aspect was that when I bring the throttle to the “0” threshold, it would not always bring itself to an actual 0% but sometimes struggle a little and keep itself to maybe 8%. I’m pretty sure it’s just a matter of getting use to handling that feature more appropriately though.

As a comparison: way more realistic and easier / nicer to handle than the HOTAS X - which I will probably return now that I know how good the Airbus joystick is.

If I have time I’ll try to make a video but quite frankly it won’t make the joystick any justice because the best way to enjoy it, is to get it.

What I may do if I have time is a little tutorial on the computer I use (MacBook Air) and the set up issues I had and how I overcame them.
Either way, feel free to DM me.

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Wow it look like it does work!!!

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i really want to try it out, but am hesitant to see if the other quadrant works with this as well

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For the quadrant I guess we’ll find out in November ;)

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Have you noticed a shear difference in responsibility of aircraft compared to you old stick? I have a Logitech Extreme 3D Pro joystic and I’m seriously thinking of getting this one… Does the conflict between roll and yaw movements minimized in this stick? Is it readily connected to Live Flight Connect?

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Thankfully it will come in September

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I was flying the HOTAS X which I received about a week prior to receiving the Airbus joystick and YES, A.B.S.O.L.U.T.E.L.Y !! No possible comparison.
The Airbus stick offers way more realism.

I fixed my issues by switching my connection from Mac to PC (my MacBook Air is old and in serious needs of updates and memory space).
It solved all my issues and now I constantly proceed with SID - often times until cruise - STAR and IAPs fully manually. It literally is a game changer.
On top of that the liveflight connect app on PC is where more detailed and professional.

I strongly recommend the Airbus joystick over any other. It gave me a boost in terms of excitement to fly in IF after 3 years of flying. It brings me a true feel for realism and aim at improving my actual flying skills vs tapping the AP or somewhat flying by tilting the iPad.

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For those who are interested, the below 2 links are the pages that I think describe the products with the most thorough details:

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Also wanted to share a picture of what your Flight Sim desk could look by the end of this year ;)

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Thanks for the detailed comprehensive answer… Have you faced any problems in set up? Sometimes Live Flight Connect is unstable and makes the stick suddenly unresponsive… Do the thrust quadrant, parking brake lever and engines’ switches work nornally with IF with all planes?

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