Together with other peripheral releases, Saitek have finally released their Cessna version of their rudder pedals aptly named the Saitek Pro Flight Cessna Rudder Pedals. The other 2 items also released with the official Cessna stamp are the Cessna trim wheel and the Cessna flight yoke
Flight rudder pedals are an important purchase. Once you have a capable flight controller, whether it be a joystick or flight yoke normally the next thing you want to invest in is in a good set of quality rudder pedals. Although you get by for a bit without rudder pedals, since most flight simulators for example Microsoft flight simulator 10 does allow you the option of auto rudder, if you are trying to complete taxi maneuvers than a set of rudder pedals is almost indispensable making the process easier and much more realistic when moving from your parking gate onto the active runway.
During actual flight you will need a set of rudder pedals to practice making coordinated turns especially if any auto rudder option has been turned off. If you are also planning on flying helicopters than a set off flight pedals will be a necessity in order to get full control over your helicopter.
For other non-flight specific reason, flight pedals with toe brakes can also be employed as a makeshift brake and gas pedal for racing simulators.
Saitek Pro Flight Cessna Rudder Pedals Features
- Pedals realistically modeled after the flight pedals in a Cessna
- Left and right toe brakes to allow differential braking
- Adjustable resistance dial on the brakes
- Extended foot rest so you can rest the balls of your feet on the ground, just as in any real aircraft.
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Saitek Pro Flight Cessna Rudder Pedals Review
Good on Saitek for continually releasing new flight peripheral hardware. If you have seen Saitek’s previous flight rudders then you will notice a striking similarity in the design between the Cessna flight pedals and the previous saitek pro flight combat rudder pedals and first-generation pro flight rudder pedals also from Saitek. I guess at the end of the day if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. The biggest difference between the Cessna themed version of the flight pedals is that now the pedals themselves have been shaped to look like the flight pedals you would see in a real Cessna.
All the basic essentials that you would want from a set of flight pedals is present, you get rudder control, differential braking and even an adjustable tension dial. Personally, I find the addition of a tension dial a neat little feature especially for those who have a heavy foot and find it too easy to move the pedals out of the neutral position to easily.
One of the great things with all of Saitek’s recent flight at all designs is that you can rest form of your feet on the ground. This mimics what you find in most civil aviation planes. For example, the flight crew training manual of the 747 does state that the pilot should be able to control the rudder pedals with the soles of the feet resting on the floor and they should only have to lift their foot onto the pedal in order to get a full deflection for differential braking. In terms of ergonomics, this design also means that those long international hauls are less tiring on your legs as they are rested in a neutral position and not suspended on the pedals.
The Saitek Pro Flight Cessna Rudder Pedals can be mounted on the floor however if you have carpet than unfortunately these rudder pedals do not come with carpet grips. Although a slight annoyance, you might either have to put something heavy to prop the pedals in place or buy some Velcro strips yourself and stick it under those pedals to stop them moving around during use.
Installation is a breeze, you just plug it into a free USB port, fire up your favorite flight sim and assign the axis. No drivers needed and although software does exist to allow extra programming and customization of the rudder pedals I found that I didn’t need that at all.
These set of rudder pedals have only recently hit the market, consequently there hasn’t been a lot of user reviews of this product on the internet. The design of the Cessna pedals are greatly similar to Saitek’s own combat flight pedals and so I imagine feedback will be along similar positive lines. If you happen to own any of Saitek’s previous flight pedals then the new Cessna themed version will not offer you anything remarkably different to what you probably already have.
This unit is reasonably priced, although slightly more expensive than the CH products flight rudder and even the saitek combat flight pedals. This is to be expected as it is a new product release, expect prices to fall at least another 20% from MSRP over time. Bear in mind though that the next level up of flight rudder pedals will set you back at least $500 for a full metal construction.
- Adjustable tension dial allows you to control exactly how much resistance there is behind the pedals
- Cessna themed for just that extra touch of realism
- Wide pedal spacing and realistic foot placement
- Does not offer anything new compared to Saitek’s previous flight rudder pedal offerings
- Is currently more expensive than Saitek’s other flight pedals due to being a new product release
- Lack of mounting options for those who have carpeted floors.
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