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TOcarroll
01-23-2004, 06:29 PM
HOTAS appears to be where you set the joystick controls. As a newbie, I'm not sure of much of anything. What does HOTAS mean/do?

TOcarroll
01-23-2004, 06:29 PM
HOTAS appears to be where you set the joystick controls. As a newbie, I'm not sure of much of anything. What does HOTAS mean/do?

Cajun76
01-23-2004, 06:34 PM
Welcome to the best WWII combat flight sim on the market and the forums.

A HOTAS is a Hands ON Throttle And Stick. It usually has a separate throttle from the joystick. The system also usually has multiple axes, and you can set these in HOTAS setup. For example, you can set the throttle to be your propeller pitch adjustment, instead of how fast you want to go.

Edit: HOTAS are availible in a wide price range as well as features. Click the links:

Thrustmaster (http://us.thrustmaster.com/products/bytype.php3?skin=Joysticks&selector=9) Top Gun Afterburner (one model has force feedback)
Saitek (http://www.saitek.com/uk/prod/joysticks.htm) X45
Thrustmaster (http://us.thrustmaster.com/products/bytype.php3?skin=Joysticks&selector=9) Cougar
CH Products (http://www.chproducts.com/retail/usb_home.html) Stick and throttles

The Top Gun is at the lower end of the scale. ~$40-$50 USD
The Saitek is about the middle. Reconditioned ones for as low as ~$35 USD New ones a bit more.
The Ch Products you can mix and match for a wide price range and features. Might need rudder pedals.
The Cougar is near the top, but needs expensive modifications to the most out of it, as well as rudder pedals. Starts new around ~$250-$300 USD

Good hunting,
Cajun76

[This message was edited by Cajun76 on Fri January 23 2004 at 05:46 PM.]

[This message was edited by Cajun76 on Fri January 23 2004 at 05:52 PM.]