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Saitek Aviator Flightstick for PC and Xbox 360


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  • Trigger and three buttons on head of stick
  • POV hat switch (d-pad)
  • 8 buttons on base of stick
  • Throttle lever
  • Works with Windows XP XP64 Vista or Xbox 360
2 used from $95.00

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 8 x 10.6 inches ; 2.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001EYU1W8
  • Item model number: PS41
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,500 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 15, 2008

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Get on your enemy's 'six', chalk up another kill and rule the skies with the Saitek Aviator -- the best way to play flight games on your Xbox 360 and PC. The Aviator gives you total accuracy and complete control, improving the way you play air combat games, heightening realism and enhancing gameplay.

Features include:

  • 3 buttons, heavy duty trigger and POV analog stick
  • 2 buttons, Start and Select and D-pad
  • Dual mode switch - changes control layout to support different games
  • Communicate with your wingmen online with integrated Xbox Live headset connector
  • Large, flat base gives total stability

System Requirement:

  • Connectivity: USB 1.1/2.0
  • System Requirement: Xbox 360, Windows XP, XP64 and Windows Vista (all versions)

Works great with:

  • Tom Clancy: HAWX
  • Blazing Angels
  • Blazing Angels 2
  • Ace Combat 6

Product Description

Xbox 360-compatible version of the Aviator stick. System Requirements: Xbox 360. Produce Benefits and Features include Trigger and three buttons on head of stick,POV hat switch (d-pad), 8 buttons on base of stick, Throttle lever, Twist axis for rudder, Xbox guide button , Provides much more intuitive control method for flight games than a gamepad can offer.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Its like you are actually flying a plane.
Roland Taylor
The deadzone is meant to make it easier for gamepad players, but the side effect is that flight sticks like this Saitek stick suffer from lack of precision.
Jerry K
Do not ... I repeat do NOT waste your money on this junk.
blorbafinga

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jay on April 4, 2009
I prefer having a separate controller and thrust unit but I don't have a table and chair setup; just a couch; so I needed something I could hold in my lap. For Hawx, this stick works out really well except for the occassional reach back to drop a flare. Left hand on the thrust, right hand on the controller and you have 99% of what you need including rudder control (stick twist). This is a good responsive controller that makes the game a lot more fun than the regular controller!

I am happy with my purchase and I would definately buy it again. But I'd rather pay [...] bucks more and have a better designed controller.

Overall this is a three star controller (meaning good, not great), but the low price and lack of options on the market force me to give it 4. Hope this helps!

Here are a few general design complaints: 1) The buttons on the back accidently get pushed from time to time if you have the controller on your lap. 2) The missle button is in the middle with no way to remap to the left button. I suspect they did this for left handers but I think they could have used black unlabeled buttons, made the left button the missle button and added a manual switch to reverse the missile button from the left to the right. 3) The flap over the button is kind of stupid.

>> P.S. I paid $49.99, beware of price gouging by third party vendors.
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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Jerry K on October 5, 2009
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This joystick does not function correctly with most Xbox 360 flight games, due to a large deadzone programmed into most games.

If you don't know what a deadzone is, it's basically the size of an area where any movement of a stick is not recognized. If the deadzone is too small, even miniscule movements will register an input. But if it's too large, a player must make large movements with the stick before anything is registered.

The deadzone is meant to make it easier for gamepad players, but the side effect is that flight sticks like this Saitek stick suffer from lack of precision. Only the 360's HAWX game has addressed the issue. For Ace Combat and other games, the huge deadzone makes small, fine movements nearly impossible. You're much better off with the thumb sticks of the standard gamepad.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Informed Buyer on April 14, 2009
I received this controller from a competitors website due to the fact at the time, strangely enough this same controller was mis-priced on Amazon for nearly 120.00 for the Xbox 360 console version (non PS3). The price listed now is accurate (around 50 bucks) - and I would have surely bought from Amazon - this site is great.

All I can say is, whooooooahhh. Plug this baby in the Xbox 360 usb port and you are ready for intense battles. Sooooooo much fun. I got Ace Combat 6 - Blazing A's 2 - and Hawx just so I could experience the joystick (bought the games from Amazon :-P). The light weight that others may mention are about the only shortcumming I can think of, but they DON"T (emphasis on DON"T) affect gameplay at all. This cool joystick sits right on your lap if you like, works for both lefties and righties - and sits amazingly stable on a flat table. The control is accurate, fantastic, ergonomic and non-flawed. Changing views to a first person in the cockpit, and using this stick is absolutely thrilling. Don't hesitate to buy this device. The next gen flight games are crazy - but they get placed on a whole new interactive level with this stick.

Not a gimmick, you simply have better control of the planes and weapons with this stick - straight up balls to the walls blast :)
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on June 19, 2009
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I've played several 360 games now with this stick: Hawx, Ace Combat 6, Blazing Angels and Project Sylpheed (a space shooter), and ultimately, it makes the games a LOT more fun. It's configured perfectly for Hawx, AC6 and the Blazing Angels game - just plug and play. I had to tweak the controls a bit for Sylpheed, but was able to fairly easily come up with a configuration that worked fine. It's a very different and, IMO, superior experience playing flight games with a joystick compared to the Xbox controller, and the PS41 does the trick nicely. And it's a great value as well! Now I just hope we get some more games to play on it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By blorbafinga on May 1, 2012
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This has got to be the worst joystick on the market since the atari system. The dead zones are not the issue, although they are there. The worst part is that it is cheaply made. The one I had broke within the first hour of game time. The handle broke off where it goes into the housing. It didn't snap off from stress, it just came off in my hand. After spending $75 to get it I figured I'd be gentle with it. That didn't help. I've played flight sims for years on PC and thought I'd give the 360 a go. If you want a stick that will last a bit longer than a few flights, set your sights on anything but this one. It is very cheaply made and isn't constructed well enough to have it given away. Do not ... I repeat do NOT waste your money on this junk.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By joeThePlumber on July 19, 2009
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This is a lightweight control but very well balanced. You need to put it at a level where your arm remains horizontal or below. It is calibrated very well out of factory but I doubt that would last over a few years of use.

It works just like that with MS Flight Sim X Deluxe. I did not have to install Saitek driver for it. Probably I would get more options to reassign the buttons with Saitek app but haven't tried that yet. By the way, this is on Windows 7 RC Build 7100.
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