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Saitek PRO Flight Switch Panel (PZ55)

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  • Realistic landing gear control with LEDs indicating actual gear status from Microsoft FSX
  • Start your aircraft engines and access other cockpit functions with ease
  • Conveniently attaches to the base of the PZ44 Saitek Pro Flight Yoke System (sold separately)
  • Compatible: Windows 7, XP/XP64, and Vista
  • Connects via USB 2.0
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 13.2 x 11.7 inches ; 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001EYU1WS
  • Item model number: PZ55
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
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  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 14, 2004

Product Description

Product Description

Upgrade your flight simulation experience for Microsoft Flight Simulator X with the Saitek Pro Flight Switch Panel. Whether attached to the Saitek Pro Flight Yoke System, free standing on a desk or mounted into your own cockpit setup, the Saitek Pro Flight Switch Panel is an ideal way to expand the number of controls for your flight simulation setup. Control your landing gear, engine power, landing lights and 11 other important aircraft functions from one compact unit.

From the Manufacturer

Upgrade your flight simulation experience for Microsoft Flight Simulator X with the Saitek Pro Flight Switch Panel. Whether attached to the Saitek Pro Flight Yoke System, free standing on a desk or mounted into your own cockpit setup, the Pro Flight Switch Panel is an ideal way to expand the number of controls for your flight simulation setup. Control your landing gear, engine power, landing lights and 11 other important aircraft functions from one compact unit.

Features include:

  • Realistic landing gear control with LEDs indicating actual gear status from Microsoft FSX
  • Start your aircraft engines and access other cockpit functions with ease
  • Conveniently attaches to the base of the Pro Flight Yoke System (sold separately)
  • Connectivity: USB 1.1/2.0
  • Works with: Windows XP, XP64 and Vista (all versions)

From the Manufacturer

Saitek Pro Flight Switch Panel for PC and Mac

“Love the functionality… the accessible, positive switches located in one place on the panel.”

– flightsim.com

Closer to Reality

Closer to Reality

Attach the Switch Panel to your Saitek Pro Flight Yoke, place it atop your desk, or even mount it to your own custom cockpit setup. Control your landing gear and lights, engine power and other important aircraft functions, all from one compact unit.

Elite Features

  • Realistic, Sturdy Switches Control Your Aircraft’s Lights and Functions
  • 5-Position Magneto Dial Ideal for Authentic Engine Ignition
  • Landing Gear Panel with Control Lever and LED Indicator Lights

Flight Simulation Software Compatibility

  • FSX - Flight Simulator X (PC only)
  • X-Plane 10 (PC and Mac)
  • Prepar3D 2.2 (PC only)
  • Most Other Flight Simulation Software

Multiple In-Cockpit Controls

5-Position Magneto Dial Ignites Engines

The Switch Panel accommodates a wide range of different aircraft and features a 5-setting rotary switch that individually controls the magnetos in your plane’s ignition system. The ‘R’ and ‘L’ positions activate their respective magneto in each engine, ‘BOTH/ALL’ activates every magneto, and moving to ‘START’ engages the starter. Once engaged, the engines and magnetos turn, working in unison to fire at exactly the right time in the ignition process.

Realistic Landing Gear Control with LED Indicators

Convenient LEDs provide visual indication of real-time gear status from FSX and Prepar3D. If your flight sim of choice is X-Plane, plugins are available for direct download from the Saitek website. Now you can see the exact state of your landing gear with a mere glance at the Switch Panel.

Fully Customizable to Meet Your Needs

Saitek’s Pro Flight Yoke is the foundation of an authentic flight sim experience and built to harmonize with many other Saitek flight simulation products. Saitek's range of Instrument Panels are modular and interchangeable by design, and can be situated one on top of another or side-by-side. Want the Altimeter above the Compass? Done. Want your Vertical Speed Indicator to the left of your Airborne Direction Finder? Go for it. It’s your choice. Easy-to-use mounting brackets provide the means to arrange your flight simulation setup in a configuration only limited by your imagination.

Saitek Pro Flight Simulator Cockpit Shell – The Ideal Hangar for Flight Sim Gear

Our cockpit shell is styled after GA trainers, and ready to accept your current and future flight sim hardware. Begin with Saitek's Pro Flight Yoke, then easily add Rudder Pedals and a multitude of Switch, Navigation, and Instrument Panels to fully equip your flight simulator. Commercial or private, seasoned or novice, you have the ability to build your setup with all the essentials needed to vastly improve your skill set and muscle memory.

Get the Ultimate Pre-made Flight Sim Cockpit

Saitek now offers two solutions which effectively remove the guesswork from creating your own flight sim setup. The first solution is a solidly built, custom cockpit frame which securely houses all of your Pro Flight gear. The second solution is even more robust – a fully loaded, professional-grade cockpit which includes all controls and instruments to qualify as a complete procedure trainer.


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Product is very well made and works exactly as expected.
Lester J. Tinnin
Saitek (Mad Catz) does not care about fixing known issues, they would rather keep sending you new merchandise under their two year warranty with the same problem.
Daniel E Temkin
All the drivers and interfaces work without issues on Windows 7 64 bit.
Waynemia

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

50 of 55 people found the following review helpful By CST VINE VOICE on January 19, 2009
This is a interesting little piece of plastic. And I recommend and enjoy it with some unfortunate reservations. Be aware of a few little things that make you go, "Huh, what were they thinking?"

It ships with a hex tool to unscrew the screws on the companion pro flight throttle for mounting. Problem is, it's the wrong size....way too small...so you will need a #3 hex tool handy if you want to mount to the companion yoke. Also, the instructions suggest using the 2 inner screw mount points. I suggest you use 2 mount points wider apart, other wise the panel will sway from side to side.

The mounting bracket is quite flimsy. So much so that when you flip switches the panel console moves, front to back. Disappointingly poor engineering design especially when you see they have plans to hang more stuff off this in time to come.

The mag switch is mixed up (L/R should be R/L)

You can't assign or change functions to switches on this unit as you can with the yoke or throttle.

The Saitek website doesn't tell you what driver version is the latest much less what issues it addresses.

OK, that's the annoying stupid stuff.

The good stuff:

There is a new driver available on the Saitek web site!

The inoperative cowl flap switch has been fixed with driver rev 6.5.8.4 (But it's either open or closed, nothing incremental.)

The inoperative deice switch has been fixed with driver rev 6.5.8.4 (Still, if it's not implemented in FSX, why designate a switch for it?)

The incorrect landing gear light sequence has been fixed with driver rev 6.5.8.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By T. Norris on November 12, 2009
I won't re-hash all of the previous comments but merely add my experiences that I haven't seen posted yet.

First, the good points (from a real-world pilot):

Unit functions as described. I used the included screws to mount it solidly on top of my Saitek radio panel.

I am building a center console for my simpit and the option to de-mount the unit from it's plastic enclosure is a big plus. This will allow me to mount it in the center console with no problems.

The landing gear lights sequence CORRECTLY when the gear is coming down. For instance, if the right main gear goes down and locks before the others, then that gear light will correctly turn green while the others are still in-transit. Very nice touch since Saitek could have simply went with "all up" or "all down". I had a left main gear failure on an EMB-120 and this unit correctly showed that gear to be stuck in-transit so it really added to the experience.

Although there is only one "start" position on the knob to the far left, I can still start my jet (B757) correctly by sequencing the air valves, using the START knob and starting that engine, return the knob to run once started, then do the same with the other engine. Not quite as realistic as the Real Thing but this should work great in a single-engine aircraft (for which it was intended).

As far as general-aviation aircraft go (such as the C-172), you can properly perform a runup by starting the engine, setting the parking brake, running up to 1800 RPM and sequence the left and right magnetos. I checked the accuracy of the unit by "failing" the left magneto in the C-172 and during the engine runup, selecting the Left mag. The engine (correctly) wanted to die at that point so the knob functions as in the real aircraft.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 22, 2009
This is a very nice addition to my simulator.
My computer has Windows Vista 64 bit. I use yoke, pedals and Quadrant from CH Products. I have FS "X".
I plugged it in, installed the software from the CD. All switches worked except the "cowl open/close". I followed the advice from another reviewer and downloaded the driver from Seitek (site very easy to navigate), installed it and everything works great. It is a great addition to my simulator and as someone else said it frees quadrant switches for other things.
I have a wooden desk and I used bolts and nuts to secure it to the desk (the holes are already provided from Seitek), all it takes is $2 of hardware from HomeDepot.
Note: Amazon will not give you free shipping on this item.
"Volo Sim Ergo Sum"
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By N8 on April 12, 2013
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I don't usually write reviews but everyone should be warned about this product.

I'm now returning the second switch panel straight out of the brand new box. The first unit had a bad (N) LED landing light. The second one had a broken landing gear knob switch. I have read a few reviews online and it looks like this is just a poorly designed product. If you got a working one it might be just a matter of time before it fails on you too.

The drivers are proprietary to FSX and X-Plane. The X-plane install is harder because you'll need to download and copy files to a directory on your computer.

I should mention that my Saitek Pro Flight Cessna Yoke System, Saitek PRO Flight TPM System and Saitek PRO Flight Combat Rudder Pedals have been working great.

Come on Saitek, you're better than this...Steer clear of this switch panel!
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November 12, 2014
Hi! We definitely apologize about any troubles that you are experiencing and would be more than happy to assist you as it is our goal to make sure our customers are satisfied. We definitely back up our products and support 100 percent. Please give a call to our customer support/tech call center Toll Free: 1 (800) 659-2287 Phone Hours: 7AM - 3PM PST - Monday - Friday If you are unable to reach us feel free to reach us via email by submitting a ticket at support.madcatz.com

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