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Great addition to a flight sim setup,
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This review is from: Saitek PRO Flight Radio Panel (Electronics)I bought this because I wanted to be able to navigate and use the ATC functions in FSX without having to use the click spots in the virtual cockpit which can be really fiddly to use whilst maintaining control of the plane.
The radio panel arrived and was well packaged, the face of the panel screws to a stand that supports it so if you were buildling a cockpit you could just use the panel without the stand. Installation was simple and FSX recognised it straight away.
The other review comments about the controls are spot on, but shouldn't detract from this product. The selector for the different radio types is quite stiff to use, but you quickly get used to the right amount of effort required and the tuning dials are a bit imprecise as the 'clicks' don't correspond with the increments on the radio (it's about a 2:1 ratio of frequency to clicks). However given that this tunes both COM and NAV this is perfectly understandable - they have different increments, so something was going to be wrong.
My favourite feature is the DME readout which updates with your speed and distance to a DME equiped nav aid, I also like that when you use the 'Nearest Aiport' option in FSX you can then tune the radio manually and it recognises that you've selected an airport frequency and shows you the options to talk to that frequency.
If you want to navigate and communicate in FSX I think this is a must have, you don't have to want a full cockpit setup, but this one controller makes it so much easier to fly a flight plan than using the mouse and the VC. Well worth the price.