Do you still use the TQ6 as your main throttle? Why?
I was thinking of getting one but for me the Honeycomb Bravo offers so much more for a LOT less cost. Is there any benefit to spending 3 times as much? I mean the price of this is ridiculous considering what you can get now.
It got me wondering who would be purchasing these units now that the Honeycomb Bravo is widely available now. It seems such a high cost for so little versatility. I know the quality of this is probably unbeatable but I wonder if they will see sales drop because of the Honeycomb.
It seems like a device primarily for commercial flight simulator training, but their YouTube channel has videos about very basic flight techniques. It seems like a product that only a very few hobbyists would purchase.
I purchased mine before the Honeycomb Bravo was released so I am not sure if I would have gone that way if it had been available. I use it 100% of the time with fixed wing a/c and I am very happy with it.
I have the VirtualFly TQ6. It uses Hall Effect sensors which are absolutely linear in their response curve and totally noise free. The “throw” distance of the levers is very long, allowing extremely precise control. All components are made of metal and the build quality is superb. This is a unit which could easily last 20 years of daily use.
You can’t beat the metal. worth every penny
I don’t own the TQ6 but I’d certainly buy it over the Bravo. There is simply no comparison in quality. I think the only feature I prefer on the Bravo over the TQ6 are the changeable levers/handles. Some of the reasons why the TQ6 is a more compelling purchase.
It’s mostly metal where as the Bravo is mostly plastic.
It uses Hall effect sensing rather than potentiometers like the Bravo.
It will last, unlike the Bravo.
It has a much smaller footprint.
It has a more realistic feel.
It concentrates on being a TQ rather all the other nonsense bundled with the Bravo.
I am personally waiting for what I believe will be the better of both of these the Fulcrum TQ. It should have all the features of the TQ6 but with interchangeable handles like the Bravo. I own the Fulcrum One yoke and it is fantastic quality and so smooth. Certainly highly recommended. I’m sure the TQ will be equally as good.
Here is a teaser of the Fulcrum at the end of this video. Most of what you see is not finalised and this is just to demonstrate an early concept of what it’s likely to be based on.
Yes I agree that having potentiometers and being all metal is a bonus. I must say though that the extra features on the Bravo is not all nonsense. The gear and flap lever are particularly useful and I would miss these a lot if they were not there.
It makes me wonder what people use as the gear and flaps that have the TQ6. This makes the whole experience more realistic.
I have a Saitek 3 lever quadrant as well with 6 switches. I use one set of switches for gear up/down, and another set for flaps extend one notch and retract one notch. I don’t care about “realism” but functionality. I use one of the levers of the Saitek for spoilers.
I do have the Alpha yoke.
I have no need for the trim wheel of the Bravo. I fly only jets and turboprops, which do not have trim wheels but use switches on the yoke for trim.
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Yes the gear and flap and also the trim wheel are probably the most useful out of the extra stuff. When I said nonsense I meant things that were not part of a traditional aircraft TQ. Both flaps and gear levers however useful are not part of a real TQ. If anything it’s the trim wheel that is often co-located with the TQ. There are switch panels for flap and gear switches. All the other stuff included with the Bravo is just extras not needed on a quadrant. It’s really trying to be too much.
I have the TQ6+, and couldn’t recommend it more. It just feels like a quality bit of kit. Hall effect sensors, 12bit precision, and a long throw makes them a joy to use allowing for very precise adjustments. There are little wheels on either side for controlling the amount of friction you want.
All of that can be said for the Yoko+ as well, minus the friction adjustment.