Controller sensitivity issues? Sim Issues? - Who's flying this plane anyway? (wink!)


AMD Ryzen 7 5700G with Radeon Graphics @ 3.80 GHz
32 gigs of G-SKILL DDR-4 RAM
A Gigabyte B550 motherboard
An AsRock RX-6800 Video card with 16G DDR6 VRAM
Windows 10, fully current as of this point in time.
Saitek X52 HOTAS, calibrated.


Yay me! I have finally gotten to the point where I am actually trying to FLY instead of re-installing and dinking - and. . . .

I don’t even know where to start. . . . so much is just behaving so strangely compared to other versions of MSFS and X-Plane.

For example, I am trying to fly a Diamond Katana out of Ostafievo, (UUMO), which I fly regularly in X-Plane and I have a standard setup:

  • Time and date: Mid June, 12:00 noon.
  • No clouds, no wind.
  • Unexhaustable fuel
  • Auto-coordination turned on.
  • Start flight on RWY 7 with the engine running.

I take off and get to about 1500 - 2000’ AGL and the plane is just unbelievably unstable. Pitch left, pitch right, bouncing up and down, almost as if this were a poorly maintained arcade game and not a flight simulator. It should also be noted that the way the scenery moves in front of the aircraft looks like the aircraft is on a stick in front of a screen as if it were an arcade game, but that’s a different story - maybe.

Sometimes breathing on the control stick almost flips the plane - other times I have to yank the stick hard to get it to do anything at all. Trim? Fuggeddaboutit! I’m not one that’s prone to motion sickness, but this has got me wondering.

To add insult to injury, the simulator periodically goes “brain-dead” for brief instants - no red on the FPS gauge - the entire game just stops for a second or two, (including audio), then continues as if nothing had happened.

I’m absolutely at a loss - is this a controller issue? Is it a game issue? Is it a configuration issue? I’m not even sure where to begin to look for the questions to ask, let alone what answers to give.

Any ideas, or do I wipe the machine, reinstall Windows, and then spend another week getting MSFS reinstalled. (Or just go fly something else?)

Any help, or even good questions to ask, would be appreciated! And no, I’m not trying to be deliberately vague - I just don’t know what else to tell you.

I think that I have found a cause, if not a solution:

  • Setting the weather to cloudless skies, mid June: Flying is very unstable.
  • Setting the weather to cloudless skies, mid January: Flying is much more stable.

My tentative conclusion is that MSFS is simulating heavy thermal activity which makes flight unstable.

That then begs the question - can we regulate “thermals”?