Flight control


When I activate a primary flight control (aileron, depth control, etc.) it does not return to neutral position. I can take off but then the rudder stays up to the maximum, even if my joystick is in neutral position (hotas X52 pro)

It is the same with the keyboard. As soon as I press on 8 for example, the rudder rears up to the maximum.

Sounds like a mapping issue, mapping an axis to a button for example. Did you setup the mappings yourself?

I expect @Wayzegoose has identified your problem - at least with your joystick. MSFS has 2 different types of commands for things that move “gradually” (control surfaces, engine controls, brakes). One set are “binary” (all on/all off) like Rudder Left and Rudder Right. They are made to be mapped to key press / button inputs. The other type of commands are “Axis” commands that are designed to move proportionally under control of a joystick axis, throttle slider, brake / rudder pedals, etc. You will need to dive into the Options > Controls setup screen to see which commands are mapped on your joystick.

There are several good resources for this:

If you did set up the bindings on your joystick yourself, here are some additional hints that might help with getting things the way you want. Rick

  • The Control Filter at the bottom of the left part of the screen defaults to “Assigned” which only shows the commands that are currently bound to the selected controller. If the controller doesn’t have default bindings, you won’t see anything! To see all the commands, change the filter to “All”. To see a recommended set of starting commands select “Essentials”. The “Search By Name” will let you narrow down the (very long!) list of commands. Helpful Name searches are “Axis” (see below) and the various views “Cockpit”, “Instrument”, “Drone”, “External”.
  • To bind an input (button, switch, slider, axis) you don’t need to know the actual input number for your controller. MSFS can recognize the input just by activating it during binding. When you click on a command, it will bring up the “binding window”. Click on the space that says “Search By Input” and it will light up. Now physically activate the input on your controller. The space should fill in with the input number. Click “Validate” to complete the binding.
  • All “linear” controls need to use the “AXIS” commands, not the basic commands. That is the issue you are having with your control inputs. This includes control surfaces, engine controls (throttle, etc), brakes, etc. Basically anything that needs proportional input will use the “Axis” version of the command.
  • Unless you have a complex throttle quadrant with multiple throttles, make sure you bind your Throttle to the “Throttle Axis” command and not any of the numbered Throttles. This will control all throttles on multi-engine aircraft simultaneously.
  • A lot of the MSFS default controller profiles use the “Cockpit Quickview” commands which snap back to center. The secret to smooth panning around the Cockpit is to use the “Cockpit Look” commands. Make sure you delete any currently assigned Cockpit View commands for the Hat and then create new bindings using “Cockpit Look”. Depending on your hat, you can map 4 or 8 directions.
  • You can actually access and change Control bindings while inside the live sim (use Esc to get to the main menus). This is helpful if you are trying to fine tune or debug things.
  • You can create multiple binding Profiles for each of your Controllers. This is helpful if you want to map your controls differently for different aircraft. It is also useful if you need to adjust the Sensitivity settings differently for different aircraft. Just make sure you select the correct Profile for each session by using the little scroll bar under each controller in the Controls screen…
  • I have not used any external controller management or calibration applications or drivers. If you do, your mileage may vary! For sure any control input assignments you make outside MSFS will not carry through inside the sim. The CH Manager application has caused problems for some users of CH products.
  • Adding an Xbox Game Controller (wired or wireless) makes controlling the Drone Cam and Slew really easy and intuitive! MSFS immediately recognizes it and sets up all the bindings by Default.
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