Last week I received a handy little autopilot panel. It enhanced my flying experience in VR quite a bit. It’s such a nice little panel and I had not seen this unit before so I thought I’d share it here.
I stumbled across a video on Youtube (https://youtu.be/cw3XfAj2Cpg) about a small unit made by the same company (Axair). I was looking for a small AP/Nav/Com panel to go with my VR flying experience. Doing everything with a mouse is not ideal. You have to react quickly to ATC giving you new altitudes, headings, QNH, FLC, VS, etc. So I was looking for something to accompany my Logitech X52 Pro Hotas. There are quite some buttons on the Hotas, but not enough to utilize the autopilot panel in many aircraft and they are also not organized in a way that they can function as an autopilot. I don’t have room on my desk for Saitek panels or a honeycomb Bravo and I don’t want to spend € 400 on a Virpil panel.
The unit I purchased is the Axair Miap. See AXBOX SHOP (laptime.nl). It is small but it can do a lot. There are 6 rotary knobs that can also be pressed, 11 buttons and two switches. I has a lot of possibilities for both GA aircraft, jets and airliners. You have to program it yourself in the sim, but that is quite easy and there are some instruction videos online. It has rubber feet on the bottom so it doesn’t slide easily. The buttons are quite sturdy, but not to the same level of a Virpil or Warthog panel. But it isn’t very expensive. I paid (incl. shipping and import duties) around € 85.
There two other products that I find interesting too: the Axair Mili (basic light functions and some other knobs), Axair Easy (does everything this unit does but even smaller). The mini controls are not my taste but if you’re travelling a lot and want to fly on your laptop it may be for you.
In conclusion if you are looking for a small panel with loads of functionality this is for you. Highly recommended!