The GoFlight GF-TQ6 is the first commercial level flight peripheral to appear on flightcontrols.org. Most of the flight peripherals covered on this website are aimed mainly at the beginner(casual) to intermediate flight simulator enthusiasts. For those that want to build a commercial level flight simulator than GoFlight is one of those companies that create a variety of generic flight peripherals squarely aimed at commercial level sim builders. So what is the difference between commercial level and entry level flight controllers?
In terms of general function, flight peripherals have come a long way especially at the consumer level range. Products from manufactures such as CH products and Saitek allow you to control your air plane pretty realistically at a comparably affordable price. However, most of the products by Saitek or even CH products sacrifice a little bit realism to provide a generic flight peripheral. Although there are some exceptions such as the Thrustmaster warthog, if you wanted say for example a Boeing 747 throttle quadrant you really only have two choices. The first choice is to actually build your own throttle quadrant using a little bit of wood and a lot of know-how or go to companies like GoFlight which produce replica throttle quadrants that are made specifically to plug and play with popular flight simulation software such as Microsoft flight simulator X.
GoFlight GF-TQ6 Throttle Quadrant Features
The GoFlight GF-TQ6 throttle quadrant is modelled closely after the throttle unit that you would expect to see in any modern Boeing four engine jet. Beginning from the left you have the spoiler lever, jet thrust levers, reverse thrust levers and also the flap handle. This configuration is by no means the only one that you are stuck with, as you can pop out the handles and replace them with other coloured variants to represent things such as propeller pitch and mixture.
The unit is made almost entirely of metal and size appropriately for what you would expect to see on a real throttle quadrant. By comparison, all throttle quadrants from either CH products or Saitek use primarily plastic handles and plastic construction. In terms of size, obviously the GoFlight GF-TQ6 is going to be much bigger than any throttle quadrant by Saitek or CH products. The biggest benefit of this is now you have a proper and realistc full range of motion on all your levers.
- All metal construction. Realistic throw and positioning for a 747 throttle quadrant
- 1 x spoiler lever
- 4 x jet thrust levers
- 4 x reverse thrust levers
- 1 x flap handle
- Buy now at Amazon
- Dimensions: 5 x 7.2 x 4 inches
- Weight: 4 pounds
GoFlight GF-TQ6 Throttle Quadrant Review
The default setup of the GoFlight GF-TQ6 fits the bill for a Boeing 7474 engine jet perfectly. So you have to keep in mind that in terms of form, the throttle resembles that of a Boeing throttle quadrant no matter what coloured knobs you put on it.
In terms of mounting, there are mounting holes located on various panels on the throttle quadrant itself. Unlike consumer level flight peripherals, you won’t find any desk clamps or Velcro strips here.
If you are building your own cockpit then the GoFlight GF-TQ6 can either be screwed down on your own wooden framework or otherwise mounted using a GoFlight racks which can easily slot the throttle quadrant in together with other GoFlight avionic panels.
The connection of the GoFlight GF-TQ6 is via a standard USB cable but in order to configure the throttle quadrant you need to install GoFlight’s own configuration program.
This throttle quadrant works properly on flight simulator 10 however make sure that you disable all other controller axis in the controller setup screen on flight simulator 10 so that you don’t have any problems with flight peripherals fighting over each other trying to control a single axis. Most of the problems I read about concerning the GoFlight GF-TQ6 have to do with users unwittingly forgetting to remove extraneous axis assignments that inevitably play havoc on the whole system.
In terms of feel, most users online report that the controls are smooth if not a little bit stiff straight out of the box. This is probably to be expected and hopefully over time the controls will start to loosen a little bit with use. Obviously compared to the CH products throttle quadrant, the GoFlight GF-TQ6 is a serious piece of metal hardware so you should expect that some controls be a little bit more stiff to move.
There are some caveats with this product. The levers themselves are not motorised. Basically this means if you fly a Boeing 747 and hit the TO/GA button the thrust levers on the GoFlight GF-TQ6 will not move automatically as it does on a real Boeing 747. Just make sure that when you turn the autopilot off the thrust levers are in an appropriate position! No doubt, it is possible to get motorised levers however you can expect to pay a lot more for this function.
Basically with the GoFlight GF-TQ6 your paying extra for a levers which are appropriately sized and placed with the most realistic travel you can expect especially when used in a Boeing 747 setup. In terms of price expect to pay at least triple of what you would for any CH products or Saitek throttle quadrant. On the other hand expect this throttle quadrant to last for years. If you do fly Boeing 747s then this throttle quadrant would be the cheapest option available to you, esspecially if you need something that actually looks like what you would expect to find in a real Boeing 747 cockpit.
GoFlight GF-TQ6 Throttle Quadrant Conclusions
The GoFlight GF-TQ6 throttle quadrant has been on the market for many years. Any problems that might have occurred when it was first released have been ironed out a long time ago. This is a stable and great quality throttle quadrant that fits the bill for Boeing 747 enthusiasts. Even if you don’t fly a Boeing 747 the ability to change the knobs on the levers themselves means that you will always have a set up that will fit your needs. The throttle quadrant itself consists of 10 levers and will handle any of four engine plane with ease. If you are looking for a step up from the consumer level flight throttle quadrants than the GoFlight GF-TQ6 would be first on your candidate list.
- All levers you need to fly a 4 engine Boeing 747 realistically
- Durable metal construction
- Easy to install on FSX 10
- A fantastic step up from consumer level flight controllers
- The $price
- Levers are not motorised (most aren’t so its more of a warning)
- Big unit, requires a proper mounting area (no clamps)
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