The All New Honeycomb Alpha Flight Controls
Who hasn’t used or still using Saitek, Logitech, Thrustmaster, CH, VKB Gladiator hardware that can be used in combination with many flight simulators like X-Plane, FlightGear, FS2004, FSX, P3D and others. Since this review deals with a new hardware manufacture, lets pinpoint a bit more to Saitek flight sim hardware since that was and still is for some “the” ultimate hardware or perhaps not?
Some had good experiences with the original Logitech flight simulator stuff, while others used and where satisfied with Saitek. A while ago Saitek was bought by Logi and with that the Saitek era ended officially which doesn’t mean you can’t buy any Saitek stuff anymore, but since the company who sold Saitek officially stopped producing and selling it, it also created a gap which or what payable hardware should you buy.
Although you can still buy Saitek and other simulator hardware in this price range, there was a need for some new, some refreshing. On purpose I write “in this price range” since there’s much more out there then what I just highlighted in the previous paragraph. Think for example about about Elite Simulation Solutions or Precision Flight Controls hardware.
Recently a new simulator hardware manufacture entered the hardware arena; Honeycomb Aeronautical. According to their website and founder Nicki “Based in San Diego CA, Honeycomb Aeronautical was founded in 2015 with the sole goal of creating and providing affordable flight simulation hardware. We wanted to focus on creating a modern look while staying true to actual cockpit designs. We added functions that are important in a flight sim environment like extra buttons and hat-switches, so more programmable features and assignments are available.”
Nicki continues “We also created a table mounting system that doesn’t require any clamps onto the table and can be used on most table and desk surfaces .The mechanical engineering for the Yoke was handled by Precision Flight Controls who have more than 25 years of experience in creating high-end flight simulators for the professional aviation industry.”
“By using existing components that have been evolutionally developed and tested over many decades, it ensured us that we would have the right feel and mechanical quality. Honeycomb founder, Nicki Repenning has more than 10 years of experience in flight simulation, including 6 years of managing the Saitek Pro Flight Brand in North America.”
And that brings me to this hardware review. I had in the past several Saitek products and still have a couple of yokes. I did had the Saitek Pro Flight Control unit and a separate throttle device. Except for the X65 Rhino which has a lot of Aluminium part, most of the simulator hardware is made of cheap plastic. Not really a problems as long as the bearings or other moving parts are made to withstand the simmer flying technical skills.
That’s not always the case and also the warranty period is important. That was when I recall only 1 year while the reviewed Honeycomb Alpha Flight Controls has a 5-year tension band replacement warranty and a 2-year overall limited warranty. That not good, no, that’s excellent!
Alpha Flight Controls Look and Feel
I was pleased to get my review sample directly from Aerosoft GmbH in Germany and would like to thank them for this and in particular Winfried Diekmann who arranged this for me. Different then when you buy it in a shop, the Honeycomb Aeronautical Alpha Flight Controls was delivered to me in a brown box with inside the nicely decorated Honeycomb box. Nothing special you would say, but I was surprised about the overall weight.
Ok, it’s not 40 kilogram or roughly 88 lbs, but it’s quite heavy and I though perhaps there’s something wrong or perhaps it’s something else that’s in the box till I opened it. It was really that heavy so to me that means it’s a bit more than only plastic or other material. The only way to find that out is to open the Honeycomb box.
Time to open the Honeycomb blue box. I see wrapped in plastic the multi-language (English – German – French) user manual. Worth to highlight right now, the Alpha Flight Controls unit is compatible with both Windows and macOS. There’s nothing written, nor on the box nor in the user manual about Linux compatibility. Looking to the X-Plane 11.50 beta “joy” files I got the impression that there’s also a Linux file. That said, I may assume that the unit can be used with Windows, Linux and Mac.
Then there’s a small plastic bag with six rubber caps. I tried to figure out for what reason these rubber caps could be included. I got the impression that it is to cover up something, but I couldn’t find anything about these rubber caps in the manual. Then I looked and checked the yoke and switch base unit but again, I couldn’t find a place where to put 6 of these rubber pads into. Since I’m not able to contact Honeycomb, I’ve no idea where to put those and honestly, I don’t see why they are included. Perhaps it’s for something later that fits on the Alpha unit?
Further on at the top layer of the box there’s an USB cable (USB Type A to USB-C) to connect the Alpha unit to the computer. One side of the USB cable is USB-C which is inserted into the Alpha unit while the USB Type A goes into the computer or Mac or perhaps an USB hub. This cable is approximately 1.5 meters (4 feet, 11 inches) which is in my humble opinion long enough for normal use. The second cable is a short Ethernet yoke cable to connect the control yoke to the switch panel which is the base unit. Although this is briefly described on page 8 of the English section, it can’t miss where to insert one end of the Ethernet cable and where to put the other end.
And then there’s a huge and impressive mounting plate. Actually, the Honeycomb Alpha unit is mounted on a dual mounting plate solution. You either connect the mounting plate with two clamps to the table or you use the 3M Micro Suction pad which means you don’t need the clamps. If it works fine without the clamps and if the mounting plate with the Alpha Flight Controls unit mounted on it stays at your table while making acrobatic flights, that’s what we will see later.
Clearly noted in the English manual is that when you follow the cleaning instructions of the 3M Micro-Suction, you can be use on and on. In other words, there’s no need to keep, once you’ve placed the mounting plate with the 3M Micro-Suction to the table, it mounted on the table. When you don’t need the mounting plate for a while, then follow the instructions in the manual, reapply the plastic covering to preserve quality and condition of the 3M Micro-Suction.
One last word about the mounting plate. It’s not just a plate. It’s relatively heavy for the size and what it does, it’s stiff and looks professional and made of durable material. In the middle is a metal connecting pin for the yoke housing to slide in a fixate the unit while on the front side you find openings for the clamps. On the other side two lifting levers in case you use the 3M Micro-Suction to lift the plate from the table.
You normally would expect a CD or DVD included with software, but that’s old fashioned, that’s history. On page 10 of the English manual you find the following Honeycomb link where you can download the latests up-to-date drivers and software. The link provided in the manual to download drivers and software is incorrect. The link in the manual is no longer correct so use the one in this review.
The link in the previous paragraph is the correct one, however, since this review deals with the Honeycomb Alpha Flight Controls for X-Plane 11, there’s no need to go to this URL since for X-Plane no software and/or drivers are needed.
And finally, there’s the Alpha Flight Controls unit with switching panel and heavy duty clamps. More about the clamps later. First the Alpha unit itself but first … heavy quality. Just to give you an idea of the used materials and thus their weight; the mounting plate is stiff and counts 400 grams (14 ounce), both clamps together 700 grams (approximately 1.5 lbs), the Alpha Flight Controls unit a whopping 3.7 kilograms (a bit more then 8 lbs)!
The Alpha Flight Controls (yoke) with switch panel is heavy, it feels good, and comes with the necessary “to assign” switches. The plastic yoke – no no, that’s not cheap, but made of a durable construction – has several buttons and trim switches on each end of the horns. The yoke is connected with a metal push-pull shaft to the housing and when moved, it perfectly returns to its neutral point. I hardly feel and see any slack or better to say, no slack!
The housing has at the left front several switches identified for what their purpose is; BCN (beacon), LAND, TAXI, NAV and STROBE. These are all two way switches so there’s no third option in case the aircraft has for example NAV 1 and NAV 2 bulbs or that the landing lights have a RETRACT, EXTEND and ILLUMINATED. Above these light switches you find the red MASTER switches for the ALT and BAT and the white BUS 1 and BUS 2 AVIONICS switches. On the right of the shaft is the magneto switch to start the engine. All the switches and magneto selector feel although made of plastic, durable and OK to me. Since this is not a long-term review, I don’t know how it will be after extensive use, but whenever there’s a problem, you’ve got 2 years of overall warranty.
At the back of the unit you’ll find the USB-C receptacle for connection to your computer while at the front lower section you see the Ethernet receptacle that connect the switches and buttons on the yoke to the unit. A very nice solution I must say since no wires or whatsoever are passing thru the metal yoke shaft. Close to the back USB-C receptacle is also a light pushbutton. With this pushbutton you can control the red LED lighting level at the front of the Alpha Flight Controls. By pressing the button you get 6 LED intensity levels of which one is no LED illumination.
I’m not sure if I can describe it, but the yoke itself as well as the top layer of the base unit; it looks like it has a rubber coating on it that gives a kind of anti-slip. Perhaps it’s not rubber, but for me the feeling of the yoke is perfect. The model or size of the yoke feels OK as well as the durable switches and knobs. Anyway, lets move on and see how difficult, no, how easy it is to configure the unit under macOS and lucky I do have the option to check it also under Windows 10 X-Plane via VMWare.
We know from the previous sections that there’s not really any software and/or updated drivers needed, right?
Actually, and I did mention this before there’s no software or drivers to install when using X-Plane. Although I didn’t had any problems with macOS Catalina, I would like to highlight a couple of things found at the Honeycomb website, section Support.
Via this link you get access to the “Configuring the Alpha Flight Controls page”. Related to X-Plane there’s written “X-Plane 11 already has our Alpha Flight Control buttons and switches mapped to the most common functions for each switch. All you have to do is run the calibration for the joystick and you are all set!”
“NOTE If you are a Mac user, X-Plane’s configurations may not show up as pictured above. You are still able to use the yoke, however it may be harder to configure manually. If you want to fix your configuration settings, see a guide here.”
As you know and read, I’m using a Mac thus macOS. That said, I follow this Honeycomb website link to the Mac related page. Not sure if the Honeycomb page is up-to-date, but as of this writing June 2020, I see a difference. First issue I notice is that only X-Plane 11.41 has the file HoneycombAlphaFlightControl.joy. I assume that’s the same file as mentioned in this URL with the “s” added at the end of the file name. The replacement file is luckily without the “s”, so that shouldn’t be a problem.
But then, and I know it’s still in beta, there’s something different with X-Plane 11.50b10 and the Honeycomb joystick related files. In the related Resources folder there’s no longer a HoneycombAlphaFlightControl(s).joy file, but instead there’s a separate file for Mac, Windows and Linux. I found out that the related Mac, Windows or Linux Honeycomb files are perfectly working with your OS although I guess that’s also applicable for Linux. In other words and in my case, the HoneycombAlphaFlightControl-Mac.joy shows all what is needed for using the Honeycomb yoke and switch unit with macOS. More in a minute.
Honeycomb Flight Controls with X-Plane 11.41.r1
I can tell you already the following; I advice you immediately who uses X-Plane 11.41 to download the Mac joy file from the previous mentioned Honeycomb website and overwrite the old “joy file”. When you don’t do, you won’t see any Honeycomb Flight Controls pictures and no switches, buttons and the engine start selector is assigned. So overwrite the joy file and you’ll see the following screenshots which means it’s all correctly installed and all switches are assigned except for the AVIONICS BUS2 and the white button on the left-hand horn backside.
I tested the Honeycomb Flight Controls with a Cessna 172 which as no BUS2 so it won’t be assigned, but when I load e.g. the default Boeing 737, the BUS2 switch still doesn’t do anything so it isn’t assigned to anything. When I load the default Beechcraft Baron or the Cirrus SF-50 then the BUS2 switch “UP” which is number 7 is assigned to “voltmeter knob up one” which feels not correct since the Baron has no voltmeter. Just to trigger you that either this will be updated later or you assign it yourself to a function you need or prefer.
Honeycomb Flight Controls with X-Plane 11.50b10
As far as I’ve seen and knowing that X-Plane 11.50 is still in beta, there’s a difference in the HoneycombFlighControls.joy file. Looking into the Resources/joystick configs I noticed that the file is renamed in one for Mac, one for Windows and one for Linux. It seems there’s no need to copy and paste the file from the Honeycomb website. After restarting X-Plane 11.50b10, besides that you need to calibrate the pitch and roll axis, the correct pictures are visible and almost all switches, buttons and the selector switch are assigned. Those who aren’t assigned or wrongly can be re-assigned in the same way I do that with every new hardware equipment. But what said, it’s still in beta so perhaps it will be updated and/or corrected.
That’s all for macOS and although I tested this with Catalina, I’m sure it’s the same for macOS Mojave.
Windows 10 Installation
Honeycomb Flight Controls with X-Plane 11.41.r1
It seems that with Windows 10 and X-Plane 10.41 it’s all a bit easier. No new or modified joy file is needed. After starting up X-Plane, you need in the same way as with macOS X-Plane, calibrate the pitch and roll channels. After that’s finished, the different Honeycomb yoke pictures can be found with their switches, buttons and the start selector. As we’ve seen with macOS, almost every switch is assigned for you so ready to go except for the AVIONICS BUS2 switch and the left-hand horn white button on the back. This is the same as we’ve seen when testing with X-Plane for macOS.
I only have X-Plane 11.41 on my VMWare Windows, so I’m not able to test how the Honeycomb Flight Controls unit works with X-Plane 11.50 nor that I have somewhere on my iMac Linux.
Setting Up Things
Fixing the Mounting Plate
That the clamps will do a great job and hold the mounting plate to the table, I’m quite sure about that, but I’m more curious how the 3M Micro-Suction works and if it keep connected to the table when I do an acrobat flight or other flight stunts and pulling and pushing hard on the control yoke. As explained before and written in the manual, I remove the protective plastic and after I cleaned the table, I press it firmly in position and rub it around to fixate the mounting plate. Said before, when you want to remove it, lift the two clips on the front end and before you know, you can slowly pull the mounting plate from the table. Want to store it? Don’t forget to put the plastic back on it.
Adding the Flight Controls unit
Next we need to connect the Flight Controls unit to it. On the backside of the Flight Controls unit you see a hole. As taken from the manual “center the yoke above the mounting plate and adjust placement until the yoke is fixed on the mounting plate.” Actually, it’s a slotted hole “so slide the yoke back – away from you – to lock into place” and thus lock it in the slotted hole. As it is now, the Flight Controls unit is in the correct position, but not yet tightened to the mounting plate. So we continue “On the rear of the yoke you will find two screws locks (locking knobs). Begin to tighten until the screws are embedded within the mounting plate to complete installation.”
When you tighten the screws (this means right hand rotation), the slack the yoke unit had with the mounting plate will be reduced till it’s fixed to the mounting plate. No need to over tighten the screws. Tight is tight! Loosen the screw knobs means a left hand rotation of the screw knobs is needed. When the screws knobs are back in the yoke unit, slide the yoke unit a bit to you and lift it up. It sounds so logic and believe me, it is so easy!
What else do we need more?
As you might have noticed right now, you need a separate throttle unit and you need rudder pedals to control the aircraft YAW and to use the aircraft BRAKES. When you don’t have or don’t want rudder pedals, then you can assign the YAW (rudder) and BRAKES via switches. But most important, you need a separate throttle unit else you can’t fly. It doesn’t make any difference what unit it is, as long as you can control the throttles, mixture, prop position and a throttle unit also offers additional buttons and switches that can be assigned to work in combination with the Honeycomb Flight Controls unit. I choose for this review my Saitek X56 Rhino throttle unit. I could also use my Saitek X-52 Pro throttle unit since that one has also an own connection to the PC or Mac.
Flight Testing the Honeycomb Flight Controls
When everything is settled we’re ready to start up X-Plane. We did check the switches, knobs and selector switch assignments so lets go. Oh yes, I changed my mind and had already the X52 Pro throttle unit assigned so no need to do it once more. With a GA aircraft parked at an airport, I do a couple of ground checks in relation to the Honeycomb yoke and switch panel and double check my Saitek throttle unit assignments. When all OK, I’m ready to go.
A couple of things I can’t check yet since I need to be in the air like checking my trim assignments. By default the Honeycomb joy file has assigned PITCH, ROLL and YAW trim. In reality not every GA aircraft has ROLL trim. Adding to this, by default via the joy config file the PITCH trim is assigned as PITCH TRIM A UP/DOWN and PITCH TRIM B UP/DOWN. I was a bit surprised to see this, but left it as it was for the moment.
I haven’t flow yet and not actively used the Honeycomb unit, but there was a reason to highlight this PITCH TRIM A (B) UP/DOWN since it doesn’t work with most GA aircraft. It should be assigned in my humble opinion to just PITCH TRIM UP/DOWN. Then during flight, PITCH trim works as expected. So I re-assigned PITCH A UP/DOWN to PITCH TRIM UP/DOWN. I left PITCH B as it was and no idea when to use it with which aircraft.
That said, time to take off and test the behavior, dead zones and so on of the Honeycomb Flight Controls unit.
Since the Honeycomb Flight Controls unit doesn’t has a yaw option like you have with yokes, you need to find another way to add NWS (Nose wheel Steering) and/or RUDDER control or connect, how unrealistic it is, the rudder to the roll channel. I added the nose wheel steering thus the tiller to one of the wheels on my X-52 Throttle unit. And in case you miss a few buttons, switches or whatsoever so assign to, you and I can use the switches and buttons on the X-52 Throttle unit or whatever throttle unit you’re using. That said, my taxi and takeoff using the tiller is different, but fun since it’s as real as it’s possible. Using the tiller during takeoff is normally done only at low speeds. As higher speeds you can use the rudder to control the yaw and thus keeping yourself on the centerline of the runway.
I felt that already before, but now starting with a real flight, the grip on the control wheel or the horns is awesome. It’s weird to write “awesome” but the kind of rubber anti slip on it feels so good. It’s not what I can remember from my PPL lessons in a C152 and C172 which where glossy and which didn’t offer any grip, but this feels on the Honeycomb unit for a hardware add-on great and yes I know, it’s a personal feeling. but I think you’ll like the anti-slip grip too.
While initiating PITCH input to climb out to my initial cruising altitude, you need to pull hard. There’s a lot of resistance from inside the Honeycomb unit on the pitch channel. Roll isn’t so difficult. Roll input on the control yoke doesn’t cost to much effort. I can’t remember if this is as real as it gets that you need a lot of force to apply to pull and push the control yoke. Real or not, I find it good else when the PITCH pull/push of the control yoke is too low, you can easily oversteer the pitch of the aircraft which won’t happen in this case in my humble opinion.
The PITCH and ROLL inputs besides all the other switches, buttons and selector is perhaps the most important part of this unit. A switch, button or selector needs to look as realistic as possible, they need to work, but the control yoke with shaft and the internal mechanism should give you “the” right feeling and I find that it does!
While leveling off I don’t connect the AP (Auto Pilot). No, instead I keep on flying manually to see how the control yoke works and behaves and of course, trimming the aircraft. Playing a bit with large ROLL inputs, trying to do a steep turn, it all works as expected. Keeping during a steep turn approximately 45 degrees bank angle needs constant corrections to stay at that bank angle, not to forget pitch too. Anyway, while moving the control yoke to maintain the approximate 45 degrees, I don’t feel any dead zone or slack which is of course good, no, great news. How others did this in the past like the Saitek Pro Flight or the CH Flight Unit is for me right now not important. I’m interesting and reviewing the Honeycomb Alpha Flight Controls and I’m very happy with the overall behavior.
That Honeycomb has chosen for a separate Ethernet cable that connects all the switches, buttons and selector to the base unit is a great and at the same time a simple idea/solution. It looks realistic, but above all, never any problems with internal wires or whatsoever thru the control shaft.
During the flight and depending on your house internal lighting conditions, you can either set the red LED lights to OFF or use a certain LED intensity level. Entirely up to you! Some will like the red LED lighting in the housing, some won’t.
I noticed once that in a sudden my controls where no longer working. I have to admit that I had connected the Honeycomb Flight Controls unit in a external USB hub and not directly connected to my iMac. But while flying I removed the USB cable from the hub, reconnected it and I could continue my flight with a working Honeycomb Flight Controls unit. Never expected that it was so easy, but this “issue” could be also due to the USB hub. In the manual is only written that you connect the USB cable in your PC or Mac and no warning or precaution that connecting to a hub could lead to problems. No issue at all for me, but just something to remember.
I continue my Honeycomb flight and decide to make a touch and go. The touch and go isn’t so important. What is important is how it feels to use pitch trim, and constantly giving small pitch and roll inputs. As I wrote before, I didn’t feel any dead zones or slack so it should be working OK. And when I write “it should be working OK” it means to me I should be able to keep the aircraft under control, and due to the accurate response of the control yoke it should be able to control the aircraft during descent and following PAPI or a LOC/GS to make a perfect landing.
That said, I did several landings with no wind, with a bit of cross wind and also with real weather implemented, and although that’s the most realistic option, for testing the Honeycomb Flight Controls unit it in’t since I don’t know where and how the wind is or perhaps there’s no wind at all.
Whatever I did, I had constantly the same good feeling how this control yoke works during an approach and landing. Giving small corrections is possible, no slack or no dead zones at all, trimming for pitch works fine to keep my aircraft on the intended flight path. And although I mentioned this before, the grip of the control yoke is awesome.
What else can I say; so happy to say, to write and to see that a new company – Honeycomb Aeronautical – is able to bring a flight controls unit on the market for a competitive price made from good materials, and offering a perfect controllable control yoke.
What else can I add in this summary section since the review is already 5000 words?
Although this isn’t a long term tested review of the Honeycomb Alpha Flight Controls unit, I can say for now that I’m so happy with this GA aircraft flight controls unit. And yes, you can use it of course with any other aircraft, preferable only aircraft that doesn’t use/equipped with a flight stick.
I can conclude that the Honeycomb Flight Controls unit is a heavy duty unit, a stiff mounting plate that can also be connected to the table with the 3M Micro-Suction and believe me, it works! When you use the clamps, you could use it also in combination with the 3M Micro-Suction, but there’s actually no need for. You can leave the plastic on the mounting plate and connect it only with the clamps. Either way works and my personal preference was using only the 3M Micro-Suction. Easy to remove, put the plastic cover back on it when you don’t use the mounting plate anymore, and store the mounting plate at a safe place and your table is free for other things.
The Flight Controls unit is heavy, very heavy which gives me a good feeling. Durable materials are used, the base unit as well as the control yoke are all covered with that anti-slip or rubber stuff which feels great. All switches including the engine start selector on the base unit are having a text ident and with the “joy” file all are assigned as expected except for the AVIONICS BUS2 switch. The switches, buttons and the HAT switch on the horns of the control yoke are not identified with a name, but all are assigned as expected except for the white button on the back of the left-hand horn.
I didn’t mention this before, but I think it’s worth to tell you how I felt this; cleaning the 3M Micro-Suction pad. On page, oops, there’s no page number, but it’s on the English page that says “Dual Mounting Solution Installation“. The last paragraph “Cleaning” explains how to clean with soap and water using your hands the Micro-Suction pad. Since I prefer to use the pad without the clamps, I’m curious how this works so off I go, cleaning with soap and water the 3M plate.
Important and mentioned in the manual, use only your hands and no cloth or whatsoever. clean/move with soap and a bit of warm water your hands over the Micro-Suction pad. This won’t take any longer then 1 minute. Turn over, let the water drops drip off and let it dry. I tried to use a dishcloth and softly moved it over the pad which worked fine. Leave the pad for a while on the table, in the mean time clean with the same dishcloth the plastic and when the pad is dry, put the plastic back on the Micro-Suction pad. Done!
I mentioned this before, the provided UB cable is long enough and the short Ethernet cable that connect the control yoke to the base is not only a clever design, it looks professional too.
As I mentioned in the review, I used one of the older Saitek Throttle units. But I can imagine that you and I want it all from Honeycomb. Of course, time will learn if Honeycomb hardware in general stays OK as it is when using it intensively. From the Saitek X-52 Pro Throttle unit I know that at a certain moment the throttle doesn’t work well anymore. Besides that issue, it would be great when Honeycomb comes out with the Bravo Throttle Quadrant.
What I personally like about this throttle quadrant is that you can configure it for single/twin GA propellor aircraft having a throttle(s), mixture(s) and prop(s) levers. But you can also configure it as a twin or four engine jet aircraft. All typical GA or jet levers are included as you could see in the previous movie. I’m not only looking for this, I think many of you are looking out for it.
Back to the Honeycomb Flight Controls unit; all together a great Flight Simulator hardware investment and therefore my favorite X-Plane hardware.
And finally, you can buy the Honeycomb Flight Controls yoke and switch unit at the Aerosoft or SimWare SimulationsSimWare Simulations webshops. As of this writing, the unit cost 249,99 Euros including VAT.
I hope you enjoyed this review. It tried to cover every part, section or whatever is needed to write an unbiased in-depth impression. Besides a couple of software “joy” file issues, I’m impressed!
Feel free to contact me if you’ve got additional questions related to this impression. You can reach me via email Angelique.van.Campen@gmail.com or to Angelique@X-Plained.com.
Angelique van Campen
|Add-on:||Payware Honeycomb Aeronautical Alpha Flight Controls|
|Publisher | Developer:||Honeycomb Aeronautical | Aerosoft|
|Description:||Realistic hardware component of a GA flight controls unit|
|Software Source / Size:||Download / N.A.|
|Reviewed by:||Angelique van Campen|
|Published:||June 8th 2020|
|Hardware specifications:||- iMac Pro
- Intel 3GHz Intel Xeon W / 4.5Ghz
- Radeon Pro Vega 64 16368 MB
- 64 GB 2666 MHz DDR4
- 1 internal shared 1TB SSD (Big Sur 11.x)
- 1 internal shared 1TB SSD (Bootcamp Windows 10)
- 1 external 2TB LaCie Rugged Pro SSD (Big Sur 11.x)
- Saitek Pro Flight System X-52 Pro and X-56 Rhino
- Honeycomb Alpha Flight Controls
- Honeycomb Bravo Throttle Quadrant
|Software specifications:||- macOS Big Sur (10.15.x)
- X-Plane 11.5x