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Saitek PZ44 Pro Flight Yoke System

  • PZ44
  • 14 buttons
  • POV Hat Switch
  • 3-position Mode Switch
  • 3 axis levers on Quadrant
  • Elevator and Aileron Axes on Yoke
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0
  • Works with: Windows XP, XP64 , Vista and Windows 7
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Model

Brand
Saitek
Model
PZ44

Spec

Specifications
14 buttons
POV Hat Switch
3-position Mode Switch
3 axis levers on Quadrant
Elevator and Aileron Axes on Yoke

Connectivity: USB 2.0
Works with: Windows XP, XP64 , Vista and Windows 7

Features

Features
Durable Stainless Steel shaft with precision bearings gives smooth and predictable elevator and aileron control
Used with the supplied SST Programming software, integrated mode switch trebles the number of controls you have at your fingertips
Accurately time each leg of your flight plan with the integrated chronograph
Separate throttle quadrant with additional switches to configure any combination of throttle, flaps, mixture or prop pitch. Mount on top, in front of your desk, pilot or co-pilot side so that the controls are exactly where you want them
Unique, 2-position desk clamp keeps your yoke and quadrant securely fixed no matter how extreme the flying conditions
Use the integrated USB Hub to easily connect other parts of the Saitek Pro Flight range of products, such as additional Pro Flight Throttle Quadrant or Pro Flight Instrument Panel (both sold separately)
Saitek's powerful Saitek Smart Technology (SST) programming software allows gamers to configure their controls to suit their preferred gaming style, and to save the configurations aspersonal profiles

The Saitek Pro Flight Yoke System is highly engineered to meet the exacting needs of the true flight simulation enthusiast. Stainless steel shaft, ergonomic controls, integrated chronograph and separate throttle quadrant ensure a smooth, accurate and totally realistic flying experience.

Manufacturer Warranty

Labor
1 year limited
Parts
1 year limited

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  • Richard D.
  • 1/8/2013 8:26:50 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Product

Pros: This Yoke system is great because it comes with the throttlle/prop/mixture controls as well. Its very easy to set up and really enhances your flight sim experience. Its somewhat durable and lasted many years - I had my first yoke for over 6 years!

Cons: As others have stated the throttle/prop/mix controls will start to go after a year or two. The yoke did eventually start to stick on me, but it was like 3-4 years down the road. DO NOT USE WD40.. I was reading in forums and you should not do this. Even after opening up and greasing the gears things only got worse, therefore I had to buy another. But after 6 years of heavy use I could not complain.

Other Thoughts: A really great addition to any flight sim, its a must have for the real enthusiast, much better control and feel over a joystick. Get the pedals too. They are great for turns and taxiing.

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  • Robert J.
  • 4/27/2012 4:19:37 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Product

Pros: It is a pretty good yoke, and the yoke itself will last a long time (going on 4 years, no problems). Combining it with their rudder pedals, it makes for some excellent simming.
Plenty of programmable buttons and reverse thrust on the throttles (programmed as a button) is a nice feature, though it could have been better implemented. It has a clock/stopwatch on the front which is very convenient for non-radar position reports and logging times for a VA.

Cons: After a few years, the throttle quad will stop working. It has happened twice to me (first time was my fault) and Saitek took FOREVER to replace it both times, but it was free of charge (even though the 2nd time it was out of warranty). Also, the yoke only turns 45 degrees in each direction, which is kind of a drawback when you're used to real aircraft. I wish there was a way to set the clock on it to zulu without setting at your computer time, but it wasn't a big deal for me. The pins on the throttle quad cable are very easy to bend, so make sure you line everything up when plugging it in, I recommend plugging it in before mounting the yoke.

Other Thoughts: If you are buying it, I would seriously consider upgrading to their newer Cessna yoke. Its about $50 more than the normal price of this one ($75 compared to the Newegg price ;) ) but it is made of better material and (more importantly) it has a 1:1 scale so it can turn 90 degrees in each direction. If you cannot afford the upgrade, I would definitely buy this one. When paired with rudder pedals it is a great addition to any flight simulator setup.

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  • Danny K.
  • 2/24/2012 6:26:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsfeels like a toy, but a great but

Pros: This pro flight system adds a lot of control to a flight simulator. Very responsive and easy to map. Costumer service is actually very great, I get a CSA in like a minute. Also a CSA gave me permission to open the yoke to lube the gears without voiding my warranty. I have had this system for over a year and nothing has gone wrong with it yet. The mounts are sturdy and the shaft is stainless steel. On the back there is a USB hub with 2 outlets AND and a power for powered USB in case saitek comes out with a addition that needs more juice. Throttle has no dead spots after over a year of use. Throttle has a notch at the bottom to act as reverse thrusters.

Cons: This in no way adds realism to a simulator. The yoke is wayyyy to easy to move and the shaft does have some play in it. No adjustable resistance like on their foot rudders and the yoke feels like a toy.

Other Thoughts: Wish yoke had an adjustable resistance knob. Saitek should make this a little more sturdy to feel a little more real. Overall it's an amazing product. I have all the additions that the pro flight series have and the plug and play features are amazing.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/24/2011 1:10:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsSolid Choice

Pros: A great combination of buttons you can program for various functions.

Very realistic feel, except no active feedback. Though as a pro pilot I should point out many hydraulicly actuated systems on real planes and especially choppers have little feedback anyway.

Works well with the Pro Flight Rudder pedal set, including braking on the pedals.

Cons: The clock functions are of limited use & the mount clamp doesn't feel real sturdy. I haven't broken it yet, but it feels dicey.

Also the yoke shaft, as someone mentioned does tend to stick on occasion.

Other Thoughts: Before failing my flight physicals I was licensed for both fixed and rotary wing, multi engine, all weather. Now using FSX or riding with a buddy is the only flying I do.

Therefore I'm always looking for the best equipment I can find. I've tried several control systems packages for FSX and this one is the most realistic I have found. I found Windows 7 as easy to set-up as my old Vista system was.

I STRONGLY SUGGEST YOU PURCHASE THE RUDDER PEDAL SET AS WELL. And since FSX is so adaptable, I now use three screens for a 150 degree view.

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  • Nury M.
  • 7/24/2011 8:23:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery Good Product !

Pros: Well Built, plasticly but shaft is metal, calibration is ok under win7/64, works good, all buttons responsive and easy to assign on fsx.

Cons: centering sometimes mess up as deadspot on shaft sometimes goes up or down and u have to regain control by pulling/pushing even if u have trim ur pitch, mode selector is useless cause u have to do all assigments via FSX cotrol configuration. preset for fsx do not work very good on windows 7/64bit be aware. do your own control assigments in FSX ...lack of programming support from saitek is a major dissapopintment .. i guess they made them to work once for prior MSFS and older airplanes but under win7 they hasnt been able to catch up or just dont care about it !!

Other Thoughts: i could by this one again if neccesary, it adds more realism to flightsim, just beeing carefull not to pull things around too hard cause is not made out of steel like in real planes, but averall is a reasonable pc of equip to add to your controls.

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  • Dewey B.
  • 7/20/2011 2:35:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellant system

Pros: Great addition to flight simulator

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: This adds a LOT of realism to flight simulator. I am a licensed pilot and this yoke is the most realistic system I've used.

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  • James C.
  • 1/29/2011 2:17:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

3 out of 5 eggsBetter than keyboard or joystick

Pros: Built in timer and good mount for desktop. Comes with a seperate throttle quadrant. USB Drivers installed automatically on Windows 7.

Cons: Cheaply made. Even though the yoke shaft has a metal sleeve the pitch action is not smooth throughout it's range. Roll is OK. Timer buttons are not marked very well.

Other Thoughts: I assumed that this yoke would be an upgrade from my current CH USB yoke but I was wrong. It does have more features but a professional yoke it is not.

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  • Kevin H.
  • 1/26/2011 12:51:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsSaiteck Yoke System

Pros: Realistic feel, hooks reasonably well on to a table

Cons: The Yoke would not accept extreme turns. Also the fire button broke just a few times after using it. Unfortunately, I was travelling a lot so I didn t get to return it to Newegg (who has excellent customer service). When I contacted Saiteck all I got was voicemail. They never called back. I tried to e-mail their support and again I heard nothing. For the price of the yoke, I had expected better customer service.

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  • Beau D.
  • 1/19/2011 9:48:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsFlying alot easier

Pros: When I first connected the yoke to the USB port everything installed perfect did not need to use the driver CD it came with. Handles really well buttons function perfectly. Like the fact that there is a timer on the yoke so you can time your flights. Love it when it lights up in the dark makes flying a little more realistic. Like how there are more USB ports on the yoke so you can connect your footpedals and instruments to the yoke to make flying even more easier.

Cons: The only thing i can think of is the blue and red handle on the throttle doesnt work. The black one works however and controlles all the engines on the plane. For instance if you where flying a 737 the 2 engines work with the black handle when you would think it would work for the black and the blue handle. Like a said not a big deal but just throwing that out there.

Other Thoughts: Shipped really quick and I live in alaska so that was good. Had it for more then a year and still working great.

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  • Leslie B.
  • 8/19/2010 10:50:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsGood until it broke

Pros: Nice feel, the buttons are placed well, the LCD clock is nice, reasonably low price

Cons: plastic parts are of low quality, electronics are of horrible quality, lack of Saitek customer service

Other Thoughts: I owned this yoke for about 5 months and then it just died. I have politely e-mailed and called Saitek daily for a week to have warranty work done but they do not answer calls or e-mails. I will be contacting BBB and FTC about this if I cannot get satisfaction by the end of the week. This is my second Saitek product to die on me in less than a year and so far I cannot return either of them.

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