Reviews for Logitech Saitek Pro Flight Radio Panel

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It's fine, could be better.

  • By A Customer from New England on Wednesday, March 07, 2018
  • Pros: Solid piece of hardware.
  • Cons: Software functionality is poor.
  • Review: I've owned this product for more than a year. It seems sturdy and does what I need it to do. I think it's a good value. That said, there are issues that keep it from being a five-star product, all related to software. First, at least on the Mac, it too often is not recognized by XPlanes on startup necessitating a restart of the application. This is a big hassle. Second, managing the pulse rate of the the rotating switches is difficult and, in my setup, does not persist (so I have to reset the pulse rate each time I use it... or live with the default which is very clumsy). My guess is that these problems track back to the freeware drivers Xsaitekpanels 2.71, not sure. Resolving these problems would take my rating to 4.5 stars.
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Saitek Pro Flight Radio Panel

  • By A Customer from ALABAMA USA on Friday, September 25, 2009
  • Pros: realistic
  • Cons: selector knobs hard to turn when panel is not mounted to a surface
  • Review: Overall I'm satisfied with the radio panel. I like the realistic ease of switching between active & standby and tuning to actual channels. The panel is bigger than I expected and the digital numbers are big enough to see from way across the room, which is fine. The only thing I don't like about it is the selector switches are too hard to turn. I don't have the panel bolted to a stationary surface so the switches require both hands, so I have to pause the Flight Sim program to change the selector knob...not ideal for my use.
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Great tool with some issues

  • By Adam from Montana on Saturday, April 30, 2016
  • Pros: Good support from MadCats and adds reality to sim
  • Cons: Cheep hardware in construction
  • Review: I got this for Flight Simulator 2004 on a windows seven PC. I am using the SPAD v0.5 drivers. There are some issues that people have listed on other reviews that I would like to talk about.
    1)The radio selector knobs are a little stiff but I like that, it makes it harder to skip the radio I want.
    2) The frequency selection knobs are really cheap and it dose skip digits. However with the SPAD drivers and turning the knobs slowly that doesn't happen as much. I might end up doing something about it later but for now it is not much of a problem.
    I had problems getting the drivers to run on my computer. Turns out you need to "run as administrator " for things to work. I recommend SPAD because the Saitek drivers seemed harder to get to work with Flight Simulator 2004 because it is old.
    99% of the functions worked on my add on aircraft. I have several from different companies like Coranado, Aerosoft and Abacus to name a few. The only issue was the Aerosoft Piper Cheyenne, I could not set the transponder, everything else worked.
    I am using this to practice for my real world IFR flights.

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Don't buy if you are going to use in on FS2004

  • By Glen from Chattanooga. TN on Tuesday, April 17, 2012
  • Pros: Can't say til I get it working
  • Cons: Major problem getting it to work on FS 2004.
  • Review: Only good thing I can say is that it came on time, good quality workmanship but haven't been able to get it to work on FS 2004. I have done exactly what they said to do and it still won't work. I contacted tech help and it took over 3 weeks to get an answer and it doesn't work either. I guess I am going to have to purchase FS 10
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Needed for Serious Multiplayer

  • By Jettech from Rosemount, MN on Sunday, August 23, 2009
  • Pros: Ease of use, functionality, display, set up
  • Cons: Tuning knobs could have been much better, <-> button could have been better placed. Out side of Multiplayer FSX its only use would be for Nav freq's. Little to no use in free flight or missions.
  • Review: The radio panel is not what I expected, although very much worth the money I paid. As an avid multiplayer, I enjoy the multi functionality of the panel. It allows setting of all the various radio frequencies, from com 1 to transponder. The panel gets very high marks for usability but looses points for realism. It also scores highly for ease of installation, this is in every way a plug and play panel, there is no need to program anything. Like the switch panel, I have had some minor problems with mounting it to my personal liking. Although it is ready to mount directly to the yoke or on top of the switch panel I prefer not to have anything in my view, so mounting has been a challenge at times. The panel gets very high marks for displays but looses marks for layout of the panel. On the real thing the act/stby <-> button in between the two freqs, this one sits to the far right on the panel. It also looses points for the tuning knobs. As a student I am used to having knobs that will not over shoot my desired freq, this panel seems to give a bit of difficulty when tuning. Despite its short falls, I still find it highly useful and intend on buying at least one more, possibly two. I would still recomend this panel to anyone who is a serious multiplayer
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