Earning Your Wings: A Guide to Flight Simulators

Take Flight

Fasten your seat belt for a trip into the world of flight simulators. Originally considered a niche interest, the appeal of flight sims has spread with advances in technology. Updated video cards and faster processors now allow for incredibly realistic scenery and flight control. Flight sticks, rudders and throttles all add depth, creating a rich and rewarding flight experience.

Reaching Altitude

Thrustmaster is Petra’s first choice for flight simulators. They offer a wide variety of throttles, flight sticks, rudders and accessories for modern gaming platforms. Let’s engage the autopilot and look at the hardware needed to create an ideal flight sim.

Flight Sticks

Flight sticks are specially designed joysticks made to resemble control sticks from aircrafts. These range from giving customers basic control over their aircraft to including programmable buttons. Stocking different types of flight sticks allows customers to choose how in-depth they’d like their experience to be.

A flight stick with too many options could intimidate beginners, but only stocking basic flight sticks risks boring advanced pilots—and missed sales. Thrustmaster offers a range of flight sticks, from the basic USB Joystick to the awe-inspiring T-16000M FCS Flight Stick with T.A.R.G.E.T software.


Simulated aircrafts are designed as realistic as possible; the bigger the aircraft, the more complex the system. Thrustmaster offers throttles to give even more control over the aircraft for things such as afterburners, flaps, engine control and much more. The HOTAS Warthog Dual Throttles for PC offers magnetic sensors on both throttles—ensuring surgical and lasting precision—as well as 15 programmable action buttons.

Rudder Pedals

Rudder pedals add a surprising layer of realism to any flight sim by giving players the ability to taxi their aircraft with their feet rather than with their flight sticks or throttles. The TFRP Flight Rudder Pedals for PlayStation 4/PC offers that last step towards true immersion. This flight rudder comes complete with 2 large pedals and a self-balancing rudder axis giving smooth and precise movements.


While accessories aren’t necessary to create a realistic flight sim, they add more control options and easier ways to play. Online flight sim communities are for flying together; some have even created simulated airlines with their own flight schedules!

For enhancing the social aspect, we recommend Thrustmaster’s Y-300CPX Universal Gaming Headset. This headset is compatible with current video game consoles and PC, so no matter how customers choose to fly, they don’t have to do it alone.

For those interested in dogfights or the final frontier, Thrustmaster’s T.16000M FCS Space Sim Duo is the best choice. This pack contains 2 Thrustmaster T.16000M FCS joysticks, enabling gamers to play with both hands for an outstanding space simulation experience. They can weave a path through asteroid fields, strafe to escape opponents and hit targets with surgical precision.

Flight Packs

Flight packs offer the best deal on the market, combining flight sticks, rudder pedals and accessories into one affordable package. The T-16000M FCS Flight Pack from Thrustmaster has been designed for advanced fliers looking for comprehensive, realistic controls as an alternative to using a mouse and keyboard. It contains of the T-16000M FCS (Flight Control System) flight stick, the TWCS (Thrustmaster Weapon Control System) throttle and the TFRP (Thrustmaster Flight Rudder Pedals). The flight stick offers greater precision due to H.E.A.R.T technology and smoother, precise flight thanks to S.M.A.R.T technology.

The Sky’s the Limit

Flight simulators are incredible pieces of software. With the right hardware, they can become so immersive that players can get lost in how real it all seems. Thrustmaster has a wide range of flight sim gear, so make sure to soar on over to petra.com to view Petra’s latest Thrustmaster products.

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