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Flying Without A Plane

LAS VEGAS - The modern joystick apparently has gotten so good that there are international flight-simulation competitions won by people who can't fly an actual plane.

"I'm a pilot and this is realistic," said Rob Gebauer, national sales manager for Saitek Industries, a company that makes an increasing amount of its revenue from devices that look like stick shifts. "In the past, flight simulation software has been about flying from one point to another," but recent software systems require more complex joysticks because they're more game-like, requiring users to complete missions.

The Redding, Calif. company also makes keyboards and mice, but the bulk of its future sales, Gebauer said, will be driven by growth in PC gaming.

By Yuki Noguchi  |  January 9, 2007; 11:00 AM ET  | Category:  CES 2007 , Yuki Noguchi
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For true realism in flight simulators a Saitek Joystick setup combined with a TrackIR from NaturalPoint dot com is the way to go. I am a pilot and love doing VFR approaches with my Saitek and TrackIR setup, it's awesome.

Posted by: NaturalPoint Kevin | January 10, 2007 4:12 PM

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