For those of you who like to play video games involving vehicles, Thrustmaster has become one of the leading makers in specialized controls. The company has released a new line of aviation controls they're calling the TCA (Thrustmaster Civil Aviation), which are a range of flight sim hardware, officially licensed by Airbus and are designed for flawless integration in civil aviation games. This includes X-Plane 11 and Microsoft Flight Simulator. Basically, this is the non-Air Force style of controls most people would be used to flying any kind of Airbus system. You can read more about them below, and see the price points and release dates.
The TCA Sidestick Airbus Edition, the first flagship product launched in the Thrustmaster Civil Aviation range, is a remarkably well-rounded PC joystick. Designed for flawless integration in civil aviation games including X-Plane 11 and Microsoft Flight Simulator, this ergonomic replica Airbus sidestick is a versatile ally for virtual pilots in all types of flight simulation. Featuring multiple remappable action buttons, a modular design and a wide range of powerful new features, amazing flight adventures — from space simulation to air combat — are now accessible to all users at an affordable price point.
The TCA Sidestick Airbus Edition is an ergonomic replica of the Airbus sidestick (A320/A320neo type, 1:1 scale) featuring 12 remappable action buttons offering a multitude of possibilities, plus a built-in throttle axis including a unique feature found on airliners. The design of the joystick's head is both versatile and modular, thanks to its swappable button modules. You can easily adjust the sidestick's configuration before each takeoff, for the best fit: captain, co-pilot, or with the sidestick in the central position for solo flight. The throttle built into the base of the joystick includes a thrust reverser function, a unique feature on airliners. This is a major advantage in terms of helping you master related maneuvers, and ensures that your landings are always perfectly controlled. The rudder (Z-Axis) can be used by rotating the sidestick's handle, to make flying easier for multitasking pilots, or for a more realistic airliner flight experience.
- TCA Sidestick Airbus Edition: June 25, 2020 (£64.99 / $69.99 / €69.99)
- TCA Quadrant Airbus Edition: September 24, 2020 (£89.99 / $99.99 / €99.99)
- TCA Quadrant Add-On Airbus Edition: to be confirmed later this year
- TCA Officer Pack Airbus Edition: September 24, 2020 (£149.99 / $159.99 / €159.99)
- TM Flying Clamp: September 24, 2020 (£54.99 / $69.99 / €59.99)