Aircatglobal’s Virtual Fly is a Spanish simulator manufacturer with products ranging from FAA-approved GA flight simulators to controls and other components. Their product’s quality is exceptional, with a price to match. At over $700, the price reflects the quality and the long life expectancy of the unit but may be out of reach for many home-based builders.
The TQ6 comes with a set of screws to mount the desk clamp if so desired. This unit fits in a number of pre-made panels as well, including the SLAVX which we are planning to review with Virtual Fly equipment soon.
Going along with Virtual Fly’s yoke and RUDDO rudder pedals, the TQ6 looks and feels like a real quadrant on a twin-engine aircraft. No plastic, no flimsiness. The smoothness of the movement is even personalized by two friction knobs. The Hall effect magnetic sensor does not add any unusual feel to the movement, while greatly enhancing the sensors’ precision as compared to standard pots found in many other simulator throttle quadrants. For our review, we hooked the TQ6 to an X-Plane 11 B58 instance. Needless to say, the setup was a snap. You will have to manually select the levers’ assignment, however, as this quadrant complies to requirements for both piston and turbine-powered aircraft. You will see this readily, looking at the labeling:
Starting from the left, the Power control will stop to a detente at about the top of the “Rev” label. It will trigger reverse thrust beyond that. A feature mainly meant for turbo-powered engines, since most piston-powered airplanes do not revert. The blue Prop RPM controls will go into feather mode when past their detentes. You would use this feature on the B58 Baron, for example, when a malfunctioning engine is shut down, secured and feathered. Finally, the red Mixture control levers provide a fuel cutoff area. Again, this set would be used differently depending on whether it is set up for a piston or turboprop. In a piston you would have these controls full on at startup, then decreasing them gradually at altitude. In a turboprop, these will be the condition levers, as depicted in this FAA turboprop transition handbook illustration. In a start up sequence on a turboprop, you would have the condition levers all the way down, until N2 speed is sufficiently high to introduce fuel in the chamber, moving them to low idle first and then to flight idle for each respective engine. For those who, in the sim, fly turboprops, the labeling on the TQ6 is not an exact match to what they would see in the aircraft, albeit close enough. The compromise would, however, allow users for both engine styles to get reasonably close to their desired controls. Providing an alternative labeling could be an area of slight improvement.
As we mentioned, two friction knobs, mounted on the sides adjust the amount of force required to move the levers. The left knob adjusts the two power levers, while the right knob adjust the remaining four. Tighten them up to your requirements. The company offers two years warranty but they point out that their products are meant to last a lifetime. Judging from the quality of this throttle quadrant, this is likely true.
Like the YOKO+ yoke, the TQ6 also deserves AFSBI’s official seal of approval.