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Why the stiff springs?

From the Thrustmaster® Flight Control System Mark II owner's manual.

" Your PFCS is also compatible with the Mark 11 WCS from ThrustMaster. When your PFCS is plugged into the Mark 11 WCS you can program the Hat Switch and all buttons on your PFCS. This will allow you to use all the functions of the PFCS with any software program.

DESIGN INTENT
The PFCS was designed to replicate the forces you would feel if you were flying a real jet fighter aircraft. In fighter aircraft, such as the F/A-18 and the F-16, control of the aircraft is stabilized for the pilot. This means that the pilot has to input a progressively greater force on the stick in order to gain a larger angle of attack (AOA) and command a larger G force.

Stick forces required in the F-16, for example, are as follows:
  • Maximum roll rate - 17 lbs
  • Maximum pitch up - 25 lbs
  • Maximum pitch down - 16 lbs
The ThrustMaster PFCS approximately equals these forces. This will assist you in not 'overcontrolling' the aircraft. You then remain in control of your jet, taking control of the fight rather than allowing the bandit to set the pace of the battle."

Thrustmaster Pro Flight Control System - the original manual cover
Thrustmaster Pro Flight Control System - the original manual cover

" The PFCS avoids this pilot-induced overcontrol situation by using the pilot's subconscious to remind him, through stick forces, how far and how fast he is moving his joystick, thus allowing the pilot to remain in control of the simulator. In addition, the potentiometers, the finest available on the market today, are gear-driven (in the PFCS) which makes the PFCS the smoothest joystick in terms of response."

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