Virtual Fly has been manufacturing high-quality flight simulation hardware for many years. Virtual Fly Yoko Plus is an upgraded edition of their previous Yoko model from the year 2013. This new Plus model is a few centimeters bigger than its predecessor and weighs 9 kilograms, it will stand stable on your desk or home cockpit. It’s very durable for everyday use and expected to last for a lifetime. Made 90% of metal, it will withstand almost anything.
Installation is easy, just attach the clamp to the Yoko Plus and then slide it into your desk and tighten it to its position. Once it’s set, just plug in the USB cable, and Windows will recognize the Yoko Plus. It’s configured automatically and is ready for the first flight without any manual driver installation. Yoko Plus is compatible with all major simulators, even works with the new Microsoft Flight Simulator. Your flight simulator recognizes the yoke as a controller so you can assign your controls and buttons according to your needs.
Once you start flying you can feel the quality and detail on the handles and buttons. Handles are sized for average hands and you get a firm grip easily to pull, push, and twist when needed. With thumbs, you are able to control the rudder and elevator trim as well as use the eight-way hat switch. On the back of the handle, there is a red button (usually for autopilot disconnection) and a black button (usually for push-to-talk function), of course, all buttons are reassignable.
Controlling the Yoko Plus is smooth and banking all the way without resistance. With the linear ball technology inside the Yoko Plus gives the yoke complete free movements in every direction. Having zero null zones gives the user an authentic feel of control as soon as you make any movement. Usually, there is a small null zone on controllers, but not in Yoko Plus. With almost zero input lag the Yoko Plus responded very well even during the strongest crosswind landings. No matter how much I twisted or yanked, the yoke always centered with ease.
You must be wondering why the premium price tag. It’s because of the 12-bit resolution hall effect contactless sensors which are relatively impressive technology for flight simulation hardware to date. With hall effects sensors, movement is forwarded through wires to ensure that the product will never be miscalibrated because of a mechanical fault. Virtual Fly offers a lifetime guarantee on all their Plus products. Yoko Plus is for a professional-grade yoke to take your experience to the next level on a desk or home cockpit.
Virtual Fly Yoko Plus is a finely crafted flight simulation hardware, it feels great, and handling aircraft with it is just superbly. The level of control is way above what you get from the plastic yoke manufacturers, so you won’t be disappointed. The price is certainly better suited for those looking to build an extensive setup and is highly recommended to be used with the new Microsoft Flight Simulator as well, which will be around for the next upcoming decade for sure.
- 8-way hat switch
- Hall effect contactless sensors
- 12-bit resolution with 4096 values
- Internal full electrical wiring of infinite life
- Double longitudinal course
- Linear ball guide technology that offers you extra-smooth touch
- Dumbbell with aluminum alignment
- Designed to be fitted into the de Virtual Fly instrument panels and motion cabins.
- Two types of holding mechanism: using 4 lower M6 hollows or via a lower sergeant.
- A yoke that uses less space yet offers you a double longitudinal course: 144 mm.
- 6 programmable buttons, of which 4 belong to 2 tilting switches vertical and horizontal trim functions
- Compatible with Microsoft Flight Simulator, Prepar3D, and X-Plane
- Connectivity: USB