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icebone
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Posted: April 09 2016,02:08

Hi all,
New to this forum. I searched prior topics and found a couple people who've had similar issues, but no resolution posted that I can see.

Last year I bought a MaxFlightStick 206 Twist Detent System with Custom Cyclic, used from a fellow in Alabama at Fort Rucker who had used it and said it worked fine.

I only had a Mac at the time, so used it with X-Plane, and it worked fine. The stick seemed to calibrate and work okay on the Mac.

But I have been learning to fly an R44 in real life, and want to practice--so I wanted to move to FSE-SE and DodoSim 206 for realism.

But FSE-SE has been nothing but problems--the stick just won't work right no matter what I do.

Initially, I installed BootCamp on my (recent) MacBook Pro and used a USB hub to connect the (two!) USB connectors for the MaxFlightStick. Calibration window looked very "jumpy" or "jittery," but seemed to calibrate okay. But when actually in the Sim, I could only access maybe the middle 40% of travel on any control. So I couldn't get off the ground, since collective would never go past the 30-70% range.

I emailed with Max (from MaxFlightStick), who had some suggestions for calibration, but nothing legendary and nothing helped. I figured this issue was probably stemming from Boot Camp / Windows 8 on Mac, and decided what I should do is get a dedicated PC to solve these problems.

Fast forward a few months to today. I've just got a brand new PC, fresh install of Windows 10, new FSE-SE. The computer is plenty powerful (core i7-6700, GTX-970, 16GB or DDR4 at 3200, etc).

But the MaxFlightStick is still "jumpy" in the calibration window, and behaves really erratically in the sim. I can't control the aircraft at all.

Sometimes the cyclic seems to do nothing at all... other times it's pegged all the way to the left... other times it jumps all over the place. I've emailed Max again but thought I would see if anyone here has any issues.

I've now thrown quite a bit of money at this problem and still don't have a working sim.

Couple of questions for any MaxFlightStick B206 twist throttle owners:

(1) Is it normal to have jumpy/bonkers calibration like this? Any ideas how to fix?

(2) The B206 actually plugs in with two USBs, and shows up as two controllers-- CH FIGHTERSTICK USB (which is just the buttons on the cyclic handlle, from what I can tell), and MJoy (which is the collective/cyclic/throttle/pedals). But you can't plug in just MJoy on its own, it won't show up. Not sure why. Does anyone else's behave like this?

(3) FSIUPC? Maybe that's the solution? But it seems like a "garbage in, garbage out" problem where even a nice calibration suite like FSUIPC would not be able to clean this up. I can't even tell how to install FSUIPC, to be frank.

I am brand new to the flightstick, new to FSE, and just trying to get a setup here that will let me fly. I've had no success and hoping someone here may know how to fix this.
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icebone
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Posted: April 09 2016,03:33

SOLVED.

(1) Get FSUIPC. You don't need WideFS unless you're doing a second computer / networking your flight sims. You WILL need the full version, though, so buy it from the SimMarket and input the key.

(2) Load up FSX-SE. Go to Settings > Controls and DESELECT "Enable controllers." Right, you'll be using FSUIPC to do this now.

(3) Load the sim. Hit alt to get the menu. Go to Add Ons > FSUIPC. Go to AXIS ASSIGNMENT. Move the stick left and right... assign that to Aileron (on the left side of the screen). Click "Rescan" and move it back and forward, assign to Elevator. Repeat for all controls.

(4) I sent these to FSUIPC calibration, and then had to "reverse" the rudder to get the pedals right on the Calibration screen.

(5) Fiddle with the settings (Filter out "Delta" small enough to remove the jiiters)

(6) On "Calibration" screen, select SLOPE (of Elevator and Aileron) and set to something high, like +15. This makes it super sensitive near the middle, which mimics a real heli.

(7) Go fly.

Finally!
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Posted: April 12 2016,18:25

Hello all

icebone I brought the MaxFlightStick Custom B206 Twist Throttle System and I have the same issues you are facing. I have tried the calibration over and over to my dismay . It is very simple and nothing technical but I am still faced withe same problems you were experiencing.
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Posted: Dec. 03 2017,23:14

My simulator has been in storage for a couple years now, but I have thr Janet ranger twist controls, and as I recall in the disk version of FSX, the calibration software never seemed to display the bars correctly, but the calibration would work.

I’m ready to rebuild it from scratch, it was just bloated like a tick, and was planing to go with FSX-SE, if only to fix the out of memory dinging crash.

Disconcerting to hear there is an issue with this..
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