Since I was very happy with the Virpil collective, I took opportunity of their last sale and ordered the pedals with a 10% discount. Even though it was a back order, they have been delivered within a week. The build quality is indeed spectacular and it’s unquestionably a great product. However, while the collective has markedly improved my flying skills, I feel I have to learn again how to fly since I installed the pedals. Take off are ugly and landings anywhere between messy and disastrous. With years of use of the twist axis of my joystick, I have to fight muscle memory constantly, and when I’m focusing on what my feet are doing, I become careless with the other controls, with predicable bad outcomes. However, I’m enjoying the new immersive sensations, and I won’t go back to twist axis. After all, learning new skills is fun.
Previously, I had tried some Thrustmaster rudder pedals. They were uncomfortable, cumbersome, and with an annoying tendency to slip on the floor (they had a toe brake, though, for which I had no use). Virpil pedals, on the other hand, are more compact, and indeed won’t slip on my wooden floor (if I push hard enough, the chair goes back, but the pedals stay firmly fixed).