Flight Simulator 2020 PC Issues: Yoke Compatibility and Lack of User Manual?

I pre-ordered Flight Simulator (2020) for my father, who is a huge fan of flight simulator programs and has been going through withdrawal after having had to uninstall X-Plane due to the multiple bugs that program was presenting.

He has downloaded the Premium Deluxe Edition, but it appears that only the keyboard is functional thus far.

He usually makes use of the CH Eclipse Flight Yoke (seen here: https://www.amazon.com/CH-Products-Eclipse-Yoke-Programmable/dp/B001GIOGBY).

He has been unable to get that flight yoke, or any of the other 3 he owns for that matter, to function and does not want to use the keyboard.

He also says there was no user manual available for download.

He's a little bit frustrated, as he likes to have a flight simulator running in the background while he does his work for the day. Obviously, due to the fact that he is in Texas, I cannot assist him from Pennsylvania as easily as I would like.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. I bought him this program as a present, and I want him to be able to enjoy it.

Thanks all!

Please be well!

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So I've got exactly the same issue.  FS 2020 doesn't seem to play nice with my CH Products flight yoke and rudder pedals.  From what I can see, it recognizes the devices are plugged in, but no default button or axis functions.  So are we expected to manually map out every single button and axis?  If so, where do we even begin?

On another note, when I plug in my Logitech Extreme 3D Pro joystick, everything works immediately. 

Hopefully someone can help us out. 

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Tell your father to go into controls and make sure that his joystick or yoke controller is recognized and then tell him to look at the filter selection on the right side of the screen and change it from assign to All. Then have him select and assign all of his controller buttons and levers, slides, hat switch etc and validate each one and then at the bottom of the page he has to save it. That should do the trick once assigned in the ALL section under filter, it will also show up under the assign filter controls also. Hope this helps. I am using a Microsoft Precision-2 joystick, a Saiteck Pro Flight Yoke System and both work correctly.

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Good Evening Daniel,

I too have a Saitek Pro Flight Yoke System.  My yoke works with no issues...however my throttle and mixture levers have a glitch.  They work in reverse function.  When I move the levers forward to increase the function respectively, the function decreases. and vice versa.  I have clicked the "reverse axis" box twice and then test the levers and work as they are supposed to.  I save the changes.  However the second I move out of the Options area and then go back to the power settings the levers have reverted back to the reverse function.  I have changed it back at least a dozen times to no avail.  I have alerted the zendesk to the glitch.  Other than that, this is one hell of a simulator.  The graphics are incredible and the ground referencing is spot on!  The things I do miss from FSX is the freelook function using the top hat on my yoke.  I'm aware that I can use the mouse to freelook, but it's more convenient on the yoke, especially when landing and handling the radios, flaps and throttle.   The other thing which would be nice is, although you can change the N number on a plane when preparing a flight...it doesn't save it for the next time you fly.  FSX saved it with the individual plane and it remained there unless you changed it.  Still pretty cool seeing my N numbers on the simulator plane.  

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Good Evening,

When you plug in your flight yoke does the program recognize it in the "options"  section.  Options should say...keyboard, mouse, and any peripheral controller you plugged in.  If it does...then programming it is not too difficult.

If it appears, click on the yoke.  then on the left of the screen there will some search boxes and a selection toggle for "assigned" and "all".  Select All.  That will show every feature that can be assigned in FS20.  Once you find the function that you want the yoke to do, click on it and an assignment box will appear...HOWEVER the easy way to assign your functions is to see that the assignment has a box with a question mark located at the top of the selection area above the Clear, Cancel and Activate buttons.  Click on the that box so it highlights (kinda a grey blue color) and then move or press the button on your controller you want to assign that function and it will auto populate the correct assigned button on your controller to the function you selected.  Make sure that you press the activate button and after making each of your assignments. Before leaving the options section, click the save button at the bottom of the screen. (it will ask you if you if you want to save before you leave) 

When you get to flight surfaces, there are primary and secondary.  For your ailerons select the function and... as I mentioned earlier click the box at the top with the questions mark.  The joystick, or yolk side to side and it will assign the function (usually Y or X Axis) and you will be able to move it side to side and see a visible slider below the function.  If your joy stick or yoke is centered, in the neutral position the left half of the bar will show as white and the right half will be black. (You are centered)  If you push the joy stick or turn the yoke to the left the bar will progressively turn black as you move the stick or yoke to the left.  If you push or turn them to the right, the bar will go totally white. 

For your elevator, you will need to find the correct function and do the exact same thing, except you will push the stick or the yoke forward and backward for descent and climb. But the same function of the slider bar. 

Hope this helps you get your peripherals working so dad can enjoy his sim.    Like you, I wish there was a manual.  I have done 5 hours of flying already on the sim, and I can tell you that once you get it all working, you will find it is an incredible sim.  I am a private pilot in So Cal, and I have flown to airports I have been to and they look almost identical to the real thing...and the ground references are spot on.  I even found my apartment building.  

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Thank you for your quick response and your assistance!
I have let him know.

Hopefully, they patch things through an update soon!

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I did do that, upon receiving your wonderful and detailed response.

I am glad to hear you are having no issues but am sorry to hear that you had to map every detail out manually.

Hopefully, a patch is incoming.

Thank you for your response! He is going to attempt mapping today after work.

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Thank you for the response!

I am glad you are enjoying your time with the program!
I purchased this as a gift for my father since he loves flight simulators and has been going through withdrawal since having to delete X-Plane upon it becoming increasingly glitchy.

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Wow! That is just amazing!

I am so glad that so many people here are able to enjoy the program!

I am sure my father will, too, once he resolves the issues.

Thank you for your advice and response!

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Hey Joe,

Your solution fixed my problem!  I just completed my first successful landing with my flight yoke and rudder pedals.  Very much appreciated.  Thanks!

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Hi R...I'm glad that my solution could assist you.  Every time I open the program I go to the options area to see if I can figure out a little bit more about FS20.  There is an up side to the program being a little tedious to set up...those who are more gamer pilots that want to just plug and play will abandon the program...as opposed to true sim pilots who take the time to figure the program out and are flying for the enjoyment of flying.  For me being a Private Pilot, I use the sim to keep up on my piloting knowledge and practice checklist procedures.  It's great for also practicing emergency checklists safely and get those procedures as close to second nature as possible.  In a real in flight emergency, the more familiar with the procedures, the less work load during a very busy situation, the better chance you have at surviving the emergency.  While sims are just that simulations, this one is pretty realistic, but without the feel of real movement registered in your ears, some of the nuances of flying cannot be recreated or understood.  Feeling the G Forces in a turn, the buffeting just prior to a stall, feeling the ground effect in a landing, are all so important to flying.  May you have smooth skies and always a tailwind.  Godspeed!   

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