The weakest aspect of the CH line is the pedals, which are too narrow (especially for home cockpit builders who want the center mounted floor stick). If CH would just use a modern CAD program to update their line a little bit and redo the pedals, add duel throttle handes, some rotaries for the throttle, .....Warthogs everywhere would be going back in the closet.
S! - WD
I agree that the CH line is excellent. I have owned them since the gameport days. I have had my USB set since their release. They only issue I have had with wear, is that the mouse/mini stick does not center 100% consistently so I use a very small deadzone to compensate. Also, I have modded my Fighterstick with rubberbands instead of springs. It now has an even softer feel to it and I LOVE IT! It will topple over forward if I nudge it from center much, which to me set it to the perfect amount of tension. I just don't nudge it.
So it has much less bi-directional pull from the axis springs-gone-bands. I fly helicopters for a living, so it feels more natural to me now that the pressure is so relaxed. It also allows for smoother transitions across axes (when going from fore to aft, left to right, or diagonal). The diagonal still has a wiggle to it going through center, though, which I wish wasn't the case.
I don't have an issue with the pedals, so I guess they happen to fit my frame better than others. I do notice the same issue - just to a tolerable degree.
I like the power and versatility of the software, and that the three controls merge into one virtual device. In ArmA 2, for example, as far as I can tell there is still no simple way to reverse the axis for thrust/throttle/collective control when you move from fixed-wing to helicopter. It's inconceivable to me that BIS didn't implement this (I could have sworn that had for ArmA 1), but what to do? I created a CMS script which allows me to reverse the virtual axis with the push of a button. So in fixed-wings I have forward throttle increase thrust. In the helicopters, rearward throttle increases collective - it has to be this way for anyone who has ever flown, or will ever fly, an actual helicopter. Or if you just care to have a 'more correct' motion (since in reality it's up/down, obviously). The point is that the elbow bends to increase, extends to decrease.
But I also agree that they could really go for an update!