Richard Benedikz takes a look at a high-end throttle quadrant console
The subject of our flight sim controller review in this issue is a new Airbus A320 throttle quadrant made by an El Salvadorbased company, Throttletek. It was founded in 2009 by Roberto Soriano, a qualified A320 pilot (see PC Pilot Issue 100 for a full interview), and since then, he has gone from strength to strength, developing throttle quadrants for aircraft ranging from jetliners to bizjets. So far, he has launched controllers for the Boeing 737, 747 and 767, the Airbus A320, A330 and A380 as well as the Embraer 190, while the business jet line-up consists of the Lear 45, Cessna Mustang and Citation 550.
The A-320 FLIGHTBOX is a full-size replica of the throttle quadrant in the real Airbus A320.It comes in a robust case with a matt grey finish and engraved labelling. The unit is fitted with two thrust levers for the left andright engines with detents for CLB (Climb), FLX/MCT (Flex/Max Continuous Power) and TOGA (Take-off/Go-around) along with paddles for activating reverse thrust.