I come to this game from other flightsims.
So I'm accustomed to using joysticks.
Currently I'm using a CH Fighterstick with a Saitek X52 throttle.
I have quick look views (left, right, back, up and down) bound to the hat switches on the joystick.
Gun's are on the trigger, and the thumb hat switch (gun1, gun2, rockets) bombs on the red button.
Targeting commands on the 3rd hat switch.
On the throttle hat I have Flaps, and 3 radio messages.
View zoom/un-zoom is via slider.
It works for me because this is similar to the setup I've been using for years with Falcon, IL-2 and other flight sims.
In terms of flight controls, the ability to regulate the throttle and turn rates helps a lot.
The joystick allows me to be able to get a stabilized gun tracking solution regardless of the bandit's turn rate or speed.
It's all about the deg/sec, I can go from 3 deg / sec to max and anywhere in between and hold it at will.
So I can sweep the death dot over the target, move it ahead of it along it's flight path, then hold the dot in place relative to the target.
If it's too far ahead, I can relax the turn slightly and adjust the lead and hold it again.
Edited by Pogo68, 10 December 2015 - 09:57 PM.