Thrustmaster Releases TCA Sidestick Airbus Edition

Thrustmaster has recently announced their new joystick series – TCA (Thrustmaster Civil Aviation), in cooperation with Airbus company, the manufacturer created an affordable replica of Airbus Sidestick.

This Airbus Sidestick replica is now available to be bought through the Thrustmaster website for $69.99/£64.99/€69.99 (excl VAC). This joystick combines a realistic feel of an Airbus A320 family aircraft, with innovative design, which is modular, that can be used for left-handed and right-handed people. The joystick is plug and play, that means, no software installation is needed. It is compatible with simulators like Prepar3D, X-Plane 11 and is ready for a new generation of Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Features

Innovative, versatile design

  • Fully ambidextrous and modular joystick, with 4 swappable joystick head button modules that let you choose between 4 different configurations (right or left seat of an airliner, narrow or wide center stick configuration for small aircraft)
  • Ergonomic replica of the Airbus sidestick (A320 type), with built-in throttle axis and thrust reverser mechanism

Fly with greater levels of realism and immersion

  • Exclusive precision, thanks to H.E.A.R.T (HallEffect AccuRate Technology) magnetic sensors:
    • Surgical precision (i.e. 14-bit resolution: 16,384 x 16,384 values!) for the pitch axis and roll axis
    • The coil spring (0.1” / 2.8 mm in diameter) inside the stick provides firm, linear and fluid tension
  • New locking mechanism lets you disable the joystick handle’s rotation, if used in conjunction with a rudder controller (sold separately)
  • 17 action buttons with “braille”-style identification:
    • 12 buttons on the base, 4 on the stick, and 1 virtual button on the throttle (bottom 20% of the axis)
    • New 8-direction point of view hat switch, designed for extreme precision
  • 4 independent axes, with twist rudder (controlled by rotating the joystick handle)
  • Selector switch lets you configure the 12 buttons on the base, in either the right-handed or left-handed position
  • Weighted base for enhanced stability

Native integration in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

  • Plug and play: the device is automatically recognized in the game

Compatible with T.A.R.G.E.T software

  • Thrustmaster Advanced pRogramming Graphical EdiTor software: load or create specific mapping presets for each aircraft, to extend or save all of your favorite settings

Thrustmaster flight product ecosystem compatibility

  • Compatible with PC (Windows® 10, 8)
  • Compatible with the following rudder controllers (sold separately): Thrustmaster T.Flight Rudder Pedals (TFRP) and Thrustmaster Pendular Rudder (TPR)

Box contents

  • 1 x TCA Sidestick Airbus Edition
  • 4 x swappable joystick head button modules
  • User manual with warranty information

Product measurements

  • Weight: 920 g (2.0 lb)
  • Dimensions:
    • Length: 195 mm (7.7”)
    • Width: 195 mm (7.7”)
    • Height: 225 mm (8.9”)

The source of this article can be found on SimMarket website.



Author: Patrik

My aviation enthusiasm started back in March 2016 and since then I fly almost every day when I have time. I always like to discover new places or new things. The vehicles or any kind of technical things always fascinated me. As I was younger, I was also a journalist in a school magazine, so when I got an opportunity to write articles about my favorite hobby, I immediately jumped in.