At long last I have the Bravo throttle quad, AUD399 including delivery by Toll Transport. It was due tomorrow but turned up yesty and luckily I was home when it arrived.
It is well packaged and comes with two sets of levers, one labelled General Aviation, the other 'Commercial'. A nice touch is that there are dust seals for each of the six lever slots, so if you only want to fly fixed prop piston engine, you can close off the unused slots. At the left there is a lever for the landing gear with indicator lights, and a proper trim wheel. and at the right a 'GA Flaps' switch providing incremental movement.
In between there is an Autopilot switch panel, six* rocker switches and an Annunciator panel.What I could see there was repeated in the cockpit view.
Assembly is just fixing the baseplate to your table, either by clamps or a suction arrangement. The main unit goes onto a post, and is then slid back, like a bayonet fitting, and there are two threaded posts which work like the adjustable feet on a fridge and pull the whole thing together.
I was a bit baffled here by the instruction to tighten these screws until "they are embedded in the baseplate" but then I realised there was something lost in the translation and what they meant to say was 'firmly seated on'.
Honeycomb point you to their website to download driver software but say that not every sim needs them. AFS4 is one of those. Every lever, switch and button I wanted to use was recognised by the AFS4 setup menu and you can chose from several configs - Twin Prop, Twin Jet and Four Engine Jet - and use them as is or modify them to suit yourself. I set up for the Baron 58 because I like juggling throttle, prop pitch, and mixture to get a trim. You can also pull the throttles back below a detent, which will give reverse thrust , which records that as a button rather than an axis. It looks like you can do the same trick with the prop pitch levers, which is more realistic, so I'll probly do that.
The 'Commercial' lever set provides an airbrake, four throttles and a flap setting lever. Haven't played with that yet.
All in all a nice piece of kit and I'm happy with it. Top marks to IPACS for organising their menus to accommodate the Honeycomb gear.
* There are actually 7