Brunner CLS MKII Yoke Review

Over the past three months, I’ve had the pleasure of using one of the most immersive flight simulator yokes available: the Brunner yoke. This device stands out in terms of both features and build quality. Although this is not a sponsored post, Brunner did send me the yoke for review. However, they have no influence on my opinions, and they won’t see this post before it goes live.

The Brunner yoke offers a maximum pitch force of 110 Newtons and a roll force of 6 Newton meters. These forces are more than adequate for any flight simulation needs, providing a strong and immersive experience. I usually operate it at a lower power setting, as the yoke’s main advantage is not just its force but its wide range, or resolution, which is particularly noticeable when compared to its smaller sibling, the CLS-E NG yoke.

One standout feature is the 180-degree roll travel, which is standard for real-life yokes. However, the pitch travel of 160 mm is exceptional and closely resembles the experience in general aviation aircraft like a Cessna or TBM. This extensive pitch travel significantly enhances the realism of the flight sim.

The yoke also includes a small flight display that offers various pages such as an instrument display, stopwatch, button configurations, telemetry data, and an information page. While I personally don’t use this feature often, it could be valuable for pilots using the yoke for training purposes.

The Brunner yoke’s effects include turbulence, airspeed resistance, vibration effects, trim effects, and stick shaker effects, all of which contribute to a highly immersive experience. When used in X-Plane, the feedback provided by these effects makes flying feel incredibly realistic and Microsoft Flight Simulator while not as convincing as X-Plane is still very convincing. I think the has a lot to do with the flight model.

Upon taking off with the Brunner yoke, the sense of weight and fluidity is immediately apparent. The feedback from the yoke makes the simulation feel alive. As you gain speed, the yoke requires more effort to maneuver, accurately simulating real-life flight dynamics. Trimming the aircraft with a force feedback yoke changes the flight experience significantly, making it one of my favorite features.

In turbulent weather conditions, the yoke’s response is impressive, providing a realistic feel of the aircraft being buffeted by the wind. The ability to feel the air rushing over the wings and the prop wash effect adds to the overall realism and creates something super immersive.

The Brunner yoke is robust, with a base measuring 21 cm wide and 43 cm long. Its industrial look, characterized by exposed metal, might seem unfinished at first glance, but it exudes high quality and durability. The yoke wheel is made of a premium material, likely a soft plastic or hard rubber, and includes an additional screen in the center. However, the wheel is slightly smaller than the real-life yoke it’s modeled after, and it cannot be interchanged, which could be a drawback for some users.

The yoke integrates seamlessly with X-Plane and Microsoft Flight Simulator. However, the software can be a bit daunting to configure due to its extensive customization options. There is a detailed online document available, which I recommend reviewing to better understand the settings. To get the most out of the yoke you really need to take the time to learn everything about how it works. Tinkering, changing and testing small amounts at a time.

At around $2,300 USD, the Brunner yoke is one of the most expensive yokes on the market. While this price may be prohibitive for many, it reflects the high-quality build and immersive experience the yoke provides. Compared to the cheaper CLS-E NG yoke, the Brunner offers extra power, pitch travel, and a built-in screen, which justify the additional cost for serious flight simulation enthusiasts. Although, if the 160mm pitch travel doesn’t float your boat, I’d suggest going for the cheaper NG yoke.

The Brunner yoke is best suited for dedicated flight simulation enthusiasts and pilots in training. Its convincing force feedback, exceptional build quality, and extensive pitch travel make it a valuable addition to any high-end flight simulator setup. Although the price is high, the immersive experience it delivers is unparalleled. For those serious about flight simulation, the Brunner yoke is a worthy investment that transforms the simulation experience into something extraordinarily realistic and addictive.

If you’re ever at a flight simulation event and see a Brunner stand, I highly recommend giving it a try. You’ll likely know within the first 60 seconds whether a force feedback yoke is the right fit for you.

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