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Thursday, November 26th 2015, 5:39pm

What control layout do top helicopter pilots use?

Hey guys, sorry if this has been done before, but I can't find the thread if so, despite a lot of literature on the similar topic of jet controls. I'm trying to become a better pilot, and it occurred to me that I'm not entirely sure what controls top pilots use. Default chopper controls (and what I use now) are:

Pitch: Mouse (inverted)
Roll: Mouse
Yaw: A, D
Throttle: W, S

However, it occurs to me that for the sake of precision, the mouse should control pitch and yaw, and the crosshairs should not be inverted (i.e. match the movement of infy and tank crosshairs):

Pitch: Mouse (non-inverted)
Roll: A, D
Yaw: Mouse
Throttle: W, S

This seems very counter intuitive to me, since I learned the "imagine your mouse is the top of a joystick" approach to flight. However, it also seems the only way to pull off the long range, low TTK minigun kills I see in scout chopper duels, both in videos and in the occasional pub.


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Friday, November 27th 2015, 12:45am

Roll should be A, D and Yaw should be Mouse. This gives you analog control over your targeting. Inverted is pretty thoroughly ingrained in me for air vehicles, but if you have no habits to break, non-inverted is fine. Muscle memory is irrelevant here anyway because of the inertia the vehicle has when looking in any direction, so I wouldn't worry about having the same sort of look type as vehicles/inf. Almost every single top level pilot I know uses inverted y axis controls.

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Friday, November 27th 2015, 3:23am

The default helicopter controls on console are whack. I had to bugger around with them for ages to get them right.

Off the top of my head I think I have:

Right stick as Yaw/ Pitch so it is basically the "look around/ aim" stick

Left stick up and down as climb/ descend with left to right as the "roll over sideways and crash into the ground" controls.