The 10+ Best Flight Simulator Rudder Pedals in 2024

Your ultimate guide to the best rudder pedals for MSFS, X-Plane, and other simulators.

While sometimes overlooked, rudder pedals are a key part of a realistic flight sim experience.

But what rudder pedals are the best for your flight simulator?

Let’s review what’s on the market in 2024.

The rudder pedals we analyzed will work with X-Plane, Microsoft Flight Simulator, and other PC-based flight simulators.

Note: The prices listed were checked in March 2024. Please check the latest prices and specs directly from the manufacturers’ websites.

We know that checking the reviews is critical before you buy any of these flight sim rudder pedals. So, we included links to independent review videos and articles so you can easily compare various options.

What are the best rudder pedals for your flight simulator?

Here’s our quick summary:

Your budget and flying goals will largely determine which rudder pedals to get. We have ordered the rudder pedals primarily by price.

But what exactly do you get when spending more money?

  • Better sensors. More expensive pedals usually use contactless Hall effects. Better sensors let you precisely yaw the aircraft with even the smallest of pressures. Read more in the FAQ section.
  • Better build quality. The higher-end pedals generally use metal materials and motion mechanisms. This increases durability, reduces unwanted sliding against your floor, and feels more realistic.

In the end, all of the rudder pedals in this article will “get the job done” and give you a more realistic experience with good training value.

Your budget and goals for fidelity, quality, and flexibility will help you make a final choice.

If you’re budget-limited, consider starting with a less expensive set today. Then you can upgrade them later once you know what factors are most important to you.

Do you need rudder pedals for flight simulators?

Examples maneuvers that rudder pedals will let you fly.

Not necessarily. However, we highly recommend rudder pedals for most serious flight simmers. Especially if you use your simulator for real-world pilot training or proficiency.

You might not need rudder pedals if:

  • You have a joystick with a twist axis. It will let you control the rudder, but it has drawbacks:
    • Differential braking can’t be controlled easily.
    • Muscle memory (from twisting your hand) won’t transfer as easily to foot movements required in real life.
  • If you’re flying IFR and primarily want to focus on flying procedures where the rudder isn’t used very much

Who really should have rudder pedals? Real-world private pilot students.

You will benefit greatly from pedals because you can gain the correct muscle memory during takeoff (left-turning tendencies), slips, and taxi.

However, if you can’t buy them yet, don’t worry. You can still get plenty of value from your sim for everything else (like ATC, navigation, reading instruments, etc.).


Ok — let’s start by reviewing your options. We’ll break the pedals down into three main categories:

  1. The most affordable options
  2. Mid-range options
  3. The most realistic, high-end options

Are you not planning to practice hand flying, crosswind landings, and stalls? Do you mostly focus on flying IFR or airliners?

Then the benefits of premium rudder pedals are less worth it. Prioritize other items in your budget first and see what’s left over for pedals.

If you have an unlimited budget and want to invest in the best from the start, skip to the high-end options.

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The most affordable flight sim rudder pedals (under $250)

Cheap rudder pedals are difficult to find.

The cheapest way to control the rudder is to use a joystick with a rudder twist control. For example, you can buy an Extreme 3D Pro Joystick for as low as $34.99.

But if you’re a student pilot, this won’t help you build the foot muscle memory that is critical for many maneuvers.

Dedicated rudder pedals start at around $100. Let’s explore them below.

Thrustmaster T.Flight Rudder Pedals ($129.99)

A review by SimHanger Flight Simulation

The T.Flight Rudder pedals are a good entry-level option. They’re readily available on the market.

The pedals slide on four aluminum tracks, which Thrustmaster calls the S.M.A.R.T Rudder system.

Unfortunately, the pedal tension is not adjustable. There is a switch to select if you want to use the pedals as an airline versus a car/racing simulator. Be careful to set this properly during setup.

One feedback in reviews is that the pedals easily slide around on the floor. This can be mitigated by putting a spacer between the pedals and the wall

Summary:

Comparison review videos: Thrustmaster T.Flight Rudder Pedals versus…

Logitech G Flight Rudder Pedals ($169.99)

A review by Sporty’s

The G Flight Rudder Pedals pedals have an adjustable tension dial and adjustable footrests. This lets you select from three pedal lengths depending on your foot size.

Summary:

Comparison review videos: Logitech G Flight Rudder Pedals versus…

VKB T-Rudders Mk.V Rudder Pedals ($215)

A review by laubox

The Mk.V rudder pedals stand out in this price category for their steel construction. They are a good option for someone wanting a durable, low-profile rudder pedal system.

The main downside is that they do not have toe brakes. You would need to assign a joystick/keyboard button to control brakes and differential braking.

Also, the angle of the footrests is very low and isn’t adjustable. This means your foot orientation isn’t as realistic as some other options.

You can see a video of the movement action here.

Summary:

CH Products Pro Pedals USB Flight Simulator Pedals

You can probably find a used pair of the CH Products Pro Pedals at a cheap price. These pedals have been around for decades.

Indeed, it may be the most budget-friendly option for actual rudder pedals on the list — if you can find them.

Comparison review videos: CH Products Pro Pedals versus…

Which rudder pedals are the best value (mid-range)?

These options offer improved build and sensor quality. They also offer more adjustability and flexibility. This lets you fine-tune the feel and simulate different aircraft types more realistically.

MFG Crosswind V3 (€260 plus pedals, starting around €38)

Review by Ten Minute Tech

The Crosswind V3 pedals are produced by MFG (Milan Flight Gear).

These pedals receive excellent feedback from the flight sim community. They’re made from a sturdy composite material and some aluminum parts.

You will need to buy a base unit, plus your desired variation of 3D-printed pedal footrests. They offer variations such as Cessna, Airbus, TBM, and others.

It uses Hall effect sensors (high-resolution contactless magnetic sensors) that help ensure precision over the years.

It includes several adjustment features:

  • A knob to adjust the tension on the pedals.
  • Adjustable pedal angle from 21° to 52°. You can go further to 61° by adding a support plate under the pedals or a width adjustment plate.
  • Adjustable “Toe out” angle (see video)
  • Wall spacers to help maintain the pedals stable against the wall behind your computer (see video). There are also holes to mount the pedals to the floor or a frame.

A hydraulic damper option is available which can greatly improve the feel and realism of the pedals. Their damper has 23 adjustment levels. Some advantages of the damper system include:

  • Smoother inputs
  • Reduced spring-induced wobble
  • Linear force throughout the entire movement range
  • For rotorcraft: Can be configured to hold the pedals without a return to the center (anti-torque pedals)
  • A better simulation of how an airliner’s hydraulic system feels

Summary:

Comparison reviews: MFG Crosswind V3 versus…

Winwing Orion Metal Flight Rudder Pedals ($289.85)

Review by G-LOC MEDIA

Winwing makes the Orion Metal Flight Rudder Pedals. It utilizes Hall effect sensors for smooth control. They feature a full-metal frame (utilizing aerospace-grade aluminum) and stainless steel for load-bearing parts.

It offers several control modes:

  • Fixed-Wing Self-Return-to-Center Mode
  • Rotary-Wing High-Damping No-Return-to-Center Mode
  • Ground Vehicle Driving Mode

You can easily switch between these modes without any tools required.

The pedal angle is also adjustable, and the pedals have a large range of travel (18 cm).

The “rebound” on the footrest is non-linear (see video here) and can give a more realistic toe brake feeling.

It comes with an extra-large anti-slip pad that works well on hard surface floors, as well as mounting holes on the bottom plates.

Summary:

Virpil ACE Flight Pedals (€299.95)

Review by G-LOC MEDIA

ACE Flight Pedals by Virpil offer an all-metal construction with high-precision contactless digital sensors.

They offer adjustments for:

  • Length (to adapt to your foot size)
  • Footplate angle
  • Hard vs. soft centering (cams)
  • Heavy vs. soft (spring)

Using the two provided cams and springs, you can effectively choose between 6 different force profiles.

Like the MFG system, Virpil offers an adjustable Damper Upgrade Kit for purchase. It lets you replace the spring-based centering system with a damper-based one.

Summary:

Turtle Beach VelocityOne™ Rudder ($299.99)

Review by SimHanger Flight Simulation

The VelocityOne™ Rudder pedals by Turtle Beach are a flexible option. They are especially well-suited for those using Xbox and other Turtle Beach hardware.

Like the other pedals in this category, they use non-contact Hall effect sensors.

However, unlike several other pedals in this price range which are made of metal, these have a plastic shell around the main metal base.

The most unique feature of the pedals is their compatibility with Xbox. However, you must also have the VelocityOne Flight Control System for this to work.

Adjustment features include:

  • Distance between the pedals (to match a particular aircraft and for optimum comfort)
  • Two variations of rudder pedal footrests — one for airliners and another for general aviation aircraft. Most of the other products we covered would require you to purchase additional pedal options separately.
  • Adjustable pedal angle
  • Two additional springs so you can adjust the pedal tension

These adjustments can be made very easily with a single tool that is included.

It offers a non-slip base with holes for permanent mounting, including a pad specifically designed for carpets. There are also screw holes if you wish to attach the pedals to the ground directly.

One reviewer commented that the pedals may be more noisy than other options. Another mentioned that the toe brakes may be lighter than other similar pedals.

These pedals would be ideal for those pilots who fly MSFS on Xbox and want the ability to customize their pedals.

Summary:

What are the most realistic rudder pedals for flight simulators?

The pedals in this category are much more expensive. In return, you will enjoy a more robust design and the highest-quality sensors.

Thrustmaster Pendular Rudder (TPR) ($599.99)

Review by Rob Sogomonian

If you’re looking for a robust set of rudder pedals with a realistic pedal angle, the Thrustmaster Pendular Rudder (TPR) pedals are a popular choice.

These pedals don’t “slide” like traditional flight sim rudder pedals. Instead, they swing back and forth around a pivot point (like a pendulum). This is why they’re called “pendular” rudders. This design more accurately replicates the motion and feel of rudder pedals in actual aircraft.

Another notable feature is that the dimensions and pedal angles are very realistic. You can easily keep your heels on the floor and use your toes for finer control as you would in a real aircraft.

The pedals can be adjusted to 5 angles (between 35° and 75°). You can adjust the spring position to your desired stiffness.

The sensors are top-of-the-line. They use a patented “H.E.A.R.T. HallEffect AccuRate Technology” which incorporates 3D Hall effect magnetic sensors on all axes.

Due to the pendular design, they also take up less floor space compared to some other pedals.

Summary:

Redbird Alloy RD1 ($599)

Review by Paul Andrew

Redbird is known for producing its popular full-scale certified flight simulators. They also offer rugged RD1 rudder pedals for sale.

It’s unclear if these pedals use Hall effect sensors. However, Redbird says their “advanced spring system” allows you to control the rudder with small input pressures.

The long base offers substantial rudder travel but may require more floor space than some other options.

Do you own other Redbird hardware and want to stay in the Redbird ecosystem? The RD1 pedals may be a good option for you.

Summary:

Virtual Fly Flight Sim Rudder Pedals – Ruddo (€1095)

Review by Thomas Rasmussen

VirtualFly is known for producing high-quality simulators and accessories. Their Ruddo rudder pedals utilize aluminum and steel parts. These are the same pedals used in VirtualFly’s certified simulators.

The rudder axes use hall effect sensors with “linear guide ball technology.” Load cell pressure sensors are used on the brake axes.

The pedals are adjustable up to 4 levels of hardness.

Summary:

Comparison review videos: VirtualFly Flight Sim Rudder Pedals versus…

Best force feedback rudder pedals

For the ultimate realism, consider rudder pedals with force feedback. These will allow you to feel how the pressure on the rudder pedals changes with airspeed and other dynamic effects.

Brunner CLS-E MK II Rudder Pedals ($2010)

Review by G-LOC MEDIA

The top-of-the-line CLS-E (control loading system) offers an extremely robust, all-metal design. The force feedback will make it feel like you’re deflecting an actual control surface.

A few other advantages of this design include:

  • It supports single and dual-pilot applications. This means if you have a pilot and copilot station each with a set of these pedals, they can be configured to move in tandem.
  • It can move the rudder pedals in the same way that an autopilot or rudder trim would in a real airplane
  • It can simulate effects like shaking from the engine and ground

It utilizes contactless high-resolution sensors and the pedals offer 150 mm of travel.

The rudders communicate with your simulator (such as X-Plane, M-FSX, and Prepar3D) via the CLS2Sim software.

Summary:

What are the best rudder pedals for Xbox (with MSFS)?

At the moment, there aren’t many rudder pedals that are compatible with Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox. Here are the main options.

Caution! These pedals can’t be directly attached to the Xbox, but must instead be attached to the peripherals described below.

More info about Xbox-compatible options is in this video.

Check out this article for more information about the pros/cons of using MSFS on Xbox.

What are the best rudder pedals for airliners (like the 737 and A320)?

If you are looking for rudder pedals to fly airliners in your flight simulator, any of the pedals discussed in this article could work.

However, consider these options if you would like airliner-style footplates:

Tillers for flight simulators

Tillers are used to steer airliners during taxi.

Remember that airliners are controlled on the ground primarily by tillers (operated by the captain). So for the ultimate realism, consider a tiller control as well. Here are some options:

For a DIY approach, consider mounting a driving simulator steering wheel upwards.

Rudder pedal FAQ

Are flight simulator rudder pedals compatible with Mac?

Rudder pedals usually work with X-Plane on Mac but the custom calibration software might not work.

Three pedals that explicitly advertise Mac compatibility are:

While manufacturers often don’t explicitly state Mac compatibility for rudder pedals, many will work with Mac systems. Rudder pedals usually connect via USB and rely on generic drivers that MacOS should recognize.

In many cases, if the simulator software you’re using supports Mac, the peripherals like rudder pedals should also be compatible.

However, it’s worth checking user reviews or forums for specific experiences with the pedals you’re considering.

It’s also important to note that while the hardware may work with MacOS, any custom calibration software provided by the manufacturer might not be compatible.

This could prevent you from using some advanced customization options. But the basic pedal functionality will likely still work.

Are the rudder pedals compatible with my simulator?

Rudder pedals are generally designed to be compatible with a wide range of flight simulators.

Most rudder pedals connect to your computer through USB. They will be recognized as generic input devices, making them broadly compatible across different flight sim software — including Microsoft Flight Simulator, X-Plane, Prepar3D, etc.

What is the advantage of Hall effect sensors?

Hall effect sensors offer a big leap over traditional potentiometers in flight simulator hardware. Here’s why they’re worth considering:

  • No Wear and Tear: Since they work without touching any parts (they measure magnetic fields), they don’t wear out. This means your controls stay precise and smooth.
  • Better Precision: These sensors can catch tiny changes in position, giving you finer control and making the controls more realistic.
  • Consistent Performance: Their accuracy is unaffected by dust or moisture.

In short, Hall effect sensors make your controls more accurate, reliable, and durable. If you can afford rudder pedals that use them, it’s a worthwhile investment.

Can I use racing pedals for flight simulators?

Describes challenges of using driving pedals for flight simulators.

It’s technically possible. It could be a reasonable option if you already have a set or you find the prices cheaper than aviation rudder pedals.

You can use software like vJoy and Universal Joystick Remapper (UJR) to make the accelerator and clutch function as a single axis. While unrealistic for an aircraft, you would then use the brake pedal as a standalone brake function.

There are numerous disadvantages to this setup, especially for real-world student pilots. The movement won’t be like an aircraft rudder pedal and the two pedals won’t be coupled together. This means you can’t use the weight of one foot to help manipulate the sensitivity of the other rudder pedal. However, there are some ways to get toe brake functionality like the X-ToeBrake2Yaw plugin.

See this video for more information on setting this up.

How do rudder pedals work?

Examples of actual aircraft rudder pedals.

Rudder pedals are crucial for pilots to maintain precise control both on the ground and in the air. They have two primary movements.

Sliding Motion: This is the primary movement where the pedals side forward and backward. This moves the rudder surface on the vertical stabilizer. For aircraft with nosewheel steering, it also results in the nosewheel moving for steering during taxi.

Toe Brakes: Located at the top part of each pedal, toe brakes allow pilots to apply brakes individually to each wheel. This capability enables tight turns on the ground via differential braking (pressing one pedal more than the other).

Here’s a short video showing how rudder pedals are properly used in a Piper. Notice how the pedals slide left and right to apply the rudder, but rotate downward to apply brakes.

Your toes rest on the bottom of the pedals unless you’re actively applying brakes. In a Cessna, they look like this.

How do pilots use rudder pedals?

Rudder pedals are fundamental for effective aircraft control. Key uses of rudder pedals include:

  • Taxiing: Pilots use rudder pedals to turn the airplane while taxiing on the ground. They use a combination of nosewheel steering and differential braking.
  • Differential Braking: Applying more pressure on one pedal allows for tighter ground turns through differential braking.
  • Crosswind Adjustments: During takeoff and landing in crosswinds, rudder pedals help keep the aircraft aligned with the runway.
  • Counteracting Left Turning Tendency: Right rudder is applied to balance the aircraft’s natural yaw to the left in single-engine propeller aircraft.
  • Forward Slip: Used to increase descent rate without gaining speed, requiring rudder and aileron used in opposition.
  • Engine Failure in Multi-Engine Aircraft: Rudder pedals allow the pilot to maintain directional control when an engine fails. They can counteract the yawing which is produced by the asymmetric thrust.
  • Turn Coordination: Pilots use rudder pedals together with ailerons to prevent adverse yaw so turns are smooth and coordinated.
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