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Fixing Erratic Throttle Behavior in MSFS

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Are you experiencing erratic or unexpected throttle behavior in Microsoft Flight Simulator, despite your physical throttle controls being correctly set? Here’s a quick fix that could solve your problem.

We recently had a tech support client who reported that his throttle was being set to full in various aircraft, even though the lever on this Honeycomb Bravo was set to idle.

After checking that the throttle sensors were working correctly in the USB Game Controller settings, we discovered the issue was with an advanced feature of MSFS causing unexpected issues — the assistance options!

The behavior was occurring while the aircraft was positioned on the runway for takeoff, and the AI assistance was attempting to set full throttle.

The solution? Disable any AI flight assistance in Microsoft Flight Simulator.

To do this:

  1. Go to the Assistance Options in MSFS.
  2. Click on ‘Piloting’ tab.
  3. Look for the Assistance options such as assisted yoke, assisted, landing, and assisted takeoff, and turn them off.
  4. Click ‘Apply and Save’.

Alternatively, you can set the level of difficulty to “True to Life” to remove all assistance options that wouldn’t be present in real life.

By turning off these assistance features, you should eliminate any unexpected throttle changes the AI might be causing.

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