Honeycomb Aeronautical announced an updated version of its flagship product, the Alpha Flight Controls yoke, during last year’s FlightSimExpo, in San Diego. After experiencing many development and manufacturing bottlenecks over the last few months, Honeycomb has finally announced this week that the new Alpha Flight Controls XPC is finally open for pre-orders, with initial shipments expected to begin on September 15th.
It’s been a rough couple of years for Honeycomb Aeronautical, with multiple issues with manufacturing, product availability, and support. The company seems to be slowly getting back to normal operations, even if we’re still hearing some users complain about long waiting times for support queries.
The good news is that the Alpha XPC has finally entered production, which means prospecting customers can get in line to get the first unit of the highly-awaited flight yoke.
The Alpha XPC includes several improvements over the original version, starting with an updated design, a spring-loaded ignition key, improved haptics, much-improved movement resolution, and compatibility with Xbox Series S|X.
Initial estimates pointed to a price increase that would drive the Alpha XPC closer to the $300 mark. Unfortunately, it’s even worse than that. Retail price for the Alpha XPC is set at $349.99, a $70 increase over the previous version.
Pre-orders for the new Alpha Flight Controls XPC are now open in limited quantities, exclusively through Honeycomb’s website. Shipping is expected to begin in 3 months, on September 15th.
Besides the Alpha XPC, Honeycomb is also opening pre-orders for the Xbox Hub, a small device that will enable owners of the Alpha XPC to connect the Bravo Throttle Quadrant and Charlie Rudder Pedals as one complete system to use with the Xbox Series S|X. Those waiting for the Charlie Rudder Pedals will also be happy to know that pre-orders for that particular device will open on July 15th, with pricing set at $349.99.