By – Stephen Todd

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Desktop aviators all know that it’s a major inconvenience to set up and take down flight controls before and after every flight. Haven’t you wished there was a way to simplify the process and spend more time flying?  Well, the folks at Wheel Stand Pro had a similar thought and decided to do something about it.  Start with an adjustable metal frame that is custom built to hold flight controls, racing wheels, and pedals.  Make it solid, yet adjustable and able to fit any chair, and you may just have the solution to the problem. TPG reached out to the folks at Wheel Stand Pro and they graciously agreed to allow me a review their Saitek specific model.

When you open the plain brown box it comes in, you see the Wheel Stand Pro neatly folded and wrapped in plastic and bubble wrap. Next to it was a box that included every bracket, piece of hardware, allen key and even the box end wrench you’ll need. On top of it all was my favorite bit – laminated instructions. Yes, I got excited about that. Why? Because I drink a lot of Dr. Pepper and don’t want it to end up on the instructions, as tends to happens when I actually read them.

It also has the added benefit of keeping them from being destroyed by kids, shipping, dirty hands or a host of other things. Great foresight by the company here.  Taking everything out of the box, I immediately noticed the weight of the stand itself. The shipping weight is 19 pounds and I can see why. This is nice, welding grade stainless steel, which is great because it cuts down on corrosion, makes it easier to maintain, and looks nice when it’s stood up.

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The next step I took was reading the very easy-to-follow instructions (and I didn’t spill my drink!), and then watched the assembly video on their YouTube page. When that was done, I very quickly attached the pedals with the included brackets and hardware. The custom brackets for the throttle and other components attach with a couple of screws.  From there, I placed two throttle quadrants, a multi panel, radio panel and my yoke with a total of ten screws. There really isn’t much to say about putting the stand together. It’s just that easy. However, a Philips head screw driver and a pair of pliers are required to get everything locked in.  But once installed, all the parts fits tight and is very secure on their base.   Alright, enough descriptive talk. Let’s get into what it’s like to use the thing.  However, before we go any further – I am using the following controls: Saitek Pro Flight Yoke and Throttle, CH Products Pedals.

First, let me say that the Wheel Stand Pro was designed for racing games first, and then adapted for flight simulation use. To me, it seems like this was designed to be used sitting on a couch or easy chair in front of your TV playing a console, and not for desk use. I was actually pretty concerned that the stand might not work because it wasn’t tall enough to fit over the top of my desk. Happily, it did and the yoke even sat a little higher, which I like since I’m a tall guy. Unfortunately, that also meant the throttles were higher than normal and very close to the yoke, which took some getting used to.

The next test came when I slid the unit under my desk. I was honestly a little surprised with how well it worked. I thought I would need to tilt the yoke down to level to make it work, but it actually slid straight in and fit well, with no need to adjust the height or angle of the main post. The only issue I had was that with the size of my office chair, the pedals felt a little far away. I simply unbolted the pedals, slid them closer, then bolted them back down – Easy fix.  I also noticed immediately that all of the controls are in a very small area. Normally I have them spread out a little more on my desk, like you would have it in an airliner. With the stand, everything is literally in a space about two feet wide. So, while you’re not reaching far for controls, but it did feel a little cramped to me as compared to what I was used to.

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After a few hours of use, I did start to get used to the layout with one exception – having the radio stack on the left side, like they show in the installation video, made it difficult to use. Every time I wanted to change frequency or change something on the auto pilot, I had to stop every couple of seconds because my hand was blocking the displays. I tried switching positions with the radio stack and throttles, but that didn’t feel very natural. I ended up moving the throttles back over to the right, but I put the desk clamps on them. I then mounted my Multi panel and Radio panel to the top of the desk clamps. It works the best so far, but it still doesn’t feel natural.  However, I have been placing my controls in the same place, on the same desk for years. Muscle memory is a tough thing to change.  Also, I highly recommend that you have and use pedals with this product. The pressure from your feet is what keeps the whole thing on the ground. Using it without them, or at least without stepping on the base, will result in tipping.

Cable management is going to be something you spend some time on. Those two zip ties that came in the basic kit will come in handy with this, but you’ll likely need a few more. If you only use the built in USB Hub in the yoke, you’ll need to gather up and stow the excess length of cord from your components. It’ll be easy enough to zip tie them to the bars. However, if you have several pieces of hardware, meaning more than there are USB slot in that hub, you will have to leave them undone so you can plug them into your PC or you can get a dedicated USB hub and mount it somewhere on the stand. It’s something to put some thought into so it doesn’t become a tangled mess.

I should note that over the time I was testing the stand, the quick release tabs made it super easy to fold it up and put away. I have to plug some things into the PC, but I can literally clean this up and have it put away in under a minute. I can tell you my wife greatly appreciated not having flight controls all over my desk when she walked into our office.  I did really push the stand to my extremes. I made several hard movements with the yoke, banking and pitching. I moved the pedals back and forth quickly and tried to make the thing tip or bend.  This thing is as solid and secure as putting the items on a desk. It just doesn’t move.

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Conclusion – Is It Worth Your Money?

In short, the Wheel Stand Pro is exactly what the manufacturer said it was: A well built, sturdy, flexible and customizable way to keep your controls in one place, but with the added ability to put them away and keep them out of view. You are able to order additional hardware packs to change out flight controls with a racing wheel or even certain popular flight simulation joysticks, so you can use it for multiple platforms.  The only down sides I found were purely related to my comfort, not the product itself.

Wheel Stand Pro Summary:


  • Time Used – 10 Days
  • System Specs – AMD Phenom II X4 965, 8GB RAM, Radeon HD 6670
  • Controls – Saitek Pro Flight Yoke and Throttle, CH Products Pedals
  • Acquisition Method – Review Unit
  • Warranty – 30 Days
  • Construction – Stainless Steel
  • Availability – Official Site
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