Bravo Throttle Quadrant (Honeycomb)
The Honeycomb Bravo Throttle Quadrant is excellent hardware with many functions in a somewhat bulky part. However, the price/performance ratio is excellent for this many options and customization options.
The quadrant is connected via a supplied cable (USB 2.0 for the PC, USB-C for the Honeycomb Bravo Throttle Quadrant). It is mounted either using a supplied suction cup or using clamps for table tops up to 5 centimeters. Note that the Throttle Quadrant is very bulky, extending up to 12 inches forward of your desk and about 10 inches back. In addition, the quadrant has a height of about 15 cm above the table top and about 8 cm down from the table top and a width of about 28 centimeters. So note that this part takes up a lot of space and you probably don’t want to assemble/disassemble it on a daily basis (takes 1 minute).
The operating instructions or a keyboard layout are missing. Of course, a lot is self-explanatory, but some buttons have to be tried out. In addition to the Throttle Quadrant, there is also the Alpha Flight Control Yoke for General Aviation and Boeing Commercial.
Below I have summarized the most important functions of the Honeycomb Bravo Throttle Quadrant for you at a glance.
- Thrust control including thrust reverser on 6 axes – adaptable for General Aviation and Commercial with 12 individual levers
- Gear switch including LED display
- trimming wheel
- landing flap switch
- annunciator panel with 14 lights (status and warning messages from the board systems)
- 7 freely programmable Switch switches
- Autopilot with illuminated background lighting of the currently active mode
- Compatible with many aircraft simulators
- Adjustable / adaptable to different aircraft types
Test & Recommendation
The good attachment of the hardware and the excellent workmanship can be positively emphasized. There is a trim wheel, GA button and reverser as well as many functions, buttons and switches in one tool. In addition, the levers work precisely and without shaking.
The lack of instructions and the programming, which initially has to be carried out for the respective aircraft simulator or the aircraft, are negatively noticeable.
All in all, the Bravo Throttle Quadrant results in a very good complementary solution for many functions, which is high-quality and adaptable. Together with a yoke or joystick and a rudder/brake unit, this results in a relatively inexpensive complete cockpit, which makes flying great fun.
I have a detailed test and a recommendation in the article Honeycomb Bravo Throttle Quadrant – Test & Recommendation summarized. There you will find many more hints and tips for throttling.
Meanwhile there are several Honeycomb Bravo Throttle Quadrant Configurations. Of course, the Configuration for the A32NX by FlyByWire Simulations. In several articles on this blog, I have shown you various configurations with free and paid software tools, so that you can get the most out of your Honeycomb Bravo for the Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020.
You can also get more out of the Bravo Throttle Quadrant with additional free and paid software. For example, you can use the free Better Bravo Lights for Microsoft Flight Simulator to completely retrofit the assignment to the LEDs or even change the configuration. This means that all the LED displays in the quadrant are now fully functional. With the paid software Spad.Next you can also configure the autopilot, the switches and the axes. This allows the autopilot to be used fully in the FBW A32NX, for example, you can put several functions in one including conditions on the switch buttons or set the spoilers on the axis to the “ARM” position. This opens up many other useful uses.
Especially at first, it is difficult to correctly map and interpret the 48 buttons of the Honeycomb Bravo Throttle Quadrant, as some are often not listed on explanation pages. For this reason I also have the complete assignment of the buttons of the Honeycomb Bravo Throttle Quadrant in the article Honeycomb Bravo Throttle Quadrant keymap summarized.