Button Layouts for Saitek X52 and CH Products

When it comes to flight simulators, I can never remember how I’ve mapped my joystick buttons.

Rather than relearning/remapping every time I loaded up a sim, I dusted off Adobe Illustrator and created these little PDF cheat sheets that I fill out for every game. Now, I give them to you!


CH Products Fighterstick
CH Products Pro Throttle
Saitek X52 Joystick
Saitek X52 Throttle

Each layout has two fields per button, in case you’re using a modifier button or playing a game that switches states (e.g. Landing Mode or Galaxy Map in Elite: Dangerous). You can type right into the PDF and save or print, or just print a blank copy and write in the entries with a pencil. I usually do the latter, since, at least for the first few hours of a game, I’m getting familiar with the most important buttons and update the layout multiple times before settling on the “right” one.

Here’s the layout I’m currently using for Elite: Dangerous.

Hope these are helpful!

Note: If you’re in the market for a new stick, I’ve got an article here comparing the X52 and CH Products.

Drew Scanlon