yes VERY expensive but worth every penny relative to the "highly modded" cougars i spoke of earlier, the warthog is actually "cheap" considering some of the cougar owners sunk over $1000 into modding their HOTAS. most simply went with the hall sensor and custom machined gimble mods. but some go as far as getting the FSSB R2 mod which takes sim to a whole different level. (using literally the same technology as you'd find in an actual F16 cockpit ) the logic behind this is the same as having a custom computer built, a 1600p monitor you can game on, a mechanical keyboard you feel good typing on, and a gaming grade mouse you can feel confident using when you are shooting someone there IS a difference when you are using a nice joystick when you fly. otherwise, you can always just use the mouse to fly
as far as the force sensor i mentioned earlier, there IS a force sensor stick you can buy (Saitek X-65F) but the reviews seems to be poor. force sensor is hard to get used to so you may not even like the feel of the stick when you fly. pretty much any/all serious sim enthusiast will tell you to buy warthog if you can afford it, X52 PRO if you cant. they better then other choices out there.