I'm running 188.8.131.52 of the a330, and I find it to be completely uncontrollable and unflyable, especially on approach. My trim settings are correct, I've reinstalled a couple times, made sure my joystick calibration is correct. It is simply uncontrollable. Whenever I'm manually flying an approach, I make even the slightest nudge to my Thrustmaster Hotas Warthog, and the a330, after a slight delay, slowly begins rolling to the direction I nudged my joystick, and it simply continues rolling. In an effort to correct for this, I nudge the joystick in the other direction, and that causes it to overturn to the other direction. Eventually the a330 makes a sharp bank of over 10 degrees and I'm panicking trying to correct this and I simply can't. For me, it is impossible to fly a stable approach on this aircraft. The responsiveness is too slow and too extreme at the same time. Trust me, it's not that the aircraft is a heavy aircraft. I've tried this at many different payloads. It's a strange feeling of the controls being both sluggish and overly sensitive at the same time. I still find that there's a response lag for the joystick, and once the aircraft starts pitching or banking in one direction, it's extremely difficult to make the corrections necessary because (a) there's a lag time, so I try to correct, but once I realize I've overcorrected, I need to overcorrect in the other direction, but the aircraft is still busy executing my first correction, etc etc and (b) whenever I do correct, it's either too slow, or the plane violent pitches or banks - the perfect ingredients for an unflyable aircraft and a complete disaster of an approach.
I get that this plane isn't the 777, or the 787, or the 747, or the 737 or a320. The difference between this though and the other aircraft has always been the responsiveness to the controls, and I know this topic has been brought up before. Hear me, there's a difference between responsiveness and heaviness. The a330 is a heavy aircraft - that has been made clear, I get that. But these issues are clearly more than just heaviness. It's the responsiveness of the aircraft to the user inputs. Whatever has happened, it has made it such that there is no middle ground in responsiveness for this aircraft - either my corrections are too little, or the plane makes a drastic jerk, which once in that position, is obviously impossible to correct because the controls are so slow to implement in the aircraft that you've been on the ground for 5 seconds before the software realizes I've been pulling my joystick in the other direction for a good 10 seconds.
To use an overused comparison, I find the 777 to feel heavy (easily heavier than the 737 and a320), rightly so, but I don't feel that it's unresponsive. If I need to bank 5 degrees to the left, it feels heavy, yet very natural to do that. I know that I can gently tilt my joystick to the left, and once it gets close to 5 degrees, if I were to put my joystick on neutral, the plane due to inertia may slowly continue banking so I'll gently move the joystick to the right to a slightly lesser degree than I moved it left in order to stabilize the turn. But on this a330, if I gently turn my joystick to the left, if I start moving my joystick to the right to stabilize said turn, the aircraft keeps turning left for another 1.5 seconds, leading to me overshooting drastically the 5 degree bank angle. So maybe it's a good idea to correct a tiny bit more to the right. So I try that, but this time, the plane violent banks right. No middle ground, and very slow (again, not heavy). There's nothing natural about this. Different planes feel different, rightly so, but I don't think pilots should feel like they're fighting the aircraft. Pilots generally say that planes will fly themselves, that's not the case here. This must be looked at. I know a lot of work has gone into this, but as it is now, I simply cannot fly it. It's just frustrating because I paid $70 for a product that I never got to try out, and now I'm stuck with it. So this must be fixed.