Using joysticks to control a drone

TV shows and movies repeatedly show a particular set of (really cool looking) joysticks for controlling drones. 

It just so happens that we have a set of these sticks lying around our shop. They're great for flight simulator games. It's not often that the items that movies show as tools are actually as high quality as they look. These things have a ton of buttons (to activate a lot of modes), have a great feel, and are very accurate.

They're Saitek X52 gaming flight control sticks. And if you'd like to pick up a set, here they are on Amazon:

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