Quite some time ago, someone (I think it might have been Vonrd, iirc) mentioned using "Voice Attack" software to control Rise of Flight using your microphone.
While an intriguing idea at the time, I didn't get a chance to try that out until just recently. So, if it was Vonrd, or someone else who mentioned it, Thank You!
As many of you know, I just use a Logitech Extreme 3D joystick to fly RoF, and while it does that quite well, it simply doesn't have enough buttons for more complicated sims (like FSX, DCS or Falcon BMS). A few weeks ago, I decided to give VA a try, and I've been enjoying the heck out of it ever since. I used RoF as my "test case" and put together a profile for it that handles many of the commands in the game, and can actually do some things that I think are pretty slick. While I haven't made DCS or BMS profiles as yet, it's also working quite well for FSX, and I regularly fly both sims now without touching the keyboard at all (or even needing most of the buttons on my joystick any more).
In RoF, engine starts, mixture and radiator control, map viewing, dropping bombs, shooting flares, and a bunch of other things, are all easily handled by simply pushing one button and telling the game what to do.
It occurred to me (eventually ) that I should probably share that profile with folks in our community who might be interested in it. Sure, sure, I *know* that pilots in WWI didn't control their airplanes by talking to them, so if you're worried about spoiling "immersion", I understand. OTOH, I think it is cool as heck to say "Engine Start" and have the sim immediately start up whatever plane I'm in, wherever I'm at, be it in an SP mission, or on New Wings - Wargrounds, or in FiF.
In any case, I've put the profile, with some documentation into a .zip file and I'm uploading it here for you to dabble with if you wish. Enjoy, and Have Fun!
PS> Disclaimer: Voice Attack is free to try (limited to a single profile with up to 20 commands), but costs $10 for a full, registered version.
After playing with it for a couple hours, that $10 was an easy, no-brainer purchase for me, but others may feel differently.
I mention this because my profile has way more than 20 commands in it, so you'll need to have the registered version to use it fully.