I don't have the full answers to your problem(s).
My comment to you on what Logitech is up to is a general comment based on some positive comments in a Youtube video produced by another "full-on" flight simmer who recently acquired another piece of Logitech equipment. In the past this individual has been critical of the poor performance of particular Saitek products and has changed his mind to some extent with this particular item under the new ownership by Logitech..
My suggestion to you is contact Logitech at http://support.logitech.com/en_za/contact and ask them your original question you raised in this forum and any other questions you may have. No doubt you should advise on your location. The link also provides phone contacts.
This is a X-Plane forum not another third party software or product forum.
Good luck in obtaining the items you seek.