Using this HID application I have been able to get my Saitek Panels working in all simulations, really nice to have the extra buttons on a panel. Works fine with the Thrustmaster software as well, which does not mind it running.
Was even able to use a blank gauge frame to get it up off the desk, just need a spot light on it now. Although I know most of the switches without looking.
The Warthog brackets from MonsterTech are great.