Changing flight modes with a joystick using SITL and Xplane

The documentation for running SITL with Xplane 10 states that joysticks can only be used for basic axes controls and can not be used for flight mode changes, but the functionality may be added in future versions.

I am running the SITL through mission planner ver. 1.3.57 and I am running Xplane 10.

Has anyone found a workaround to allow joysticks to change the flight mode or is this still currently not possible? Thank you in advance to anyone one who reads this post.

Unfortunately I think the “workaround” here is implementing that feature. If you know how to build it, that would be a nice feature to have.