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  1. Hello Ianh, When opening the "Fuel and Payload" window (Aircraft - Fuel and Payload, in the FS main menu), if you can see that the Center of gravity is too much close to the nose of the plane, go to the FS9/Aircraft/Your aircraft directory, and open the file aircraft.cfg. In the § airplane_geometry, set the parameter wing_pos_apex_lon to 16 (the exact number is to be tested, because the greater the value of wing_pos_apex_lon, the more backwards the Center of gravity moves). You can then check, in the Fuel and Payload window, that the Center of gravity is now correctly at the middle of the plane, above the wings. Bests, Philippe
  2. Hello Velj, At some time, after running A320 PIC, when I tried to stop FS 2004, the FS menu or usual FS commands did not work for me. I had to kill the process “FS9.exe” in the “Processes tab” of the “Task Manager” (what you get with Ctrl+Alt+Suppr). Maybe you can do something similar. Bests, Philippe
  3. Hello Matt1, Did you solve your problem with the clicking in the Virtual cockpit ? I had this problem once in the middle of a flight, but everything came back to normal after I re-started FS 2004. Best regards, Philippe
  4. Hello h1racer, I guess that you are using the old A320 PIC and not the planes from the new Wilco Airbus series Vol 1. If this is the case, you can change the shortcuts for anything, and the doors in particular. In FS tools bar: Options - A320 PIC - Setup Keys Assigments (button) Left forward pax door, etc Mofify (button) Best Regards, Philippe
  5. "Hello Philippe, Thanks for letting us know about your workaround." Hello Shaun, Thanks for encouraging me to post something on the Wilco A320 PIC. So, this is where I am standing by now: General Unusual barriers A320 PIC can be as enjoyable as any complex plane add-on, and the full 3D cockpit approach is especially remarkable, but it contains strange features that build an unusual barrier between the game and the common user. This may be the reason why there are so few entries in the sim forums about this software. I have tried hereafter to cast some light on features that I found obscure at first. Taking those added precisions into account, I could reach a full and satisfactory use of the plane, even in combination with the FDC, FSC and Traffic utilities, therefore I am tempted to guess that it was the lack of tutorials, more that software glitches which doomed this add-on. There used to be one A320 PIC support forum within the FeelThere editor forums (http://www.iemit.com/forum/), but it was frozen and A320 PIC support was prematurely discontinued. I understand that this add-on was standing under strong criticism, so that Wilco decided to forget it and replace it with their Airbus series vol.1. I wrote this post while trying to use the add-on and it is probably too long to be read thoroughly, but, on occasions, it could be search for ideas of problems solutions. Starting-up software At some time I had problems starting the PIC 320 with my FS2004 configuration: I created a flight with any other plane, then I used "Plane - change" in the FS menu, to change the first plane into the PIC320. This is common with elaborate plane add-ons (like the old PSS Airbuses). Stopping software At some time, after running A320 PIC, when I tried to stop FS 2004, the FS menu or usual FS commands did not work for me. I had to kill the process “FS9.exe" in the “Processes tab” of the “Task Manager” (what you get with Ctrl+Alt+Suppr). Special A320 PIC commands The plane does not obey ordinary FS commands. The specific commands can be seen and modified, if necessary, in the “PIC Setup” window (“Keys assignment” button). The joystick must be first desactivated in FS, then re-activated in A320 PIC: • Desactivate your joystick with the FS menu: Options - Commands - Desactivate Joystick • Alt+Enter to go in “reduced window” display, because you can access the specific A320 PIC commands only in a reduced window. • Option - A320 Pilot in Command - Setup: The PIC setup window appears. • Tick box “Use Joystick” • Click on the “Joystick axes” button • Click for instance on “thrust lever 1”: it becomes highlighted • Click the “Modify” button: the message “Please move a joystick axis” appears • Move your Joystick slider: you should get Thrust lever 1 Joystick 1 slider1 At the end we should see: CAPT Stick X = Joystick 1 axis X CAPT Stick Y = Joystick 1 axis Y Thrust lever 1 = Joystick 1 slider 1 Thrust lever 2 = Joystick 1 slider 1 Rudder = Axis RZ • Click on the “Close” button • Alt+Enter : to come back to full screen Conflicts between A320 PIC and FS2004 commands There are conflicts between A320 PIC command keys and some command keys in FS 2004. Although the detailed analysis of what happens is not always easy, we sometimes do not get the expected result after pushing a key, and the screen may even freeze. Usually, if some shortcuts do not produce the expected result (e.g. doors do not open), it is because they are in conflict, either with FS 2004 shortcuts, or with other A320 PIC shortcuts. Anyway, reassigning the questionable keys solves those problems, for instance, following can be suggested: Shift X “HDG to be calculated by the plane” changed to Shift H Ctrl X “HDG to be set by the pilot” changed to Ctrl H B “Wheel brakes on” changed to W X “go out of plane” changed to None (The "None" choice is activated by the “Clear” button) Shift W “Push speed” changed to Shift K Ctrl W “Pull speed” changed to Ctrl K Because in FS 2004 those shortcuts have other meaning: Ctrl X is « activate flight advices » B is « reinitialise altimeter » X is « switch to watch frequency » and Ctrl W is “Prepare for Take off” in FDC Navigating in the cockpit As it has been commented already in sim forums, A320 PIC is a full 3D add-on, and there is not even a 2D panel display available. With a little bit of training, I found this option convenient, especially because the instruments always remain at the same place in the 3D cockpit. To navigate in the cockpit space, keep pressing the mouse wheel and move the mouse: the angle of view changes. Rotate the mouse wheel: you get closer or away. Click on the leftwards and rightwards arrow keys on your computer keyboard: you move sideways. Center of Gravity to be moved backwards (see thumbnail at the end of this post) When opening the Fuel and Payload window (Aircraft - Fuel and Payload, in the FS main menu), we can see that the Center of gravity of the plane is too close to the nose of the plane, which will cause stalling during the approach phase. To correct this there is a little trick that explains nothing but enables a steady flight: go to the FS9/Aircraft/A320PIC directory and open the file aircraft.cfg. In the § airplane_geometry, set the parameter wing_pos_apex_lon to 16 (the greater the value of wing_pos_apex_lon, the more backwards the Center of gravity moves). We can now see, in the Fuel and Payload window, that the Center of gravity is now correctly at the middle of the plane, above the wings. Flight Deck Companion (FDC) To use FDC, the Airbus must be started in Cold and Dark configuration. Afterwards the announcements and check-lists run OK. Sometimes, FDC stops talking during taxying: doing "Pause" and continuing afterwards or from the FS9 menu bar "Aircraft - Choose an aircraft - Cancel" makes it talk again Freezing When there is too much load on the computer, while using this Airbus, the display may freeze. Frames per second (FPS) should therefore be closely monitored (Shift - Z) and not let to be lesser than, say, 3 FPS. To obtain this, it is recommended to stop extra add-ons, like "All streets of Europe", or "Myworld". It may be furthermore necessary to reduce the Traffic rate. However the display options of the Airbus itself have little influence on the FPS. After crash After a plane crash, it is sometimes necessary to reboot the computer to have the autopilot working again. Complete experience To get the feeling of a real flight, the usual add-ons should be run with the airbus : FDC, FSC , Traffic and PFE. PC in sleep status As everything is closer to reality that default planes, it takes also more time to handle the plane. As you cannot always spend continuous hours on your laptop, you may put your laptop to “sleep” and resume your flight another day. Initial training between two close airports Because it takes a lot of Take-offs and Landings to master this Airbus, it is good for initial training to set FS2004 for a very short flight between two airports close to each other, so that the Take-off procedure should be quickly followed by the Landing procedure. Power supply Using ground power To get electricity in the plane, you normally use ground power (the normal procedure in airports). • Options - A320 Pilot in Command - Request ground power: nothing happens. > Go to Overhead panel (Ctrl+6). In the “Elec” section, EXT PWR (External power) button now shows AVAIL. • Click on EXT PWR button: EXT PWR displays ON Now you have power for the plane, coming from the external power connexion and you can see the various displays on the CRT screens. Using the APU The other alternative to get electricity is to use the APU (no electricity was maybe available in this small airport). > Go to Overhead panel. Look at the APU section at bottom of overhead panel. • Click on both “Main SW” (main switch) and “Start” buttons. ON is now displayed on both buttons. After some seconds, the word AVAIL appears on the “Start” button. Now you have power for the plane, coming out of the APU generator. Start engines Click on the “APU bleed” button In addition to starting the APU, it is also necessary to click on “APU bleed” before starting up the main engines, because the APU bleed air is mandatory to start up the main engines. • Turn the knob behind the throttles levers to the “Start” position. • Put the ENG2 and ENG2 levers on “ON” position. Now the main engines start. Ctrl E shortcut There is also the usual FS shortcut “Ctrl E” available, for having electricity for the plane and starting up the main engines, at the same time. Flight preparation Start up the “Inertial Reference System” Start up the “Inertial Reference System” devices, which calculate the geographical position of the plane, at any time, from a starting geographical position: > Go to Overhead panel. Look at the ADIRS section (top left of Overhead panel). • Click on IR1, IR2, IR3. Each button now displays the word ALIGN (meaning that the plane inertial system must be initialized with the current geographic position of the plane). MCDU setting • Click “Ctrl+4”: the MCDU screen (“Multi-function Control and Display Unit”, Airbus special name for flight planner) is displayed. • Click on the INIT button. • Using the MCDU keys, type-in the starting/ending airport codes, such as EDDF/LFPG. • Click on the “From/To” button (i.e. the top right button of MCDU, just close to the words “From/To”). • Click on the “Align IRS” button. The inertial system of the plane adjusts (“aligns”), so that the current geographical position in the plane inertial system equals the current geographical position of the plane. • Click on “Next page”. Fill-out the ZFWCG/ZFW (Zero Fuel Weight Centre of Gravity/Zero Fuel Weight). A wrong value would produce a false behaviour of the plane, possibly leading to repeated crashes while landing. A realistic value would be 19/63 (19 m/63 tons, with 56 tons for the void plane and 7 tons for the passengers). • Click on the F-PLN (flight plan) button: We can see the departure and arrival airport codes. • Click on EDDF button: the word “Departure” appears. • Click on the “Departure” button. Available runways appear (they can be scrolled using the two vertical arrows MCDU keys). • Click on “runway” button: the selected runway is displayed at the top of the screen (e.g. 25L) and the SIDS (Standard Instrument Departure) appear. • Click on the selected SID button (e.g. KIR9G/KIR): the selected SID is displayed at the top of the screen. • Click on the “Insert*” button: The flight plan now includes the selected SID. We need to visualize the SID path, in order to check that it goes in the direction of our destination airport: > Go to front panel. • Ctrl+1 to display the front panel. • Click anywhere on the ND screen, “Navigation Display” for Airbus. This is the CRT screen with the flight plan waypoint visualized. The detached ND window pops-up. It can be moved and its size extended as usual pop-up windows. So, each time you select a new SID, you can see graphically the SID path and waypoints on the detached ND window. You may turn a rotating knob on the front panel, to the left of the auto-pilot displays (speed, heading, etc), to adjust the range of the ND display. Clicking again on the ND will make the detached ND window disappear. > Back to the MCDU. • Click on the INIT button - Next page - Files button This "Files" button was added in the sim to save the flight plans. It does not exist in the real A320. • Save Co Rte (save company route) Type the route name of your choice with the MCDU keys, then push the Name button, then push the SAVE* button. Now your flight plan is stored in the game and will be usable another time to fly the same route. FS2004 organiser Enter a simplified flight plan in the FS flight plan, in order to see a path on the FS map and to give the ATC enough data to guide you. • Flight - Flight organiser - Modify - OK The flight plan must not be detailed close to the departure and arrival airports, because you cannot know in advance your runways, SID and arrival STAR, which will depend on ATC instructions. The runways, SID and STAR will be taken care of by the A320 PIC (using the MCDU interface). Setting up the altitude > Go to front panel. Set the flight altitude on the autopilot. If your have chosen in FS options“Metric (altimeter in feet)” units (Options - Parameters - International then “Metric (altimeter in feet)”), the A320 PIC Autopilot altitude will be in feet. If you change the option to “Metric (altimeter in meters)”, the displayed figures on the A320 PIC Autopilot will not change, but they will mean meters. Usually feet are more convenient, as the ATC will be talking in feet. Check fuel requirements > Go to MCDU. For fuel consumption purposes, a Flight level must be entered on the INIT first page. • Click on INIT - Then “Next Page”. In front of “TRIP/TIME” you can read the “number of tons of fuel for the flight”/”the number of minutes” for the flight. The fuel consumption seems to be much greater than the one given by the FS flight organiser, which probably assumes lower consumption rates for the A320. Take-off Click on the “Engine and Warning” display screen to see the Engine and Warning display detached window. We can see the position of the trust levers on this "Engine and Warning" display (option by default in the A320 PIC setup), which is activated by the slider of your joystick. As the trust levers pass to the position CL, FLX, etc, you can hear a clicking sound. Flaps: shortcuts are F7 for more flaps, F6 for less flaps. Flaps 2 is OK for taking-off. Push forward the slider of your joystick, until FLX appears on the "Engine and Warning" display detached window. When enough speed, rotate. • Push the auto-pilot button, AP1(keep a set heading or follow flight plan) or the shortcut “A”. This freezes both the heading and the vertical speed to the current values. In the setup window, the box “AP disconnection with stick” should be un-ticked, to have the AP quickly in operation. • Push the A/THR button (Automatic management of engine THRust) or the shortcut “T”. The autopilot being engaged (AP1 was pushed), Start flying away from the airport with a set heading. This is the value by default when taking-off, but it also corresponds to the Ctrl+[selected Key] command. When enough altitude is reached, click Shift+[selected Key]: this gives the control of the heading to the autopilot, which starts following the flight plan specified with the MCDU. In flight Automatic flight mode After take-off, you may start all the airbus automatisms so that the plane will automatically follow the speeds and altitudes as indicated on the flight plan (MCDU). On the top of PFD, the climb, cruise or descent modes (CLB, CRZ, DES) will be displayed. On the ND, little icons will be added on the path, especially little curved arrows indicating the calculated location of the Top of Climb (T/C) and Top of Descent (T/D). To activate all the airbus automatisms in the sim, there are shortcut keys (normally Shift+[selected Key]). Please note that the descent mode does not start automatically: when close to (T/D), select a lower altitude on FCU, then run the automatic altitude management (Shift+[selected Key]). For landing, you normally use the automatic landing (LOC+G/S), as commented hereafter. Therefore, a smooth flight is obtained using automatic flight modes (dots on the FCU, for speed, heading and vertical speed) until the plane is alined with the landing runway, then activating the automatic landing (LOC and G/S). Adjusting speed You can adjust the speed with “Ctrl [selected Key]” and turning the speed button (+ and -) (to go back to automatically managed speed it is “Shift [selected Key]”). FS simulation speed FS simulation speed should not be used, as the plane starts moving erratically after some time. FS map You can use the FS map to move the plane closer to the arrival airport if wished so. However, you then may need to amend your MCDU flight plan, to be in accordance with the new position of the plane. Changing Flight Plan It is easy, in flight, to change the flight plan using the MCDU, for instance: - to erase a waypoint, click on the CLR button, and then click on the waypoint button. - to go directly to a waypoint, click on the DIR button, then either click on a waypoint button (if the waypoint is already recorded in the flight plan) or type the name of the waypoint (using the MCDU keys). - clicking on a given waypoint, you may also define the name of the next waypoint to be considered after this one, using the NEXT WPT button. Landing Approaching > Go to MCDU. • Click on the button corresponding to the airport (e.g. button to the left of LFPG). • Select the landing runway (as instructed by ATC). Now the ILS frequency is known by the plane, and this frequency will be used to guide the plane automatically to the runway. • Push “Perf” button - Activate APPR PHASE - Confirm *APPR PHASE. The MCDU now displays the Approach phase parameters. Flashing violet diamonds appear on the PFD (Primary Flight Display, in Airbus language), when the plane feels the ILS beam, at about 15 NM from the airport (whatever you do). • Push the LOC button on front panel: "*LOC" is displayed on the PFD. The plane goes on with the current navigation parameters, either a set heading (you may change the heading manualy while in *LOC configuration), or following the flight plan. You drive the plane so as to cross the ILS beam. As soon as the plane encounters the ILS beam, it will automatically align with the beam and "LOC" will be displayed on the PFD. Nota : sometimes the LOC "diamonds" display on PFD disappears. Going to MCDU and changing the landing runway (ex 14L to 14R, then 14R to 14L) or, also in the MCDU, entering DIR [Arrival airport code] makes it reappear. Push the APPR button: *G/S (Glide Slope) is displayed, meaning that the plane is searching for the glide slope. As soon as he has found the glide slope, the plane automatically goes down along the glide slope, and "G/S" is displayed. Flaps and speed The correct landing speeds are indicated on the MCDU “PERF” page: Vapp is the final approach speed, which is automatically recalculated for each flag position; S corresponds to Flap 1; F corresponds to Flap 2. Whatever the plane configuration, either Taking-off or Landing, the plane will stall with Flap 1 if speed is less than S, and the plane will stall with Flap 2 if speed is less than F. S and F also appear on the PFD speed scale, when Flaps 1 and 2 are activated, so that you do not have to look at the speed figures on the MCDU. If the speed is too high, have the landing gear down, or extend the spoilers (the shortcut to extend the spoilers is R, to retract the spoilers it is E). I found the Landing perfect with "Flap Full" and speed to Vapp (as calculated by the MCDU with Flap Full). The Landing is very sensitive to excess of speed: if the speed is a little higher, the plane may crash (at least in the sim). With Vapp + 5 kts the plane crashes at landing, although with Vapp-10 kts the landing is still OK. In order to stop the plane on the runway, and not to go beyond the end of the runway, apply: Ground spoiler armed Autobrakes : medium The plane lands and normally stop automatically on the runway. Only remove the autopilot (push “A”) when touching the ground, because if “A” remains engaged the plane will start turning as soon as it touches the ground, as if the plane was in the air. Disappearing ILS Sometimes, after a long flight, the ILS Loc and Glide slope were not any more visible on the PFD. I updated FSUIPC (the well known standard interface between FS and the add-ons) and the ILS was never lost again. My new version (I use FS2004) is FSUIPC 3.85, as downloaded on "http://www.schiratti.com/dowson.html". Stalling plane Sometimes during the landing phase, the automatically managed speed become to low, so that the plane stalls. You can hear the warning voice "stall ! stall !". I doubt that this would happen in the real plane, but in the sim you can disconnect the autopilot, lower the nose of the plane a bit while waiting for the warning to stop, then re-engage the autopilot, and everything will be back to normal. Take Off Go Around (TOGA) If at any time during the approach phase, you push the throttles to the TOGA position (Take Off Go Around), for instance if this is required by the ATC, the MCDU will immediately display the GO AROUND mode parameters. To be free to pilot the plane manually, you should also disengage both the “Appr” and the “AP” button. The landing automatic tools will not be available anymore after TOGA (no ILS violet diamonds, no automatic catching of the LOC or G/S, etc). You must therefore imperatively find a way to go out of this GO AROUND mode to be able to land again. One possibility (in the sim at least) is: • Push the MCDU menu button - FMGC - enter a flight level (e.g. FL100). Pushing the PERF button, we can now see that the plane is back in CRZ (Cruise) mode again and we are free to use the flight plan or to go to the Approach mode for a safe landing. Bests, Philippe
  6. Hello ! I have finally found a way to start the PIC320 with my FS2004 configuration: I create a flight with any other plane, then I use "Plane - change" in the FS menu, to change the first plane into the PIC320. This is obviously not uncommon with elaborate plane add-ons (like the old PSS Airbuses), but it must be considered that the procedure was not at all suggested in the brochure included with the CD. Best regards, Philippe
  7. Hello ! I cannot start PIC320 in FS2004. Details of the problem I had bought the Aerosoft boxed version Version 3.1 of A320 Pilot in Command, maybe one year ago, and I am now coming back to it, to start the add-on. The installation runs smoothly, no strange message pops-up. FS2004 starts OK. In "create a flight "in FS2004, I select the aircraft "Airbus - A320 Pilot in command", and I push the button to start flying. At this time, FS2004 gets blocked and does not answer anymore. I need to make a "Power off" of my computer to stop it. Miscellaneous complementary information I use Windows XP Home. All other planes are flying OK. Installing the "FS2004 patch" from the Wilco website does not change anything for the starting-up problem. Stopping my Anti-virus changes nothing. I have of course un-installed the add-on and re-installed it, with no change. I cannot find any post, on Aerosoft forum or Wilco forum, relating to this. Thanks in advance, Philippe
  8. Hello Cheyenne pilots :wink: ! Need for a Flight Simulator type GPS I understand that the look of the Cheyenne panel, as provided by the sim product, is rather old style, to faithfully reflect the date of creation of the plane. The provided default GPS is therefore rather primitive and does not include any map showing where we are, in particular it does not show the position of the plane relative to the runway, when approaching. With the default GPS, in conditions of zero visibility, we need to maintain a navigation map, at least mentally, taking into account our previous moves, to get the necessary estimation of our position. Digital Aviation suggestion The Digital Aviation website suggests to install a weather radar Reality WX500 onto the Cheyenne panel. This can be done, but some simmers may find it even more useful to install a FS9 GPS display instead, providing a map to visualize the position of the plane. Several posts in this forum and in the DA forum are related to this issue. The installation procedure is provided thereafter. FS9 GPS installation procedure Hans Hartmann, in the Digital Aviation website [ www.digital-aviation.de ], kindly lets us download a PA31T_WX500.zip file (attached to this post). Unzip this PA31T_WX500.zip file into any of your directories. You get a full set of alternative panel.cfg files with the weather radar, for all types of Cheyenne. Back-up the existing panel.cfg file that you wish to replace with the alternative panel.cfg file. For example, you may wish to replace the panel.cfg file contained in the directory: C:Program FilesMicrosoft GamesFlight Simulator 9AircraftDigital Aviation PA31T Cheyenne IIpanel.ifrvfr Replace the default panel.cfg file, installed by the standard package, by the alternative panel.cfg file, just unzipped. Nota : At this stage, if you had previously bought the Reality XP WX500 weather radar [ from http://www.reality-xp.com/products/WX5/index.htm ], the radar is now installed on the panel of your Cheyenne (after unselecting "Show Radar 3D objects in VC" as detailed below). If you prefer to install an FS9 GPS instead, replace everywhere inside the alternative panel.cfg file the string RealityXP_WX500!RDR by the string fs9gps!gps_500. For example, you replace: gauge67=RealityXP_WX500!RDR,868,1698,544,350 by gauge67= fs9gps!gps_500,868,1698,544,350 In the Cheyenne configuration window (Shift 7), you need to unselect "Show Radar 3D objects in VC". Otherwise the GPS won't be visible in the Virtual Cockpit. Now you have successfully installed the Garmin 500 GPS, with all control buttons working (as shown on attached screenshot). It appears on Copilot, Virtual Cockpit panel views and also using Shift 6. You may still use the default GPS, but, when needed, you can have a look at the FS9 GPS map, to check where you are. Bests, Philippe R.
  9. Hello happy Cheyenne pilots ! I would like to share a few practical operating remarks, for functions for which I have hesitated while learning how to use the plane: Engine starting up Just after the starting up sequence, when the engines are running steadily, push the "Auto ignition/Manual" and "Starter/Generator" overhead switches into "Auto ignition" and "Generator" modes. For the "Generator" mode, right-click twice on the switch, because there is an intermediate position. If the "Generator" mode is not switched on, the electric power only comes out of the batteries, which are quickly emptied, so that electric devices will suddenly and very unpleasantly shut down during the flight. Inverted power switch When starting up from "cold and dark", push the "inverted power" switch to have the gyro working. This transforms the direct current coming out of the generators into the alternative current used by the gyro. The switch is located at the down-left of the captain's view. Avionics master switch When starting from "cold and dark", click on the "Avionics master switch" to put it in "on" position. This starts all avionics instruments. The switch is located in the copilot view, and can also be accessed through Shift 6. Transponder When starting from "cold and dark", set the transponder mode to "on", later on push the numeric keys underneath, to enter the transponder number as requested by the ATC. If not, the ATC will keep on telling you that your transponder number is not OK, and will finally stop the IFR service. Navigation frequency selector "Nav" As said in the manual, we have to move the set frequency out of the ILS frequency range (ILS frequencies are between 108.10 and 111.95 and decimal part starts with an odd digit) in order to switch from "VOR/ILS" to "GPS" source, i.e. flight plan, for navigation information. Brakes When taxying with this plane, for sharp turns, it seems especially efficient to use the F11 and F12 keys, to brake either with the left or the right wheel only. Landing Whatever elaborate approach tactics you carried out before, check that the "GS CPLD" sign is displayed as you think you are going down the glideslope. If not, the GS is not coupled in reality, and the plane will not automatically reduce its altitude down to the runway level, resulting in eventually missing the runway. Bests, Philippe
  10. Bonjour Quentin, Ce qui est compris par "propeller lever" full ahead, est en fait la position "drapeau" (feathered) de l'hélice, c'est à dire le levier au maximum vers soi. On démarre avec : - Gas = 0 - Propeller lever = Feathered (vers soi) - Condition lever = 0 Une fois qu'on a 10% de la vitesse de la turbine, on pousse le "Condition lever" au maximum (le plus loin de soi), et l'hélice se met à tourner. Cordialement, Philippe
  11. Hello Ianzee, To activate the ILS function: - On the Autopilot panel, select ILS course and frequency, - Open the EFIS panel (shift 7), - Select "Vor/Loc" as source for the navigation data, on the EFIS panel, - At this time you can see the ILS arrows on the Navigation Display - Select "Approach" on the Autopilot panel, - The ATR starts aligning itself with the ILS course, then it follows the glide slope when arriving on the glide slope. You only need to adjust the speed manually (110 kt in final phase). - Quit the autopilot when the ATR is a few meters from the runway and raise the nose a little for the final round-up (which is manual for this plane). Bests, Philippe
  12. Good day Mathijs, Many thanks for your encouraging answer. I will happily send a wish for one or your products to info@aerosoft-shop.com. Bests, Philippe Renard
  13. Hello ! One new feature brought to FlightSim Commander by patches n°1 and 2 is the possibility to use NATracks and Pacots. I found those functionnalities no enough documented for my needs. I apologize to brillant users who will find it unuseful, but I would like to report in this forum what I have found: NATrack : North Atlantic Tracks Pacot : Pacific tracks. Both NATrack and Pacot are standard airplane tracks for planes to cross the Atlantic or the Pacific. Screenshots below illustrate how to use these features: You first select "Download NATracks". You arrive in the NATrack and Pacot website. You click on the NATrack button on the page. The difficult step is to understand that you must load into the FSC/Database directory the htm file corresponding to this NATrack or Pacot web page. Finally, you select "Show routes" and look at the FSC map, over the Atlantic ocean. You can see the tracks, and use the beacons into your flightplans. Bests, Philippe Renard
  14. Hello! Flight Sim Commander 7 has enjoyed the addition of patches (patches n°1 and 2) which bring new functions into this wonderful add-on. Unfortunately, I found those functions not enough documented for being able to use them correctly. Wiser users will believe this is a complete waste of time, but I would like to report into my favourite forum (this one) what I have discovered: IVAO is short for International Virtual Aviation Organization and their website is http://www.ivao.aero/hq/ VATSIM is short for Virtual Air Traffic flight SIMulation network and their website is http://www.vatsim.net/ Both IVAO and VATSIM are associations of simmers who may either be in charge of an ATC device (say a control tower in an airport) or be a pilot. FSC 7.72 can now download the list and position of ATC devices which are currently active (i.e. taken care of by a simmer registered in IVAO or VATSIM) and the airplanes currently using IVAO or VATSIM. As shown in the attached screencopies, you should first download the data from IVAO or VATSIM, them you can display, on the FSC map, the position of the active air controllers and aircrafts. Controllers and aircrafts will not change or move, on the FSC map, until you download again the IVAO or VATSIM data (so that those aircrafts are called static aircrafts). Display settings allow you to choose what characteristics of the controllers or the aircrafts you wish to display.
  15. Hello SAF, Yes indeed. They say that we can start from an stardard airplane (supplied in the FDC package) close enough from the one we wish to use (let us say here the Baron 58 ) and then we customise all messages. For the time being, not having much choice, I will just do this. Thanks, Bests, Philippe Renard
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