Bruspotter
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A Few Questions Regarding Flight Simulator X

Sun Apr 27, 2008 8:24 am

I recently installed FSX and have a few questions which I hope someone will help me with.

1) How do I engage autopilot on the 747-400 and the A321? I just cannot seem to get it switched on.

2) How do I set up an automatic landing (eg in poor visibility?).

3) Where can I get downloads of other aircraft, and what aircraft are available?

4) How do I display GPS electronic map during flight?

Thanks for any answers you can provide.
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RE: A Few Questions Regarding Flight Simulator X

Sun Apr 27, 2008 8:53 am

1) Press Z to engage it. But you need to use other modes in order for it to do anything useful. FS usually has some good tutorials included that provide a good explanation of how the generic autopilot works.

2) FSX can not do automatic landings for you - its default included planes do not possess such features, only advanced addons do. They will follow a glideslope however.

What you do: (with autopilot on)

Assuming the runway ILS is 109.50mhz and the runway has a heading of 273 degrees, you will have 109.50mhz tuned as VOR1. At about 18Nm DME from the airport, fly part of the base leg, then turn a intercept heading of say 313 degrees at a normal handling speed of say 210kts, or maybe 190kts.

You should be settled at something like 2000ft (or whatever you've been told to level out at). This you can have in the ALT HOLD. Have the TRK HEADING (or whatever it is called in FS default planes) set to 313. Have the COURSE selector set to 273. Press the APPROACH button on the panel.

When the plane intercepts the glideslope and localiser, ALT HOLD will switch off, and the plane will turn itself to the runway. Slow down to the reference speed for your plane. Let the plane fly itself down to about 1Nm from the runway. When it gets there, switch off the autopilot and the auto-throttle and take over control yourself, maintaining the correct speed and watching your pitch attitude.

Don't make last minute pitch adjustments to correct your vertical speeds. Tricky last minute descents are a recipe for accidents. If you need to descend a bit more, reduce power a bit. If you need to level out a bit more, add a bit more power.

If your plane was giving altitude callouts such as 50, 40, 30, 20, 15, 10, then they should ideally be at about 1 second intervals. That's my method.

3) Other aircraft: Avsim.com is a good source of other aircraft to download. Check their forums for a lot of information.

4) There should be a little satellite dish symbol on the panel.

NOTES:
DME = distance measuring equipment (NOT Moscow - Domodedovo airport!)
TRK = track

[Edited 2008-04-27 02:08:37]

[Edited 2008-04-27 02:10:47]
 
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RE: A Few Questions Regarding Flight Simulator X

Sun Apr 27, 2008 9:02 am

Thanks for the info, all the way from down under  Smile
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RE: A Few Questions Regarding Flight Simulator X

Sun Apr 27, 2008 9:29 am



Quoting Bruspotter (Thread starter):
1) How do I engage autopilot on the 747-400 and the A321? I just cannot seem to get it switched on.

You need to turn on the autopilot master switch, select a heading, speed and altitude (or vertical speed) and turn them on. All the autopilot switches are located on the upper part of the instrument panel.

Quoting Bruspotter (Thread starter):
2) How do I set up an automatic landing (eg in poor visibility?).

I'm not sure if they have autoland in FSX, but for an ILS approach you need to do the following:

1) Find out the airports runway ILS information such as course and frequency, for example if RWY 18 has a heading of 183 you and a frequency of 111.50 you need to enter a 183 in the course selector, 111.50 in the NAV1 of your radio panel. To intercept an ILS, you want to fly at about 30 degrees into it (so for 183 you want a heading of say 215 or 155 depending on what direction you're coming in from). A good altitude would be about 2000-3000 ft ASL depending on terrain. Make sure you select the course switch on the autopilot and turn the NAV/GPS switch to NAV.

Quoting Bruspotter (Thread starter):
3) Where can I get downloads of other aircraft, and what aircraft are available?

www.avsim.com

Quoting Bruspotter (Thread starter):
4) How do I display GPS electronic map during flight?

Press the little satellite on your instrument panel.

FSX should have a tutorial on how to use the autopilot, I strongly suggest you watch it to get an understanding of how the autopilot and FS works.
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RE: A Few Questions Regarding Flight Simulator X

Tue Apr 29, 2008 1:27 pm

Hope this isn't considered hijacking a thread but....

Can anyone help?

How do I turn on the cabin lights? Whenever I do a flight on any a/c in FSX the cabin lights are off.

Also the logo lights do not show up on the tail.

On the B737 the right ailerons are deployed on the way to the runway and I crash on every takeoff. What have I done wrong?

Cheers for any assistence.
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RE: A Few Questions Regarding Flight Simulator X

Tue Apr 29, 2008 6:14 pm



Quoting Babybus (Reply 4):
How do I turn on the cabin lights? Whenever I do a flight on any a/c in FSX the cabin lights are off.

Also the logo lights do not show up on the tail.

Hit L - that turns on ALL lights.



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RE: A Few Questions Regarding Flight Simulator X

Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:32 pm

In response to your third question, avsim.com, flythemaddog.com, pmdg.co, and simviation.com have good downloads. You have to pay for PMDG, though.
The Learning Center and fsinsider.com should have answers to most of your other questions. Hope this helps.
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RE: A Few Questions Regarding Flight Simulator X

Wed Apr 30, 2008 5:43 am

Quoting Babybus (Reply 4):
On the B737 the right ailerons are deployed on the way to the runway and I crash on every takeoff. What have I done wrong?
Press the number 5 on your number keypad and it should center all your control surfaces. (Number 2 is pitch up, number 8 is pitch down, number 4 is roll/bank left and number 6 is roll/bank right).

Another quick fix is to buy a good joystick, just make sure it's properly calibrated before you fly.

[Edited 2008-04-29 22:44:22]
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RE: A Few Questions Regarding Flight Simulator X

Wed Apr 30, 2008 7:12 am



Quoting YEGspotter (Reply 5):
Hit L - that turns on ALL lights.

I tried that and it didn't work. Only the landing lights/panel lights/ strobes/ navs turn on and off by pressing L.

I suspected the joystick had a problem but it flies ok in prop planes and the CRJ jet. It only has a problem with the 737 and A320.

cheers for the suggestions though.
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RE: A Few Questions Regarding Flight Simulator X

Wed Apr 30, 2008 4:11 pm



Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 7):
Press the number 5 on your number keypad and it should center all your control surfaces. (Number 2 is pitch up, number 8 is pitch down, number 4 is roll/bank left and number 6 is roll/bank right).

Making sure that Num-lock is off, of course, otherwise you'll just change your view.  Smile
 
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RE: A Few Questions Regarding Flight Simulator X

Wed Apr 30, 2008 7:05 pm



Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 3):
Press the little satellite on your instrument panel.

There is also a shortcut key to this: Shift-3
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RE: A Few Questions Regarding Flight Simulator X

Thu May 01, 2008 6:12 am



Quoting Babybus (Reply 8):
I tried that and it didn't work. Only the landing lights/panel lights/ strobes/ navs turn on and off by pressing L.

What aircraft are you using? FSX default or add-on aircraft? Some aircraft (either default or add-on) don't have cabin or tail logo lights.

Quoting Babybus (Reply 8):
I suspected the joystick had a problem but it flies ok in prop planes and the CRJ jet. It only has a problem with the 737 and A320.

Double check the calibration on the joystick and sensitivities of the aircraft controls.

Quoting David L (Reply 9):
Making sure that Num-lock is off, of course, otherwise you'll just change your view.

Was waiting for someone to mention that ...  Silly

Quoting 787seattle (Reply 10):
There is also a shortcut key to this: Shift-3

I didn't know that. Is that just FSX or the other FS as well?
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RE: A Few Questions Regarding Flight Simulator X

Thu May 01, 2008 9:26 am



Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 11):
Quoting 787seattle (Reply 10):
There is also a shortcut key to this: Shift-3

I didn't know that. Is that just FSX or the other FS as well?

It was there in previous versions, too. I can't say I ever use it though as I've re-assigned some key-presses to do other things so I use mouse-clicks where possible to avoid surprises.
 
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RE: A Few Questions Regarding Flight Simulator X

Fri May 02, 2008 6:53 am



Quoting David L (Reply 12):
It was there in previous versions, too.

I'll have to try that out on FS9 sometime. Thanks for the tip  Smile
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RE: A Few Questions Regarding Flight Simulator X

Sat May 03, 2008 3:45 am



Quoting Babybus (Reply 4):
How do I turn on the cabin lights? Whenever I do a flight on any a/c in FSX the cabin lights are off.

I presume you're flying at night, else you won't be able to see any difference. I think the cabin lights might be slaved to the panel lights, if not, they prob just go on when it's dark. I'll try it out sometime.
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