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Still have no way of getting A/Ts to function correctly. I selected crz for EPR, then could not deselect it. If I press EPR, isn't it supposed to cancel the SPD button & vice versa?Also it seems If I have my throttle at idle whel I select the speed button, my lower left corner of the EHSI will read "IDLE". A/Ts only attempt to follow my speed if I have my joystick throttle at something other than idle when I engage the speed button. Pressing the speed button a million times for speed intervention seems to do nothing most times. I'd attach some pictures, but I am getting a "Script error" message every time I try to show them to you all. As you can bet, the A/T is engaged, & the SPD button is pressed, it says SPD on the bottom of my EHSI - yet the jet just blasts through my speed restriction (even if I press the SPD intervention knob inward). Is it because I can't deselect the EPR button?Also, pressing CTRL F12 seems to do nothing on the takeoff roll, even when the A/Ts are armed.Would love for this to work for me. I'm missing out on all the fun. :-(Chris Catalano

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Chris-We went through this with you on the 777 as well...Before the pilot flies the plane- the pilot must read the books.... ;-)Unfortunately I'm not in a position where I can instruct at the moment- but I assure you the system is working. It needs to be set up to function, however! That is why they put us through so much training to fly airplanes!Robert S. RandazzoPrecision Manuals Development Group http://www.precisionmanuals.com/images/coolcap.gifwww.precisionmanuals.com

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Interesting. So on 757 it is called EPR and on 767 it is called N1 ??I have learned something new.Michael J.

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Michael,Somebody should correct me if I am wrong, but I think it depends on the engine make you are using. If I am correct, GE uses N1 (and N2), PW uses EPR (and N1 and N2) and RR uses EPR (and N1, N2 and N3).Cheers,Henri

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Chris,It does work for me. This is what I do (out of the top of my head).While setting up the FMC be sure to set a value for the outside temperature. This seems to be important. I also enter values for v1, vr en v2. I select a flight plan and if available a SID. Check to see if there are altitude data for the waypoints. Before taking off I arm VNAV, the AT and the FD. Of course I have set the MCP altitude to the altitude I am allowed to reach. After take-off clearance I push the throttles forward until I reach EPR = 1.1, next I press the EPR button. Even though the light does not illuminate, the plane reacts by increasing thrust. After take-off the plane will properly take care of my speed and climb rate. At 1200 feet AGL I press LNAV and turn on the AP (LNAV can be armed on the ground already I think). Make sure you are on an intercept course to the planned flight path.Good luck.Henri

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Also don't forget to enter a cruise altitude in the FMC.Best regards,Henri

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We went through this with you on the 777 as well...Actually, again - of course I READ the manual - cover to cover. You seem to forget that the last time I had problems with a PMDG plane & the Autopilot, it turned out my joystick was too sensitive - when I replaced it, I stopped getting the constant random disengage of the A/P. So before you misunderdstand me, I am trying to figure out if it a hardware problem, a software problem, or something else. Last time it wasn't me at all. I have read the new manual. Seems to me that the A/T is not all that different than the 777. In fact, some helpful people have pointed out that there IS a bug w/ the SPD button - when VNAV is engaged, the speed button remains illuminated even when the VNAV buttons are active giving the illusion thatthe A/T speed mode is active. One needs to press the SPD button again to see if SPD shows up on the EHSI. Also, several people have pointed out another annoying bug - that of disengaging the VNAV button & being unable to reselect it. It seems that we get an error message that reads PERF/VNAV unavailable, & then we notice that no temperature exists in our FMC settings any more. We are all trying to learn this new bird. I would sure appreciate your patience. This is suppsed to be fun, right?ChrisPS - sorry if I sound annoyed. I'm just frustrated. You have been great with me. I'm sorry for my tone. I am just growing weary because last time, it turned out it wasn't my fauly at all. Answer me one question please - If I have no flight plan loaded, & I select flight director, dial in a speed on the A/T, select autotthrottle & press speed, shouldn't I be able to control the speed - even if there is no flight plan loaded. I just want to cruise around & play with the speed w/ the auto throttles engaged. Shouldn't this just be as easy as dialing in the speed & pressing the SPD button if the A/T is engaged? Sorry again for my tone. I was upset when I wrote this. I should remember this is supposed to be fun too. :-)Chris

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Thanks Henri as always. I am certian I have done these things. I seem to have the most trouble after I try to descend below 10000 ft. Also, I seem to have great trouble with the A/T if I have no flight plan loaded & want to just fly around for fun to learn the airplane's functions & see how it handles. The A/T controls seem to have a mind of their own. They seem to sork only randomly for me, even if I have SPD appear on my EHSI & press the speed intervention knob inward. I am feeling very discouraged at this point. Thanks for your constant help. Flight sim is one of the real pleasures I enjoy, & it makes me sad when I can't escape my problems for an hour or so & have fun. Am I asking for too much? I'm sure you understand!Thanks Henri!Stay well,Chris Catalano

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Chris, if you still have this problem say 10 hours from now, I will be then at home and can grab this other product which I call a "reference" and give you a few quick procedures to work with the A/T. I recall I went through this exercise once (with this other product) and everything worked per my expectation. You do not need FMC, flight plan or even autopilot engaged to test the basic functionality of the A/T. Michael J.

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Chris,Here is a basic excercise to try out the A/T system. Load a basic short flight plan say SFO to SJC or something short. Don't need any additional waypoints, just ensure that you enter a cruise altitude of say 10,000ft and fill out all of the pages til the preflight complete msg appears. Take the runway and dial in Runway Heading in the HDG SEL window. Turn on the F/D and A/T switches and depress the EPR button. Ensure that EPR annunciates on EADI and Throttles advance to T/O thrust. After lift-off at around 400' radio altitude depress the SPD button (not the speed dial) and veritfy that SPD is annunciated in the A/T mode area of the EADI. A/T system will now keep your throttles at an appropriate level to maintain whatever speed is dialed into the window. The Speed Intervene function is only active when VNAV is active and depressing the Speed Selector may be confusing the A/T system if VNAV is not the active mode. I did use it today during a flight in VNAV and it worked properly so know that it works. Only depress the Speed selector when in VNAV and when you need to slow the A/C down for say for turbulence penetration without dropping out of VNAV.I have played around with this quite a bit and found that in VNAV, the FMC is always trying to maintain whatever speed contraint is in the flightplan for the current leg (usually 315 by default) so you may have to assign a speed contraint if you want it to slow down. FL CH mode does a good job of flying to the Speed selected in the window if you prefer to use that when chagning altitudes.There is a bug with the SPD and EPR light not working exactly right but the mode display on the EADI is exactly as it looks in the Real Thing so fly by the EADI and ignore the SPD and EPR buttons until it is resolved. Good LuckPaul:-cool

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Dear Michael & Paul - Thank you both so much - I'll let you know. At this point I want to just check the functionality of the Autothrottles.I'll let you know what I find.Sincerely,Chris CatalanoPS: here is a photo of last night's experiments - notice that SPD is listed on the EHSI, & the air speed indicator is well past the level of the value listed in the speed windoe on the MCP

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Michael & Paul:Well I tried your exercise Paul to a T - Guys - here's what I found:Flew a flight plan from Buffalo to BostonI initialized the FMC & got the message that read "prefilght complete message"I armed the A/T & pressed the EPR button.**********PLEASE NOTE: that at no time in the flight did I ever press VNAV on this particular flight. I just want to see if the A/T commands will obey me.*******As usual, everything during the takeoff roll worked perfectly. As you said, I armed the A/P at 400' radio alt.When I did this, the Speed button seemed to already be pressed suddenly, althought I did not press it. At this point I noticed that the EHSI said the following things on it: "F/D & CMD (lower right)(truthfully, I'm not sure what CMD stands for-couldn't find it in the manual- do you guys know?), Anyway, A/T & SPD were in the lower left (as expected). To my surprise, I noticed that V/S was also printed on the EHSI (& I noticed that the V/S window on the right glareshield read +350)! I couldn't disengage this! The A/T nover even came close to approaching my 250 knot restriction in the window! It just kept bleeding speed. Finally, the only way I could clear the V/S window was to press the Hold button for the altitude (it held at 5000ft since that was the altitude currently in the window).When I did this, the A/T disobeyed my wishes by blasting all the way through the 250 speed restriction all the way to the red line limit. At this point, used the speed brakes to slow down - & once again, it would continued to bleed speed until dangerously low. I MADE SURE to notice that SPD was still on my EHSI - it was. I still had a temperature reading on my FMC (13 degrees C)I tried several times to "reset the speed button" by turning it off & then back on to see what would happen (again, every time I did, I made sure to see if the SPD indicator was on the EHSI, & it was) & each time I would reset it would blast through the 250 kt limit in the window. Also, if I "reset" the switch with my joystick throttles at 0, then when I would rearm the SPD button, it would read "IDLE" on my EHSI (not sure if it is really supposed to read this way or not in such instances). When the button was reengaged, it would only continue to bleed speed slowly. The only thing I did that may not have been called for was ont 2 occasions, I hit the alt know inward to see if it would bring me to a new alt, & it did not. However, this should have no bearing on the A/T.Gentlemen, I really appreciate your input & your patience with my situation. Can either of you reccommend a really simple exercise or test I can perform to just test the basic functionality of the A/T? Any other suggestions would also be greatly appreciated (like, stick to the 777 - at least it worked nicely for me!. :-)I am really starting to wonder if maybe it is a hardware or software problem at this point. :-( Or maybe it is something really simple I have not thought of yet. I seem to be getting no where & am losing heart. Maybe if you can reccommedn a simple test, I can find out for sure if the A/T will work for me.Thank you both a GREAT DEAL for all your input. Sincerely,Chris Catalano

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Thanks Mike. If you read my post below, I think I need a basic exercise to try at this point. I'd sure appreciate your usual expertise at this point. You have been very helpful.Sincerely,Chris

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Chris,I hope you forgive me but I am used to N1 (instead of your EPR). Also when I often say green "A/T" below say "THR HLD" - in your case it may be the opposite - your green "A/T" may actually be above the annunciated autothrottle mode. I am using a Pegasus style PFD that displays the information in a slightly different format. I hope you can make this translation when reading what follows.What follows is based on the 767 aircraft which per my understanding is fully equivalent to 757 in the logic & operation of the AFDS.You do not need FMS for these tests. No need for "preflight". These are very basic modes, they are almost "atomic" in their simplicity. Make sure your joystick is not interfering with your A/T. This is a separate subject. I normally keep my throttle at idle when A/T is working though my product allows me to operate it as well. For simplicity of this test make sure it is only the A/T that is working and not the throttle on your controller.I won't be talking about flaps, gear, trim, etc - I do not want to clutter this discussion with this stuff - I assume you know how to handle those systems.When you first flip the A/T switch (arm the auto-throttle) to the upper position notice there is really NO indication on any of the screens that your A/T is armed. No green A/T on the PFD. It is weird but apparently this is how it works on real aircraft. However as soon as you disarm the A/T the annunicator panel and EICAS both will complain.Now, when ready for takeoff, press N1. Engines are reving up and you start rolling. Now the A/T is annunciated on the PFD with green N1 and A/T just below it. Half way through takeoff roll the green N1 becomes THR HLD (you can read somewhere else what it means). You rotate the aircraft and you are flying. For this test we won't engage the autopilot. You are flying fully manually. At this point you should be able to hit SPD button and the small lite in the button should illuminate. But before you do it make sure you have some reasonable speed dialed in the window, say 200 kts. As Paul said, do NOT use speed intervention button - it is only for VNAV - is useless for those tests. The mode on the PFD panel will now say green SPD with green A/T below it. Now you can experiment and see that A/T will indeed try to maintain this speed - if you lower the nose the throttle will retard, if you raise the nose the throttle will advance reacting to the changes in airspeed.If this works to your satisfaction lets do the whole takeoff again but this time we will engage CMD. When you are at least 1000 ft above ground hit the FLCH button and hit CMD. Again, make sure that you have something around 220 kts in your speed window (I suggest you fly "light" for these tests). Note that the vertical mode now changes to SPD and A/T mode changes to FL CH. Do not hit N1 button. When you finally reach the altitude which is dialed in the window A/T mode should change to SPD and SPD button should illuminate (and FLCH button will extinguish). And what if you DID hit N1 in the above test ??. Then A/T would automatically revert to the SPD mode and your vertical mode should display V/S. The vertical speed window would come to life and you could dial in whatever vertical speed you like. So there is a certain relation here: button pressed: V/S ----- forces A/T: SPD -- vertical mode annunciated: V/Sbutton pressed: FLCH ---- forces A/T: FL CH -- vertical mode annunciated: SPDIn the V/S mode the driving factor is the V/S and A/T will try to maintain the SPD selected. In the FLCH mode the driving factor is the SPD which is maintained by adjusting the pitch. Note that when you engage FLCH after takeoff your TO thrust mode should change to CLB automatically.Another important tip: when confused what state aircraft is in - always look at the PFD and read current A/T, vertical and horizontal modes. Do not rely on illuminated buttons.Michael J.

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Chris,I think I found what the cause of your problem is. I am not sure whether we are doing something wrong (quite likely I guess), but I had the same problems you had when just doing some "free" (i.e. non AP flying). I too had my speed go up to 315 KIAS, even though I only selected 230 knots for the A/T speed. Then I discovered that my speed bug still said 315 knots. The same is true for you (though your screen shot just does not show it). The speed bug would not react to my A/T speed setting. I could get my speed bug to react to my command by ... pressing VNAV. After that the A/T worked just fine. I made a perfect flight after that just using A/T.Let me know what you find. BTW, the A/T and AP modes are annunciated on the EADI, not on the EHSI as you refer to.Have fun.Henri

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Here is a screen shot of my setting. I had LNAV pressed in order to have the FD bars give me lateral guidance, however the AP was not switched on (no CMD message on EADI). All flying was done by hand. CMD means COMMAND, meaning that the aircraft is controlled by the Automatic Flight Control System (AutoPilot).Best regards,Henri

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Ok, I'll give it a go :-)>**********PLEASE NOTE: that at no time in the flight did I >ever press VNAV on this particular flight. I just want to >see if the A/T commands will obey me.******* cool>As usual, everything during the takeoff roll worked >perfectly. >As you said, I armed the A/P at 400' radio alt. In fact they said higher than 1000' !!! Are you sure you READ the manual right ?If the FD is on, then you'll have TO vertical and lateral modes engaged, and displayed on the PFD. Note that TO modes are assisted modes only on the 757/767, that is if you switch on the AP (CMD indicated on the PFD), the AP will engage in- VS / HDG HOLD if no VNAV / LNAV / FL CH mode armed / engaged- in the appropriate mode otherwise.>When I did this, the Speed button seemed to already be >pressed suddenly, althought I did not press it. This is normal behaviour : when the VS mode engages and the AT is in thrust lim mode, the AT SPD mode will engage.>point I noticed that the EHSI said the following things on >it: "F/D & CMD (lower right)(truthfully, I'm not sure what >CMD stands for-couldn't find it in the manual- do you guys >know?),See above : CMD means the AP flies the plane. >Anyway, A/T & SPD were in the lower left (as expected). To >my surprise, I noticed that V/S was also printed on the EHSI >(& I noticed that the V/S window on the right glareshield >read +350)! I couldn't disengage this! Fuly normal : as said above, as VNAV / FL CH modes not armed / engaged, the AP will engage the default modes VS / HDG HOLD. VS always engages at current vertical speed, hence the +350.Rule : you can only disengage a mode by engaging another mode. When you say I could not disengage VS, what vertical mode do you expect the AP to go into ????? To get put of VS, you have to go to ALT HOLD, FL CH or VNAV>The A/T nover even came close to approaching my 250 knot >restriction in the window! It just kept bleeding speed. Read on>Finally, the only way I could clear the V/S window was to >press the Hold button for the altitude (it held at 5000ft >since that was the altitude currently in the window). Chris, sorry for the wording, but what you write is nonsense. ALT HOLDwill hold at current altitude independently of what is in the ALT window. >When I did this, the A/T disobeyed my wishes by blasting all >the way through the 250 speed restriction all the way to the >red line limit. >At this point, used the speed brakes to slow down - & once >again, it would continued to bleed speed until dangerously >low. I MADE SURE to notice that SPD was still on my EHSI - >it was. I still had a temperature reading on my FMC (13 >degrees C) >I tried several times to "reset the speed button" by turning >it off & then back on to see what would happen (again, every >time I did, I made sure to see if the SPD indicator was on >the EHSI, & it was) & each time I would reset it would blast >through the 250 kt limit in the window. Also, if I "reset" >the switch with my joystick throttles at 0, then when I >would rearm the SPD button, it would read "IDLE" on my EHSI >(not sure if it is really supposed to read this way or not >in such instances). When the button was reengaged, it would >only continue to bleed speed slowly. If you want to turn off speed button, disarm the AT.>The only thing I did that may not have been called for was >ont 2 occasions, I hit the alt know inward to see if it >would bring me to a new alt, & it did not.dial target alt, press VS if not in VS mode, there you go, no need to press ALT knob> However, this >should have no bearing on the A/T. Right-O>>Gentlemen, I really appreciate your input & your patience >with my situation. Yes.>Can either of you reccommend a really simple exercise or >test I can perform to just test the basic functionality of >the A/T?Well, this is exactly what the 2 gents did.>I am really starting to wonder if maybe it is a hardware or >software problem at this point. :-( Or maybe it is >something really simple I have not thought of yet. I seem >to be getting no where & am losing heart. Maybe if you can >reccommedn a simple test, I can find out for sure if the A/T >will work for me. OK, now : copy the contents of the 757AT.txt file in the PMDG dir and paste here.anthonyAnthony MertonPrecision Manuals Developmenthttp://www.precisionmanuals.com

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A huge thank you for all of you for your patience with me. To my surprise, this has been so much harder to learn than the 777! (Is this normal?)I will spend several hours printing out & re-reading, re-re-reading & re-re-rereading your excellent & helpful posts. I will practice & see if I can learn this complicated birdie. I am glad to see that it is just me & my ignorance at this point & not a problem with my computer, or the hardware, & certainly not the software. I am learning a GREAT DEAL from all of you & I thank you endlessly for your assistance. I'll let you know how it goes.Again thank you. :-)Gratefully,Chris

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Dear Anthony (and all):Some breakthroughts tonight thatnks to you & your fine help, not to mention the great help of Mike & Paul:Some questions- I tried to see what was in the 757AT.txt file you mentioned & this is what was there:0.0050.0650.0001631.5Nothing more. Is this correct?Now for some comments & questions.I was able to clearly see the relationship between V/S & the autothrottle mode for the first time & it functioned exactly as you said - if a V/S was dialed in (or active), the auto throttles did everything they could to maintain the V/S regardless of the speed selected with the speed bug. Also, it was GREAT when doing a FLCH. It would ALWAYS try to capture my speed bug setting. Here's where I ran into problems however. Once it finally captured my altitude, (and after the HLD light illuminated as expected), the A/T seemed to not want to follow my speed bug any longer. As long as I was changing altitudes w/FLCH, it would be perfect, but once it captured my altitude, it seemd to not follow the speed bug any longer. I checked in those instances & saw that SPD was listed on the lower left of my EADI beneath the green A/T symbol. I feel like I am very close to getting this all figured out. ***********MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION OF THE NIGHT: *****************What do I have to press to get the A/T to respond to the speed bug when I am flying at a level altitude? BTW, for all my experimenting tonight, I decided to skip the use of VNAV for simplicity.Now for some other questions:1) In the 777 manual, there was a list or diagram of every possible listing that could appear on the PFD. Is ther a similar list somewhere in the manual for the possible green listings on the 757 EADI? If so where can I find it?2) Which classifications of green symbols appear on the lower left of the EADI, & which category do the ones on the lower right fall into (for example, T/O is on the left AND right during an EPR takeoff roll)?3) What does it mean in green when it says IDLE on the loer left of the EADI4) Finally: What does F/S stand for on the EADII cannot thank all of you enough for helping me to understand this stuff. I work really hard at it, but my tiny mind can only comprehend so much! :-) I am very grateful for all of you for your assistance!Very sincerely,Chris

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>***********MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION OF THE NIGHT: >***************** >What do I have to press to get the A/T to respond to the >speed bug when I am flying at a level altitude? Chris,Assuming that your 757 is functioning correctly you really don't have to do anything. Once the altitude is captured (and vertical mode becomes ALT HOLD) the A/T should switch automatically to the SPD mode regardless what your climb mode was before. The SPD button should then illuminate.Michael J.

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...the A/T should switch automatically to the SPD mode regardless what your climb mode was before. The SPD button should then illuminate...Which it does, for every other user ;-).Chris- I think you are still a bit confused regarding autopilot modes:The AutoPilot controls THREE DISTINCT and DIFFERENT things:a) the SPEED mode:( The LATERAL mode (Roll)c) The VERTICAL mode (Pitch)The AutoThrottle (Speed) is working INDEPENDENTLY of the other two controllers. That means that if you have a Speed selected, it tries to maintain that speed regardless of other stuff... so you can be flying the aircraft WITHOUT the A/P, but WITH the AutoThrottle.I hope this makes a little more sense...

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Actually, I really do understand this part of the concept from the 777. Howeer, based on my experiences last night described above, can you think of anything that I am doing incorrectly to get the A/T to function correctlywhen ALT Hold is working? I kept waiting for the speed bug to work once that happened, but as you read above, it only seemed to follow the speed bug when I was initiating a FLCH. Once the altitude was captured, it seemed to stop working again. :-(. I am SURE I must be doing something wrong - based on what I wrote above, can anyone figure out the last part of the puzzle? :-( I feel like I am really close to getting this. I know I don't need the A/P to be controling the Vetical & lateral modes to get the A/T to function. One quick question:As you stated above The AutoPilot controls THREE DISTINCT and DIFFERENT things: a) the SPEED mode :( The LATERAL mode (Roll) c) The VERTICAL mode (Pitch) The AutoThrottle (Speed) is working INDEPENDENTLY of the other two controllers. That means that if you have a Speed selected, it tries to maintain that speed regardless of other stuff... so you can be flying the aircraft WITHOUT the A/P, but WITH the AutoThrottle.If the A/P controls 3 modes (including speed), then how can it be thatone fly the aicraft without the A/P? You still need to engage it to to get the A/T to work don't you? This part does confuse me a little bit.Lastly, did anyone come up with a place that lists all the possible annunciations & their manings on the EADI, & which markings go on the lower left & which go on the lower right? Thanks a ton everyone.Sincerely,Chris

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>If the A/P controls 3 modes (including speed), then how can >it be that >one fly the aicraft without the A/P? You still need to >engage it to to get the A/T to work don't you? This part >does confuse me a little bit. Chris,You start confusing me with your questions ...A/P controls speed with the pitch, if you happen to be using the A/T as well then speed can be controled with the thrust as well.Return to my basic tests. Be careful with statement "engage A/T" since you may mean wrong things. A/T can be ARMED as the position of the switch indicates. Then A/P can "engage" it automatically based on vertical mode selected. Or if A/P is off a pilot can engage it - but only in the SPD mode. The other approach for you is to stop reading all these posts and simply play with the aircraft. You will learn much more by experimenting with all the modes. This is how I learned this panel - not by reading manuals.Michael J.

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INCREDIBLE NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I KNEW SOMETHING WAS SO VERY WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:-)I just kew it!!!!!!!!!!! It WAS NOT ME ALL ALONG!!!!!:-)Michael, I just reread your excellent post & tried the most basic test w/ the A/T - & it STILL didn't work!!!! I tried pointing the nose down, then up, all the while the A/T was armed. NOTHING HAPPENED!!!!!! THE A/T WOULD NOT RESPOND AT ALL - in fact it NEVER even changed the RPM of the engines whatsoever!!!I KNEW THIS WAS WRONG!!!! So, on a lark, I simply reinstalled the PMDG 757 - & it seems to work PERFECTLY now!!!!!!!!! :-) :-) :-) I have had hundreds of hours on the 777 & knew & was doing most things correctly with the 757. Then, when the A/T seemed to not respond at all...................... I KENEW something was so very wrong becaue I couldn't even get the most basic test to work at all!!!It seems to be perfect now!!!!!!!!!!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)Nonetheless, I did learn a lot from you all about the relationship between one mode & another (disengaging one & replacing it with another) Thank you all so much. I almost can't believe it after all we all tried to do!!! Thank you all soooooooooo much!!!!Most sincerely,ChrisPS: which order are the modes listed on on the EADI? the 777 listed them (from lest to right across the top) in this order: THR/ROLL/PITCHI guess these are listed fromtop to bottom on the 757? Which order are they in, & which are on the left & which are on the right?Thanks again!!!!

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Chris,You know, I thought about asking you to try re-installing a while back in this post but it never made it to the thread. Glad this finally worked for you. Well the good news is you should have a good understanding of the A/P and A/T system!As far as mode annunciation on the EADI goes here is how it goes.Left side upper has A/T displayed when A/T is active. Directly below it is the active A/T mode (SPD,EPR,FL CH) Directly below this is the A/P-F/D Pitch Mode (Active in Green, Armed is in White). On the right side, upper is F/D for Flight director on and CMD for A/P in Command. Lower Rt is for A/P-F/D Roll Mode (same as Pitch Mode Active Green, Armed White).Now Go have Fun.RegardsPaul

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