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I just checked out Bill's new vesion of his wonderful ERJ panel. I love the new sounds he has included! I'm using it with Mike Stones GMAX ERJ-145 and I cannot seem to get the strobe lights to operate independently with this updated panel. I cannot turn them off using the switch on the overhead and hitting 'O' does not work either. I'm sure there is something that can be added to either the Aircraft or Panel .cfg that will correct this. Thanks for any help!Eric

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Eric,I too checked out the new version of this panel and the only problem I seem to have with it is the sound. It's as though the APU noise is drowning out everything else. I can't even here the engines spool up when starting. Have I done something wrong? Overall the engines just seem way too quiet, even during flight. I thought the older sound package was better in that respect. (Sorry, I don't have answer concerning the light problem). Thanks!Mike

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Mike-The sound is actually pretty realistic. You can't really hear the engines inside the cockpit on the actual airplane. The cockpit in the EMB-145 is known to be pretty noisy as far as the wind sound goes.I know what you mean though.... it's nice to have the engine sounds cranked up on the sim sometimes!

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>something wrong? Overall the engines just seem way too >quiet, even during flight. Kevin Au who flies ERJ-145 every day claims that this is how it is in reality - you barely hear engines sounds from the cabin. And he means - barely.Michael J.

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But with the new sound package it's very quiet even in spot view.Also, I had some problems with the TCAS: At first, when parked on the ground, some targets showed up, but then I didn't see any for the whole flight. Any ideas? (The flight was KEWR-KIAD, and there was lots of traffic around.)Martin767 fetishistIt's a lot like life and that's what's appealing

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Lights. That is not a panel issue. Your problem with the strobe lights lies within the aircraft.cfg file. On many of Stone's aircraft, the type field for the various lights are incorrect. Strobes being classed as beacons, etc. Therefore, a strobe switch on a panel or keystroke will not have the proper effect. You will need to edit the lights section in the aircraft.cfg for proper function. I had posted instructions on merging and correcting the Mike Stone Gmax ERJ for use with our panel over in FSNordic back when his ERJ first came out. You can do a search for that over at that site's forums.Sounds. My suggestion for the outside volume would be to adjust the volume knob on your speaker to levels which you feel is appropriate when in spot view. I honestly have no clue how the real one sounds like while floating next to it in flight. I do know that when standing next to one with engines running up on the ground, it is loud enough that no pc speaker can emulate. I also know that when one flies by in flight, it is one of the quietest jets I have ever heard. As for the interior sounds, the APU is actually quite loud on the ERJs, louder than an engine at idle. Loud enough that OSHA made an issue of it once. Even the muffler equipped aircraft are only slightly better. While on the ground sitting at the gate or taxiing around, your only impression of noise in the cockpit should be that of the APU and the sound of the air conditioning. Once airborne and the APU is shutdown, you will have the wind noise to keep you company. The wind file was taking from a cockpit recording and the hollow rasping sound it makes is quite accurate. It sounded to me like the same sound file they play for us in the Level D sim.TCAS. Only idea as to why you are not seeing all the aircraft that you think you ought to see is that when one aircraft has penetrated close enough to be a TA or RA, the TCAS will only showing that threat, hiding all other traffic around you.

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I too have the same problem, if indeed it is a problem. Having no experience with the sounds of the ERJ-145, I have no reference point. But to have them barely audible, inside and out of the aircraft does not seem acceptable, even if realistic. Why should we have to adjust our volume to blasting to hear these sounds? It renders the sound settings and adjustments somewhat irrelevant if decibals are not of a sufficient level in the first place to adjust. They may be realistic according to some posts here, but I sure would like to be able to hear and enjoy them properly with this wonderful panel.Grant

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I love this panel to. But I have a differant problem is there a trick to get the autothrottle to work? I can get all the other auto pilot functions to work. I read the doc's even had them up on the second monitor while flying. I checked the aircraft.cfg and it is listed there.:-zhelp thanks Keith:-beerchug

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>TCAS. Only idea as to why you are not seeing all the >aircraft that you think you ought to see is that when one >aircraft has penetrated close enough to be a TA or RA, the >TCAS will only showing that threat, hiding all other traffic >around you.This was not the case though. But I only did one flight - I will try another and see if I have any problems.Martin767 fetishistIt's a lot like life and that's what's appealing

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Hey,I don't think the ERJ has an autothrottle as Boeing aircraft do. The SPD selection on the autopilot refers to a climb mode (the autopilot modifies pitch to maintain the set airspeed). You need to control the throttle manually. On the ERJ-135, I find a setting of a little over 77% N1 gives a good cruise speed at FL310. Pay attention to the N1 settings for given phases of flight, and you'll soon get the hang of it.Man, I love this plane and panel. It's really a pleasure to fly.Okay, now I'll add a question of my own: when you're descending and you're given a new altitude, you set the new altitude, and then you have to cycle the VS (if that's the mode you're descending in) in order for the autopilot to register the new altitude -- otherwise it levels off at the previously set altitude. On the old version, this was no problem. Just click VS twice, and the aircraft continues at its current vertical speed. On the new version, however, VS reverts back to -600 fpm, even if you cycle the VS when you're descending at -2000 fpm. So you have to quickly set the VS from -600 back to -2000, causing a big baloon in your descent rate. Anybody know the correct way to enter a new target altitude?Thanks!Greghttp://www3.sympatico.ca/gregory.moffatt/Bell_Dusk.jpg

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Hmmm...that might be something to look at regarding that 600fpm thing. I'll have to get back to you on that.

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Looked everywhere on FSNordic and still cannot find instructions for merging Bill's panel to Mike Stones model, all I can find is a reference to it.Wondered if you could repost the instructions here please,Phil

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>TCAS. Only idea as to why you are not seeing all the >aircraft that you think you ought to see is that when one >aircraft has penetrated close enough to be a TA or RA, the >TCAS will only showing that threat, hiding all other traffic >around you. I haven't got around to trying out the TCAS yet -- but does it work when flying online ?Barry

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Greg,When you first punch the VS button, the FCP sets the current vertical speed initially . If you are in level flight, it first puts in the value of 600 fpm to get you going. Then it adjusts.Bill

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Eric, You are not going to hear the engine in the ERJ.It's mostly wind noise and comm noise.Iam not a ERJ pilot, this is just what I have learned from talking to people who are.The sound setup provided for this package is quite a good simulation of how it would be We have a few real ERJ pilots on the team to help Bill out with almost all areas of the ERJ right down to the sounds.In most planes you will not hear the engines from the cockpit at all.If you take your headphones off you will hear it alittle but not like you would if you where in a passenger seat of 737Richard Dillon KPDKSr First Officer www.jetstarairlines.com"Bill Grabowski's"ERJ-145 panel Beta TeamMD-11 panel Beta TeamPAI beta tester ____________________________"Lets Roll" 9/11 Specs AMD 1600 XP MSI KT 266t pro2 512MB DDR 2100GF3 ti 200 64MB SBliveCh Products Yoke and Pedals(usb)Windows 2000 Serivce Pack 3

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I want to sit in the cockpit then when I fly. Maybe I'll be able to get some sleep on my next flight. :-)

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I'd like to point out how much better the FPS seems to be with v2 as well. I haven't had a chance to do a real test comparing it to v1, but it seems like I've gotten a big boost with the upgrade. The plane flies a lot smoother now.That TCAS is something else as well... I flew around NYC metro, chasing down target after target, and each time TCAS gave me enough warning and clear guidance to get out of the way before a mid-air could occur. I like how it immediately changes the VSI to a nice red arc, terminated by a green area to indicate exactly where you need to point the nose to get out of the way.Now... about that MD-11 panel that's under development. . . :-)

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Bill, (or anybody else who might know),I have two questions which I can't find the answer for. One dates back to the old version of the panel, and one I have just discovered after the update.First of all, I am using Nick's ERJ-135 with the new 'rev' airfile and aircraft.cfg included in the update.I've checked the aircraft.cfg file to make sure that the NAV lights are correctly listed and designated (they are) so I must question the switch on the panel.The green and red wing nav lights do not turn on after I hit the nav lights switch on the upper panel. The strobe and beacons are fine, but the nav lights refuse to turn on. This also occurred to me in V1 of the panel, so I am at a loss as to a solution.Next, the FS2002 GPS doesn't pop up anymore over the MFD. I understand that the MFD now has the ability to display your flightplan, and that the MAP/PLAN button now toggles this... but the FS2002 GPS window is still included in the panel.cfg file. Is there a new button for popping this up, or is it only acccessible by doing a SHIFT-X key combination?Thanks for all the fine work... this is truly one of the best freeware offerings in all of flight simming!

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Hi Bill,First, thanks for the panel update. It's been one of my favorite aircraft since you first released it.Second, thanks for the reply. I flew another cycle just now, and tried to pay particular attention to the autopilot, my inputs, and its behaviour. After takeoff, I hit the VS button, and the autopilot climbs at the current climb rate, as we'd expect. Level at the top, I dial in 20000 and hit VS, resulting in an initial descent rate of -600, which I then dial down to -2000, just as you described above.However, as I pass through FL210, ATC clears me down to 9700. I dial in 9700 and click the VS button twice to cycle it, but the autopilot switches from my current -2000 fpm (by this time, maybe at FL205) to -600. Is it because the autopilot has entered an altitude acquisition mode that it thinks I'm level and puts -600 into the VS? Just wondering if this is the case with your setup, and if so, what your procedures are for entering a new altitude on the descent. If not, then could there be a problem with my setup?Actually, I have one other question for you while I have your attention. Are any de-icing equipment represented on the panel (besides the pitot heat)? I notice something about anti-ice on the takeoff page on the middle CRT -- the manual says it indicates engine anti-ice -- how do I turn it on? I might have missed it in the manual.Thanks a lot!Greghttp://www3.sympatico.ca/gregory.moffatt/ERJ.jpg

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Eko,The light thing has to do with the aircraft. The GPS is not longer part of the panel. The MAP/PLAN mode is not operational, and that was the button used for the GPS.Bill

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Greg,No functioning anti-ice except for pitot heat. Great personal logo you have there. :-)Bill

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Guy Jr,Ahhh... someone DID notice a frame rate improvement!I tried to apply some of the new "tricks" that I learned while working on the MD11 to the ERJ code as I was making other changes to it. It seems to be smoother to me also. Bill

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Bill, thanks for the response... but it was a bit cryptic. (I'm pretty slow to begin with... hehe.)How is it that the light problem has to do with the aircraft? The NAV lights switch on the panel should turn on the nav lights, right? If they are correctly setup as NAV lights in the aircraft.cfg file (I am using the aircraft.cfg file that was included in your package, not something else), how come the NAV lights switch isn't toggling them on, no matter what the aircraft is? These are FS2002 lights, which are independent of the model or AIR file, the light definitions are in the aircraft.cfg file, and they are correct.-----(LIGHTS) //Types: 1=beacon, 2=strobe, 3=navigation, 4=cockpit, 5=landinglight.0=3, -5.24, -32.69, 1.82, fx_navredm ,light.1=3, -5.24, 32.69, 1.82, fx_navgrem ,light.2=3, -41.84, 0.00, 15.37, fx_navwhi ,light.3=2, -5.36, -32.80, 1.80, fx_strobeh ,light.4=2, -5.36, 32.80, 1.80, fx_strobeh ,light.5=1, 11.30, 0.00, 7.56, fx_beaconb ,light.6=1, 4.24, 0.00, -1.21, fx_beaconb ,light.7=2, -41.84, 0.00, 15.37, fx_strobeh ,-----As you can see, the red and green nav lights are correctly specified as type "3" in the aircraft.cfg file.I placed the default Learjet panel in the Botamer ERJ-135 to test this, and the NAV lights switch on that panel turned on the nav lights on the plane. So it's not the plane or the aircraft.cfg setup. I must still cling to my conclusion that the NAV lights switch in your panel is not working correctly. If there is something else which I have not tried yet, (which could certainly be the case) I would really like to know.Also, thank for the clarification on the GPS. I think you said that the FS2002 GPS is no longer part of the panel (hence it not being toggled on anymore), and that it has been replaced with the new MAP/PLAN function built into your panel. Is this correct?So, the FS2002 GPS can now only be accessed by pressing the correct SHIFT-X combo, or installing my own toggle switch. (It's still there in the panel description, so might as well keep it around.) :-)Once again, thanks for the response, and I hope I can get this silly NAV lights business sorted out! :-)

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