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fs2crew 737 pro edition troubleshooting

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I'm new user of this amazing product.I'm,usually fly PMDG 737-700 NG,and to start using the fs2crew i've read manuals again and again.But i have two problems,possibly cause mine error:1.At TO phase(IVAO B-VNAV),after first flaps retraction(via VNAN)i click A/P button on take off page,but FO doesn't engage autopilot(CMD A)!!and 2.at monitored approach, after passing control to FO,he extends speedbrakes,if speed is above VM0,but he doesn't engage autopilot A and then autopilot B (as described in tuttorial 3 for monitored approach),neither arm the APP mode.!!Keyboard assignments list checked.What i'm doing wrong?Please help.Basil.

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Hello Basil,Thank you for the kind words!1. Autopilot: Pls double check your keyboard assignments one more time. When you click the A/P button all FS2Crew does for the button is make the keypress that actives the autopilot.2. Monitored Approach: Try again, but this time make sure you pass control to the FO well before VMO (about maybe VMO + 35). Try that. Cheers,Bryan

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Thank you,Bryan for your reply.Just to confirm the keyboard assignment list that i have,assign for CMD L the A and for the CMD R TAB+A.For APP CTRL+A.Is that right?or else?(I have,recently,installed PMDG 747-400).Thanks again.Regards.Basil.

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Hello Basil,That's right.I don't own the 747, but make sure you have the latest 747 updates. From what I gather the 747 and the 737 were sharing the same keyboard.ini file, and I think PMDG was said to have corrected that.Bryan

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Bryan,i checked again Keyboard assignments,but the problem remains.FO can't engage A/P after TO.Any other suggestion?Thanks.Basil.

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Hello Basil,The FO literally makes the same key press you'd make to activate the autopilot. Can you activate the autpilot by pressing the 'A' key yourself on your keyboard?Did you check that you have all the latest 747 updates? Bryan

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Bryan,yes i can engage the A/P, myself pressing A on my keyboard.I have all the updates for 747.Possibly something wrong during pre TO phase?I have two questions:1.for ICAO B TO i must select both V and F or either,in departure brief page?and 2.when must press,after TO, the A/P in order the FO engage it?(i do it after pressing FLAPS the first time and after flaps retract to 1 position.I'm right?)Thanks for your patient.Basil.

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Hi Basil,1. It could be that the PMDG 737 itself is not in the right configuration for the autopilot to engage. The test is this:When you would normally click A/P on the FS2Crew Takeoff Page, instead of doing that simply press "A" on your Keyboard and see if the autopilot engages.2. For the takeoff procedure, ICAO B Flaps 5 with VNAV is best. On the FS2Crew Departure Briefing Page, just select "V" for VNAV. Do not also select "F". Only pick 1. There are many threads on this forum describing what you need to do in detail.3. You can call for the autopilot anytime you want so long as you're above the minimum alt for a/p engagement. I suggest doing it right after calling for Flaps 1 just to make life easier for you so you can free up your hands, but there is no hard and fast rule on that.Bryan

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Hello Basil,If pressing 'A' on your keyboard doesn't work, all I can suggest is this: Try re-entering 'A' for the autopilot command on the PMDG 737 Keyboard assignments menu. Perhaps re-freshing it will work.However, you did say pressing 'A' worked once before, so perhaps the issue is that the plane is not configured properly for the autopilot to engage. Unfortunately without me being there to see how you are flying the plane it's hard for me to really comment.Other than that, this would be a PMDG issue and there is little I can do about it. Have you consulted with their support forum?Bryan

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Bryan, just noted that, i must press the A for 3-4 sec. in order to engage the A/P.What do you think?Thanks for your patient.(maybe to uninstall 737 Ng and fs2crew and doing a clean install?).Thanks.Basil.

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That's interesting. I suggest doing a clean re-install using the PMDG Remove Tool.Also, make sure you are running no memory managers or anything in the background.Bryan

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Hi Bryan.I've just re-installed everything(PMDG 737 NG and fs2crew prof.edition)but unfortunaly i have same probem.So,i did a test:i have opened directly the B.TO/TO/A.TO page, without doing the whole any previous procedure,i did a TO ,i've pressed VNAV -LNAV and A/T on this page,and A/T engaged!!!.What do you think?Regards.Basil.

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Hello Basil,That's good news.There are no other conditions tied to the AP button on the FS2Crew Takeoff Page (all it does it make a straight keypress "A" when you press the AP button). It's very simple. One line of code.So it tells me that for whatever reason before your plane was not configured for the autopilot to engage.Are you following the tutorial to the letter? No one else has had trouble with the autopilot button, so my thought is that the problem is probably procedural in nature.Do you have FFRAPs to record a video? If you could record a video of what you're doing then I could see what's happening. Bryan

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Hi,Bryan,hope to not be annoying to you.Just completed a perfect flight (as tuttorial 1)from KSFO to KLAX, with PMDG 737-700.I repeated step by step the tuttorial and all were gone perfect.I want to do some notes.In this flight i did some things (that i didn't in others),so i want your opinion.1.In config.page i didn't change anything(in my others flights on ATC option i selected YES ).2 I have entered SID in briefing page and finally 3.after TO at 1000 feet above runway i have pitced nose down to 10 degrees, then clicked the FLAPS button and after first flap retraction clicked A/P and all O.K.What do you think?(Tomorrow I'll do another flight,this time in Australia.I'm courious to see,what will happens.Also in this flight today i didn't used fspassengers addon.)Regards.Bill.

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Bryan,just another question.I'm thinking to buy the 737-700 from ariane studios.Would you please tell me if the default edition of fs2crew will be compatible and operable with this product?Thanks.Basil.

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Hello Basil,Glad to hear you got it figured out!1. ATC Option: Only affects whether the FO asks for Start Clearance or doesn't. Very minor.2. SID briefing: Ambiance only. The brief itself has no impact on the simulation.3. Number 3 was done perfectly as per the tutorial.4. Flying in Australia will result in you hearing Aussie accents for the ground crew positions.Cheers,Bryan

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Hello Basil,The default version of FS2Crew will work with the Ariane 737 to the extent that the Ariane 737 conforms to the MS SDKs.I suspect, however, that the Ariane 737 is heavily custom coded (much like the PMDG 737) which makes interfacing with it near impossible.That said, I would have to make a custom version of FS2Crew to make it work with the Ariane 737 due to Ariane's custom code. Cheers,Bryan

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Hi Bryan.Finally i found the source of all my problems with A/P.The fspassengers addon that i use ,almost always on my flights, assigns for input autopilot altitude the A key.So i have deleted this assignment from this addon and all are perfect.Thanks again for your help ,for your patience and for this great product.One last question:what about reverse thrust during land.Must engage it?Every time i've engage it, FO never announces nothing like:reverse thrust.Thanks again.Regards.Basil.

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Hello Basil,Yes, you should use reverse thrust.FO doesn't announce it though. Cheers,Bryan

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>Hello Basil,>> Unfortunately without me being>there to see how you are flying the plane it's hard for me to>really comment.Basil, why not post screenshots of your displays and overhead-- that may allow us to check your a/c configuration.

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