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Need help with; RFP 742 Autopilot

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I downloaded the incredible Ready For Pushback 747-200 a short while ago, and I am finding the retro-style autopilot rather troublesome.I've read the manual but it really is as clear as mud, so I was wondering if you guys could help me out.Here is an enlarged picture of the autopilot, so I can explain it easier:http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i223/jon...leAutopilot.jpgI know that to engage IAS hold, I have to set the EPR to climb thrust, but once I activate the auto-throttle and press the Speed hold button it's not holding the speed. I got it to hold IAS once before, so I've got the feeling I'm missing somethingI also need help with setting the Autopliot to climb. After using the iFly 744 I have a feeling that I need to set the altitude in the selection box, push the switch on the right of it into the downward position and turn the switch at the top to V/S hold. The hitch is, I don't know what V/S the plane wants to hold because there is no readout. My question here is: How do I get the autopilot to hold a vertical speed of say... 1500ft/m for a climb upto FL320?I'd appreciate you help, because I'm sick of falling out of the sky at 40KTS forward speed!Thanks in advance, Jon.

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Jon, what you really need to do is to spend some time with the documentation and the tutorials. You will need to know how to use the FRAT ( it really isn't an autothrottle in the way more modern A/C are) and learn the autopilot functions better. You'll have a lot more fun with the plane that way.For example, there actually is a VS Indicator/Setting Device; it's the wheel right under VERT SPEED in your picture. If you click on the top half it will climb and the rate of climb will be indicated. Lower half, and descent.This is not a jump in and fly aircraft, you have to read and learn it.Good luck and have fun.Ed GreenKCLT


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The FFRATS is a handful to learn, but it can be mastered. It's very sensitive to incorrect inputs and procedures. Read all the manuals and you'll figure it out. You can also check out this RFP Forum as well.http://41686.rapidforum.com/Kim

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I've picked up the basics on the FFRATS already, and I already knew about the V/S wheel.How do I know what rate of climb I'm setting the V/S to using the wheel, because there isn't a read out or hold bug on the instrument.

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Try this youtube link:

It is the first of four long tutorials on flying the RFP. The commentary is in Dutch, but you will pick out enough common words whatever your first language :)--Bryn

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