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Why can't I disengage autothrottle after touch down?

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Normally, with Autoland engaged in the MD-11, I'm able to activate reverse thrust after touch down.However sometimes I can't reduce speed despite hitting "Z" to disengage the autothrottle. What am I doing, or not doing, please?Cliff

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Normally, with Autoland engaged in the MD-11, I'm able to activate reverse thrust after touch down.However sometimes I can't reduce speed despite hitting "Z" to disengage the autothrottle. What am I doing, or not doing, please?Cliff
"Z" Disconnects your Autopilot, not Autothrottle (A/T; ATS). Assign a different key to your yoke or keyboard if you need to, otherwise A/T disconnect is whatever MS defaults to, as with "Z". FWIW, you don't need to disconnect A/T in the MD-11, it does it for you on TD. Make sure you hardware throttle is idle and not interfering.

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"Z" Disconnects your Autopilot, not Autothrottle (A/T; ATS). Assign a different key to your yoke or keyboard if you need to, otherwise A/T disconnect is whatever MS defaults to, as with "Z". FWIW, you don't need to disconnect A/T in the MD-11, it does it for you on TD. Make sure you hardware throttle is idle and not interfering.
I've now assigned a key to disengaging the autothrottle should this happen again. Incidentally the throttle lever on my joystick was indeed closed.FSX does not assign keys for Autothrottles but, following your suggestion, I found the MD-11 facility and was able to assign it from there.Thanks Chris.Regards....................Cliff

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I've now assigned a key to disengaging the autothrottle should this happen again. Incidentally the throttle lever on my joystick was indeed closed.FSX does not assign keys for Autothrottles but, following your suggestion, I found the MD-11 facility and was able to assign it from there.Thanks Chris.Regards....................Cliff
CliffOut of interest, what key assignment did you use to turn off Auto throttle?

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FSX does not assign keys for Autothrottles but, following your suggestion, I found the MD-11 facility and was able to assign it from there.Regards....................Cliff
Chris, Assigning a key through the PMDG menu as you did is fine. You could also assign a default FSX key instead. See the introduction document of the manuals for a list of supported default FSX commands and how they are interpreted. This has the advantage that you can also use joystick/yoke buttons for the assignment.

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CliffOut of interest, what key assignment did you use to turn off Auto throttle?
I used the hash # button next to the ENTER button as it didn't have anything else assigned to it. I haven't yet had time to check whether it does the trick but presumably there's no reason why it shouldn't serve the purpose.Cliff

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I used the hash # button next to the ENTER button as it didn't have anything else assigned to it. I haven't yet had time to check whether it does the trick but presumably there's no reason why it shouldn't serve the purpose.Cliff
Thanks!

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