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Bert Pieke

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She is certainly beautiful and the sounds are awesome.As for the cockpit panel - the usual little niggly issues..hopefully they can be fixed.- Autopilot ARM function inop- Turn indicator flag stays onthat is after 5 mins in the air.. more later.

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VS mode doesn't quite work as advertised, and there's a bit of yaw instability on approach.I didn't have the turn flag stay up...the HSI worked fine for me.That said, the model is gorgeous and the sounds are wonderful. Frame rates seem very good, as well.

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- Turn indicator flag stays on
I noticed this on the screenshots on the Carenado website. The turn indicator on my Carenado Saratoga (the only other Carenado plane I own) has the same issue.This quote from the Falcon Gauge Turn Coordinator manual explains how it should operate:"When the aircraft power is activated to the instrument, observe the functionalindicator on the right-hand side of the instrument face. It must turn from red toblack to indicate the instrument is operating normally. If the functionalindicator remains red or becomes red in flight, the instrument should not berelied upon for flight information."

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I didn't have the turn flag stay up...the HSI worked fine for me.
It is not actually the HSI... but the Turn Coordinator that has the power flag showing.

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She is certainly beautiful and the sounds are awesome.As for the cockpit panel - the usual little niggly issues..hopefully they can be fixed.- Autopilot ARM function inop- Turn indicator flag stays onthat is after 5 mins in the air.. more later.
Yes, I agree. Also, Altitude select knob and yaw damper on the autopilot don't work. Additionally, the click spots are very uncomfortably small in general.BB

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After flying it for a while, I would say that not only does the airplane look gorgeous,it flies quite nicely too. I have not found any nasty sides to her yet..Back to avionics:- The autopilot definitely needs work or replacement. It is a stripped down version of the KFC225 to the point where it lacks basic altitude preselect capabilities. It also has the old issue of resetting the Heading bug when the HDG function is selected. It is programmed in XML, so I can see an assignment coming up..- The attitude indicator shows a steady gap between the FD bars and the little airplane triangle. These should close when in level flight.. I checked the C340 which has the same gauge and there it was OK..If you like the Carenado change to 3d gauges which we first saw in the C340, you will like the Baron also.In some ways, visually, I still like the Bonanza with RealityXP Flightline gauges better.Lastly, little tricks from the Bonanza can be used here also, like setting the the no 3d knobs option.

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Personally, I like the 3D knobs, so I'm stuck with the KFC225 AP. I did apply your HDG knob trick from the Bonanza, and the ALT ARM trick, as well. The problem I'm finding right now is that the VS mode doesn't work at all unless you first select ALT HOLD.

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Personally, I like the 3D knobs, so I'm stuck with the KFC225 AP. I did apply your HDG knob trick from the Bonanza, and the ALT ARM trick, as well. The problem I'm finding right now is that the VS mode doesn't work at all unless you first select ALT HOLD.
You are right - the code is broken...You may notice that the Yaw Damper button does not work either.Carenado is aware.

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Thanks, Bert. I did notice that, and I stand corrected on the turn indicator flag. While we're talking about yaw, am I the only one who noticed the yaw instability? I've seen it twice now on coupled approaches. It smooths out on short final when I turn off prop sync and go to fine pitch.Also, the AP doesn't seem to capture the glideslope properly.

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Am I just picky, or is there a way to click the heading indicator and course needle, without pulling the mouse across the screen............just clicking the mouse right or left by degrees..............and the various levers, they barely move up or down, so hard to see if they on or off.....................otherwise it is a dream machine for sure................super job!!!

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What is that?:
I had one of those as well. Night flight with the other 2 pilot (VH-) plane. Ending the flight and reloading and it was OK.Just so you know you're not the only one.

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Am I just picky, or is there a way to click the heading indicator and course needle, without pulling the mouse across the screen...........
Try using the mouse wheel instead!

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As for the cockpit panel - the usual little niggly issues..hopefully they can be fixed.- Autopilot ARM function inop- Turn indicator flag stays on
OK, luckily both of these are fixable (even by users..).Lets see what Carenado releases in a patch, but the autopilotis totally XML coded and I've got a version fixed for personal use,and the Turn Indicator flag can be removed in the Gauges_4.bmp bitmap. If you would like an autopilot version to test, send me a PM with youremail address.

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What is that?:
That's usually what you get when the FSX.CFG is tweaked too much (mostly Bufferpools related). Remove/Reduce tweak entries from your CFG to get rid of problems like that permanently.

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That's usually what you get when the FSX.CFG is tweaked too much (mostly Bufferpools related). Remove/Reduce tweak entries from your CFG to get rid of problems like that permanently.
Thank You. My cfg-file isn't tweaked so much, nearly nothing. And the Carenado B58 was the only airplane where I have seen that. All others are ok. But until now I flew it some times again without such problems!

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Some more observations, after flying it for a while.The flight model is really good, the sounds are really good,and the airplane looks stunning! This makes for a real winner!I'm hoping that Carenado will take a page from the RealAir book,and do some more work on the cockpit gauges..Now that we no longer have the option of replacing the main gauges,which are all 3d modeled, the HSI in particular stands out as needinga makeover. The overall shape is off, compared to the real unit,and the knobs on the bottom are not placed correctly, nor do they turn.If Carenado would perfect some of this modeling (which they can also use forother aircraft), the Baron could be a real classic! Here is to hoping that the service release will put a smile on our face :(

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