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The way I use the autopilot is to flip the FD/AP switch one notch (with the left mouse button)to the FD position, while on the gound. Select initial target altitude on the G500 and set theheading bug to the initial heading (usually runway heading).On the STEC (which should read RDY) push the HDG button and the VS button.Now take off.Once airborne and wheels up, click on the FD/AP switch one more time to moveit to the AP position. The autopilot will now fly the plane and you can adjust VS and other settingsfrom there.To turn the AP off, right click on the switch.The STEC autopilot is modeled quite accurately, but there are little thingslike the RDY indication staying on when the AP is engaged, that do not match the real thing.I've made some modifications to the autopilot which you may want to try (only if you do notlike the default!) If so, send me a PM with your email address.

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Thanks for the tip, Bert. I would like to have your modification to the AP. PM on the way.I noticed one thing with the AP. When I engage it, it keeps the plane nose high when holding altitude. I can't figure out if it's me doing something wrong or a problem with the AP itself. If you have any ideas, I would be grateful.Cheers,Fritz

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Check your power settings Fritz. If you are keeping it slowed up (and remember not to exceed 170 KIAS), then yeah, your angle of attack will be higher, and with that long nose, you'll really feel it. Also at very high altitudes you need a bit higher angle because of the thinner air, but it shouldn't be too great - a couple of degrees or so.

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Bert, let me begin by commending your input of the FDE. This is a joy to fly, although I have not flown the Malibu (RW). The caravan had some odd characteristics when retarding the power lever plus a few more which make the aircraft not as enjoyable as this one (the nose would fall over as if there was no more wind movinig over the wings). If the King Air to be released is anything like this then I will be certain to put her in my hangar.I will be sending you a PM for the mod. Again thank you for your input, and of course to Carenado for a nice replica of the Malibu. Brings back memories of the Flight1 model.

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Check your power settings Fritz. If you are keeping it slowed up (and remember not to exceed 170 KIAS), then yeah, your angle of attack will be higher, and with that long nose, you'll really feel it. Also at very high altitudes you need a bit higher angle because of the thinner air, but it shouldn't be too great - a couple of degrees or so.
Ah, OK, I see. The nose is only about 2° high. I should have realised that but I'm not very knowledgeable about how things are at higher altitudes, I mostly fly around 5000-8000 AGL. This airplane is a whole new departure for me. Thanks, Glenn.Cheers,Fritz

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That actually sounds pretty typical if you are up in the mid twenties. You will see it more in that airplane because of the long snout on it, so it sounds like all is good there :).

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Bert, let me begin by commending your input of the FDE.
Just to set the record straight, Bernt Stolle is responsible for the (excellent) FDE. :(

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Bert, thanks for the correction, but thanks for your input as well. Bernt, my apologies for the mis-spelling of your name and mis-taken identity. Shows I did not get my names in check prior to posting. But I will re-emphasize what I stated earlier:"Let me begin by commending your input of the FDE. This is a joy to fly, although I have not flown the Malibu (RW). The caravan had some odd characteristics when retarding the power lever plus a few more which make the aircraft not as enjoyable as this one (the nose would fall over as if there was no more wind movinig over the wings). If the King Air to be released is anything like this then I will be certain to put her in my hangar."

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Hey Simeon,No problem, and Bert and Bernt is tricky. Without Bert many Carenado planes wouldn't be as enjoyable to navigate with or to put into auto flight!!That both of us doing freeware mods as well doesn't make things easier, :wink:I'm already planning to re-engine the 208 so the 'nose over' effect will be gone.Itis essential that a PT6 simulation creates the enormous amount of drag and negative torque at idle, but as you can see on the Malibu, it's not impossible to achive without cheating.Of course the C90 will be as good (most probably even better) as the Malibu because I have even more detailed sources.

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Bernt,Good to hear, I fully understand, having being a part of the majestic Dash 8 projects, I know exactly what you meant. Again I tip my hat to both you and Bert for your dedication, in making Carenado birds more enjoyable.Looking forward to the C90

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Ah, the Dash8. Loved to fly the 100 IRL (even nicer than the Dash7) , the 300 wasn't as great as the -100. Didn't know that you were part of the Majestic Dash8 team!

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Good to know that there are some 100/300 RW pilots in the forums. I agree the 300 is not as much fun (it is really a stretched 100 with bigger engines) however the 200 was the workhorse of the 3 types (100/200/300) 100 frame with 123 De-rated engines. I would love to see a steam cockpit version of the 100/200 released, not in the plans for Majestic at this time though. Not too sure what PMDG has in store for us in time to come.

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Hello guys,I have observe the following problem:After take off and activating the AP everything went normal but after a couple of minutes the AP and the GPS530 went back off and it looks like a reset....I have only a couple of letters in the STEC display which looks like similar a kind of reboot. I need to switch off the AP first and then need to put him back on, same with GPS530 where the screen is black just with the black screen.Any idea where the error is?Thanks in advance!CheersMark

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Don't know if you could help me but since I bought this wonderful airplane I wasn't able to see autopilot work well.As soon as the airplane intercepts the VOR course it starts to follow a "wave pattern". It's like the autopilot is not predictive.Same problem when following an ILS course. Once I landed on the side of a runaway.Did someone of you experienced the same problem?I contacted Carenado support but they said the problem sound very strange to them.I'm very sad 'cause the plane is really wonderful!Please help!

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Just make sure to intercept at a shallow angle (no more than 30 degrees), ata reasonable speed and far enough out so that the autopilot has a chance tostabilize on the new course. Don't expect "Otto" to do with a Malibu what you could expectfrom a smaller airplane..

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I know I'm a little late on this but I would love to get your "fix" for the autopilot on the Malibu.  I spent about an hour in the cockpit trying to figure it out and never could.  If it's still possible could I get the modification that you made?

 

Jim

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I know I'm a little late on this but I would love to get your "fix" for the autopilot on the Malibu.  I spent about an hour in the cockpit trying to figure it out and never could.  If it's still possible could I get the modification that you made?

 

Jim

Send me a pm with your email address.

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