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Eric Marciano Panel and automatic flight

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Hi everyoneJust downloaded Eric's panel and love it but I cannot get the aircraft to follow the flightplan loaded in to the FMCU. I do not find the documentation very clear; talks about pulling and pushing the FCU buttons which I do but nothing happens. I loaded the Navdata program as instructed and get all the displays for the route I am following so that cannot be the problem.Any help appreciated as I am sure I must be missing something simple!!ThanksJohn Hewson

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John,Once the fplan is loaded and you are airborne the only thing required is to right mouseclick the heading nob - the heading display should change to dashes and a dot and the aircraft should start following the route displayed on the nd - always does for me anyway.regards,Mark

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Yep... right-clicking vs. left-clicking gets you different things with this panel.

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Thanks for your help guys! I did not realise I had to right click on the heading and as you say that does work; even get a solid green line on the map now instead of yellow.It's actually one of the best freeware panels around in my opinion and while I am very happy flying the Eurowings Airbus I do need extra liveries which are not included in their package but covered by the freeware developers. Where would we be without people like, for example, Aerodesigns, Posky and IFDG?RegardsJohn

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The IFDG A320 coupled with Erics' panel is a great combination :)In case you hadn't found it yet, if you right click on the speed control, it also turns the display to dashes thereby putting the airspeed under aircraft systems control; just like the heading/nav controller. To regain pilot control, just left-click on either knob and it'll flick back to numbers and should have a little dot to the right of the number.To try to summarise and clarify....when starting a flight, both speed and direction controls are in a 'neutral' state; you can set the required speed/direction but the aircraft will not act upon these inputs.To gain pilot control, just left-click over the center of the knob. A dot will show to the right of the displayed number and the aircraft will go to the set speeds or direction. To give full aircraft control/autopilot; or 'managed' mode, right-click over the center of the knob. The numbers will be replaced with 3 dashes and the aircraft will fly the flight plan (provided you made one before starting the flight!)To regain pilot control again (ie: when ATC starts to vector you in for landing), just left-click over the center of the required knob again, and set the desired heading/speed.Hope that helps, and sorry to appear patronising if you've already got it sussed-out!

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