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Maintaining altitude

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Hi Team,

 

First off, let me congratulate you on a magnificent airplane. PMDG just gets better and better with every release. I am really enjoying the 777 but unfortunately have been able to spend only about 15 minutes so far. One thing I did notice was the AP losing 100 feet when it starts a bank, then recovers to maintain altitude in the turn. While rolling out, it climbs to 100 feet above the MCP altitude and then slowly recovers back to maintain the required Altitude. The second thing I noticed was when rolling out on a heading there is a mild overshoot and a slight rocking back and forth a few times before settling down to maintain the MCP heading. These were in no wind conditions at a low altitude of 3000 feet and flaps at 15.

 

Are these 'real life quirks' of the 777 or does the AP need a bit of tuning up for a future fix?

 

Regards,

 

Dinshaw Parakh

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Forgot to mention I am using the Saitek yoke calibrated in FSUIPC. In the NGX, I dont get this issue

 

Dinshaw Parakh

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One thing I did notice was the AP losing 100 feet when it starts a bank, then recovers to maintain altitude in the turn. While rolling out, it climbs to 100 feet above the MCP altitude and then slowly recovers back to maintain the required Altitude.

 

You do realize that when you roll into a turn you're losing a lot of your vertical component of lift as it translates into both horizontal and vertical, right?  This is NOT the NGX.  It's several times larger and heavier, and those wings have to work harder because of it.  Heck, you even have to add back pressure in a Cessna...

 

 

 


The second thing I noticed was when rolling out on a heading there is a mild overshoot and a slight rocking back and forth a few times before settling down to maintain the MCP heading. These were in no wind conditions at a low altitude of 3000 feet and flaps at 15.

 

Having flaps down makes it a bit more difficult to turn, but it shouldn't be causing too much of a noticeable issue.  How big of an overshoot is considered "mild?"  What was your speed?

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You do realize that when you roll into a turn you're losing a lot of your vertical component of lift as it translates into both horizontal and vertical, right?  This is NOT the NGX.  It's several times larger and heavier, and those wings have to work harder because of it.  Heck, you even have to add back pressure in a Cessna...

 

 

 

 

Having flaps down makes it a bit more difficult to turn, but it shouldn't be causing too much of a noticeable issue.  How big of an overshoot is considered "mild?"  What was your speed?

 

Hi Kyle,

 

First off, thanks for the reply. I am sorry, but maybe my statement was a bit misleading and ambiguous to you. I alluded to the AP as in Auto Pilot. Maybe you mistook it as a typo for AC? :lol:

 

The height loss, gain, etc that I noticed was with the Auto Pilot engaged. I was not hand flying. Heck, I would not be writing this if I were hand flying and expect the aircraft to maintain altitude without any back pressure! 

 

Regarding the heading overshoot, my guess would be 3-5 degrees. Like I said I was in Flap 15 configuration and the speed was at F15 maneuvering speed. AFDS was in HDG SEL and the bank angle selector was not in Auto, I moved it to 25 degrees. I will try and replicate it later tonight. For whatever its worth, my weight was just below MLW at 221 Tons. 

 

Like I mentioned all the maneuvering was with the AP engaged and not while hand flying :)

 

Regards,.

 

Dinshaw Parakh

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I alluded to the AP as in Auto Pilot. Maybe you mistook it as a typo for AC?

 

Nah, I assumed because you mentioned calibrating your stuff through FSUIPC.  This shouldn't matter when you're on AP (though I'm sure it's interfered before on some system out there).

 

Not sure about the rest.  I can't say if that's normal or not.  I'm not really seeing it here, though.

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Hi,

I have the same problem. While flying with autopilot ON, the aircraft looses and gains altitude. Can't maintain the cruising level. Need a fix, I guess

 

Hi Team,

First off, let me congratulate you on a magnificent airplane. PMDG just gets better and better with every release. I am really enjoying the 777 but unfortunately have been able to spend only about 15 minutes so far. One thing I did notice was the AP losing 100 feet when it starts a bank, then recovers to maintain altitude in the turn. While rolling out, it climbs to 100 feet above the MCP altitude and then slowly recovers back to maintain the required Altitude. The second thing I noticed was when rolling out on a heading there is a mild overshoot and a slight rocking back and forth a few times before settling down to maintain the MCP heading. These were in no wind conditions at a low altitude of 3000 feet and flaps at 15.

Are these 'real life quirks' of the 777 or does the AP need a bit of tuning up for a future fix?

Regards,

Dinshaw Parakh

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While flying with autopilot ON, the aircraft looses and gains altitude. Can't maintain the cruising level. Need a fix, I guess

 

Full names on every post in the PMDG forums please.

 

How much variance is there in altitude?  Are your winds changing? Normally the aircraft stays pretty much on set altitude and may vary by 20 ft on occasion. Something you are doing or about your set up is causing the problem. It's not a bug.

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Thanks everyone, for the help. As I mentioned before, this is not a normal reaction of 777. Not because of the wind change or anything but could be the setup or FSUIPC or something else. I'll try to re-install again. 

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I'll try to re-install again. 

 

Not the best course of action, honestly. Reinstalls rarely fix issues and can actually cause more issues than you're attempting to solve.

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