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Alabeo PA23 AZTEC F 250 Released

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I'm curious but mainly waiting for the twin commander

 

After buying the Saratoga TC I've skipped out on Alabeo because they tend to be more buggy than the Carenado releases - imo

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Downloading it now - this is one aircraft I have been waiting for for years! Can't wait to test fly it later this evening and, even better, it has GTN integration!

 

Bill

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and RXP GNS 530 integration. :wub:

 

1st came the F33, then the 337, and now the PA23. It's not RA, but I will enjoy this one.

 

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Jose

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I love it!

 

+1 for that!

 

It may not be a Real Air or A2A product, but, after flying the Aztec for about 30 minutes, I cannot find any problem with this aircraft so far. The modelling both internally and externally, as usual with Alabeo, is beautiful and so far everything I have tried on the Aztec has worked perfectly, although I have not as yet flown it on the autopilot. The sounds also are excellent and, as someone with RW flying experience in these albeit many years ago and in the older Aztec D model, I can confirm that the flight dynamics appear pretty realistic. With half tanks I successfully flew this in and out of a 1000ft strip that I once flew from in the RW and it coped with it very comfortably. I'm certain I will be doing a lot of flying in this impressive aircraft.

 

Bill

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Is this only available at Alabeo?

Yes. If you wait a few days, you should be able to get it from your favorite vendor,

 

or you can take a few minutes to create an Alabeo account. They accepts CC & Paypal.

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What sort of autopilot does it have please?

I don't like the Stec autopilot on A2A

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Ditto on the flight dynamics... with a caveat. I very much enjoy flying on two engines. It handles well in flight and through the flare to landing. Notwithstanding the different types this flies as well as their Titan.

 

However... there is no drag with a windmilling prop. Which is just as well since there is no way to feather a failed or shut down engine's prop.

 

As long as you are not expecting real world single engine performance, this is a decent hand flyer and the AP is pretty intuitive... if you have flown the A2A P-51 Civilian version... 

 

One simple thing I wish they would fix is to put in the clickspot to bring up the GTN 750 2D popup.

 

Donald

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don't like the Stec autopilot on A2A

 

The STEC is a little different to the 'all singing, all dancing' autopilots we are used to, which only require monitoring and where you can go and have a wander around the house if you want while having a flight! The STEC however is more of an assistant than an autopilot and you may have to make fairly frequent inputs. I personally have grown to like it on the A2A Comanche and Cherokee if only because it gives me a reason to stay with the simulator while I making a flight on autopilot. I will admit however that for longer flights I too tend to prefer the more modern autopilots!

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Have had a number of test flights using the autopilot, a Century III, which is not altogether dissimilar to the STEC in the way it functions. Everything appears to work correctly for me apart from the LOC NORM mode which is meant to follow the localizer. For some reason, after positioning the aircraft accurately on the localizer centreline, as soon as I switch to the LOC NORM mode, the aircraft rolls to the left and does not follow the localizer. Although I assume the autopilot is working from NAV1, I tuned both NAV receivers to the same frequency just in case it was operating from NAV2. I have tested this at two airports with the same results each time and I am uncertain why this is happening and wondered if anyone else has had a similar experience. 

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Have had a number of test flights using the autopilot, a Century III, which is not altogether dissimilar to the STEC in the way it functions. Everything appears to work correctly for me apart from the LOC NORM mode which is meant to follow the localizer. For some reason, after positioning the aircraft accurately on the localizer centreline, as soon as I switch to the LOC NORM mode, the aircraft rolls to the left and does not follow the localizer. Although I assume the autopilot is working from NAV1, I tuned both NAV receivers to the same frequency just in case it was operating from NAV2. I have tested this at two airports with the same results each time and I am uncertain why this is happening and wondered if anyone else has had a similar experience. 

Hi Bill,

 

Using the auto pilot (Heading Mode) with a 15 degree intercept, I selected LOC Normal from LG Mode Selector. I used the wheel to decent about 500ft per minute. Auto pilot kept the plane on track.

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Hi Bill,

 

Using the auto pilot (Heading Mode) with a 15 degree intercept, I selected LOC Normal from LG Mode Selector. I used the wheel to decent about 500ft per minute. Auto pilot kept the plane on track.

Hi! So am I correct in my understanding that I should leave the autopilot in heading mode while selecting LOC NORM from the mode selector? I was intercepting the localiser in heading mode and then switching out of heading mode before selecting LOC NORM! That may well explain why I was getting that odd behaviour - doh!

 

Many thanks for that,

Bill

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Can't seem to climb in Autopilot.  Tried everything I know.  Love the plane and the dynamics.  Excellent.

 

Stan

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Can't seem to climb in Autopilot.  Tried everything I know.  Love the plane and the dynamics.  Excellent.

 

Stan

Put the mouse cursor over the wheel and use your mouse wheel to pitch up or down. You should see a +1, +2 for climb rate, or -1 or -2 for decent rate.

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Enjoy folks, not my kind of plane though.  I got burned so many times and not into mod anymore, so I pass and wait for RA Duke.

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Shutting down an engine is one of the first things I check with multiengine aircraft to see how they modeled it. How much rudder is required to keep the aircraft flying straight (if any at all).

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Can't seem to climb in Autopilot.  Tried everything I know.  Love the plane and the dynamics.  Excellent.

 

Stan

Thanks.  That worked. 

 

Stan

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Using the auto pilot (Heading Mode) with a 15 degree intercept, I selected LOC Normal from LG Mode Selector. I used the wheel to decent about 500ft per minute. Auto pilot kept the plane on track.

 

Following your advice Jose, strangely enough my problem with LOC NORM persisted even after a redownload and reinstall. However when I installed the GTN-750 and tried a test flight the LOC NORM function performed perfectly. It seems like the autopilot was just not locking on to the ILS without using the GTN-750 for some reason even though I had both NAV radios tuned to the correct frequency. I remain curious as to what I was doing wrong!

 

Bill

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Hey guys I just checked the Carenado website (where I purchased this Aztec) and they do not have an upgade to the air file, aircraft cfg, or panel cfg.  I have some issues and wonder if any of you are getting these as well.

 

Lighting

 

1.  When switching on the landing lights, the nose wheel taxi light illuminates as well (no footprint however on the nose wheel) but there is a footprint on the landing lights.

2.  When turning on the taxi light, I get the footprint on the ground but the light itself does not illuminate.

3.  The interior lighting for the panel turns on the cabin lighting as well.  Once I am cleared to taxi, I prefer to turn off cabin lighting.  Shouldn't panel lights be separate from cabin?

4.  Clicking the instruments light does nothing.  I assumed this should highlight the instruments themselves...backlighting inside the glass perhaps?

 

ATC ID

 

1.  The aircraft.cfg by default shows the ATC_ID as PA23.  This will not work as ATC will refer to you as a Piper Apache.  I have changed mine to PA27 and now properly refers to my plane as an Aztec.

 

Views

 

1.  When hitting the Shift A key that normally takes you to the legacy 2d cockpit, my mouse starts to flicker between the pointer and the hourglass.  Forums mentioned this is an issue with resolution.  I confirmed this by bringing it down from 1920X1200 to 1920X1000.

 

That's if for now.  Let me know if this jives with you all.  More to come as I have only flown this for a week.  Sorry if I am being to picky but my "switchology" has to be spot on.

 

Ben

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