Bert Pieke

STEC autopilot

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Not quite sure about the autopilot... when flying in VS mode, it takes two pushes

on the ALT button to switch to ALT hold mode.  That does not seem right..

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<p>Same here FSX Win7. First click v/s turns off, second click trim_alt turns on. Don</p>

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Yes, that's definitely not correct. If you push the ALT button it should simultaneously activate the ALT hold mode and deactivate the VS mode.

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Nav can be pre-selected before AP master turned on but not Alt

 

The STEC manual states that ALT can only be engaged after a lateral mode (HDG, NAV..) has been engaged.

 

I'll have to go through the code and clean it up.. Alabeo has taken the old Malibu autopilot and "simplified" it,

making a hash of it in the process..   Need a rainy day or two to get around to it though..  :wink:

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I'll have to go through the code and clean it up.. Alabeo has taken the old Malibu autopilot and "simplified" it,

making a hash of it in the process..   Need a rainy day or two to get around to it though..  :wink:

Hi Bert,

 

I had hoped you would say that :smile:

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Send me a PM with your email address if you would like to try a reprogrammed autopilot.

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Another reason why I can't bring myself to buy Alabeo stuff anymore.  Avionics quality is really disappointing.

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With the "touched up" autopilot and the GTN 750, it is quite nice to fly  :smile:

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Bert your modified stec v8 work correctly above and below 10,000. Each function responded immediately and performed without error on my machine. I use FSX Gold, Win7, GTN750, and with the usual addon's REX, ASN, Orbx etc. You really worked hard on that thing with all the updates. I appreciate you dedication to help the rest of us. 

 

 

Note - (not meant to distract from the stec mods)

 

While I was cruising back to KSEA I tried to dial in the NDB freq 244.0 and found the middle digit cannot be changed.

The HSI Glideslope indicator arrow appeared green, it would be nice to change this white or orange for better visibility.

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Thanks for the feedback on the autopilot!

 

For the other items, you will have to contact Alabeo :wink:

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While I was cruising back to KSEA I tried to dial in the NDB freq 244.0 and found the middle digit cannot be changed.

The HSI Glideslope indicator arrow appeared green, it would be nice to change this white or orange for better visibility.

 You have to right click on the inner or outer button to change the dialing. Each button has 2 functions. Right and left click on them and you will see. Hope it could help.

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On 7/21/2016 at 1:24 AM, Bert Pieke said:

With the "touched up" autopilot and the GTN 750, it is quite nice to fly  :smile:

Thanks again for the file Bert. Do you know which files need to be replaced for the PA44 with F1GTN and P3DV4?

I had a look but the panel folder you sent (panel.gtn) contains several folders, and the gauges folder in my installation still uses .cab files it seems.

Here's the folder structure you sent me in the archive:

CustomPA44 (folder)

Gauge_APPA44 (folder)

Gauge_PA44 (folder)

PA44 (folder)

panel.cfg (file

 

I really only fly the Seminole with the GTN 750 and steam gauges.

Sorry to be a bother.

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Do not replace anything.

Just add the panel.gtn folder alongside the panel folder.

In the aircraft.cfg file, select one or several variations with panel=gtn

That is it!

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Hey Bert. I installed your EGT and autopilot fixes in the Seminole and I just finished a great flight with it. :biggrin: Since I did the autopilot fix I don't seem to have a click spot to bring up the autopilot control head. Any ideas on what I may have done? A couple of the other 'Shift Number' menu's don't come up now either.

Not a game stopper and it might be a good reason to get that bigger monitor that I have been looking at. :biggrin:

Thanks for your good work Bert.

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1 hour ago, Bill Griffith said:

 

Hey Bert. I installed your EGT and autopilot fixes in the Seminole and I just finished a great flight with it. :biggrin: Since I did the autopilot fix I don't seem to have a click spot to bring up the autopilot control head. Any ideas on what I may have done? A couple of the other 'Shift Number' menu's don't come up now either.

Not a game stopper and it might be a good reason to get that bigger monitor that I have been looking at. :biggrin:

Thanks for your good work Bert.

I did not include a popup autopilot... after you get your bigger monitor, it should all be well again  :happy:

Or, the + key will zoom in on the panel..

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21 minutes ago, Bert Pieke said:

I did not include a popup autopilot... after you get your bigger monitor, it should all be well again  :happy:

Or, the + key will zoom in on the panel..

That explains it.  :biggrin:  As long as it wasn't something I did that broke something.  :huh:  Thanks Bert.  Off to look at that bigger monitor.  :laugh:

 

Bill

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You can edit the panel.cfg to include the autopilot pop-up:

[Window Titles]
Window00=Main
Window01=GTN 750
Window02=AUTOPILOT
Window03=WINDOW MANAGER
Window04=INFO
Window05=ENGINE SETUP
Window06=KNOB INFO

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As Bert has pointed out, there is more to it then just that entry.   It isn't much of a problem for me.  Only when I'm dialing in a Vertical speed setting, the small numbers are hard to make out.  I have set a view in Chase Plane that moves the view in closer for setting the VS.  And that bigger monitor also will help.  :laugh:  It is better to have the autopilot working correctly, not to mention Bert's EGT fix.  I don't have to zoom in on the EGT gauge to see a peak now.  Thanks again Bert.  :biggrin:

 

Bill

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I just wanted to make sure you were aware of it as Bert had Shift+3 as "Blank". I'm sure Bert knew...

I undock the GTN and AP, and move them to a second monitor where they can be sized as big as houses if I desire. ;)

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1 hour ago, pchamney said:

I just wanted to make sure you were aware of it as Bert had Shift+3 as "Blank". I'm sure Bert knew...

I undock the GTN and AP, and move them to a second monitor where they can be sized as big as houses if I desire. ;)

Thank you for the suggestions.  "as big as houses if I desire."  :biggrin:  That would work.

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