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I am a new Falcon owner and really enjoy the airplane!

For my personal use, I have made some small enhancements to the autopilot popup, so that I can center the HDG bug by pushing in the HDG knob, and for good measure also added the missing click sounds to the VS wheel.

If you would like a copy, contact me via PM with your email address.. :wink:

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20 hours ago, Bert Pieke said:

I am a new Falcon owner and really enjoy the airplane!

For my personal use, I have made some small enhancements to the autopilot popup, so that I can center the HDG bug by pushing in the HDG knob, and for good measure also added the missing click sounds to the VS wheel.

If you would like a copy, contact me via PM with your email address.. :wink:

Hi Bert. Welcome to the FSW Falcon 50 Fan Club! 😉😃. PM sent

Best Regards,

Roberto

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On 5/20/2019 at 10:29 AM, Bert Pieke said:

I am a new Falcon owner and really enjoy the airplane!

For my personal use, I have made some small enhancements to the autopilot popup, so that I can center the HDG bug by pushing in the HDG knob, and for good measure also added the missing click sounds to the VS wheel.

If you would like a copy, contact me via PM with your email address.. :wink:

I assume the real VS wheel clicks?  If yes -- count me in :)

How about the HDG knob?  Does it center the bug by push in real life?

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1 hour ago, Mace said:

I assume the real VS wheel clicks?  If yes -- count me in 🙂

How about the HDG knob?  Does it center the bug by push in real life?

The VS wheel between the seats clicks but the popup does not (without my fix..)

As for the HDG knob, that is the way it works in other airplanes.. maybe the Falcon is different..?

Who has the Pilot's Guide for a Collins or Sperry autopilot?

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2 hours ago, Bert Pieke said:

The VS wheel between the seats clicks but the popup does not (without my fix..)

As for the HDG knob, that is the way it works in other airplanes.. maybe the Falcon is different..?

Who has the Pilot's Guide for a Collins or Sperry autopilot?

Ok -- hopefully the developer or someone else familiar with the Falcon see your question and answer it.

In the meantime I will PM you.

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6 hours ago, Bert Pieke said:

As for the HDG knob, that is the way it works in other airplanes.. maybe the Falcon is different..?

Our resident Falcon 50 expert Jim Barrett may be able to answer this question. I will see if I can contact him. 

I will also ask him about the HSI CRS knob which when pushed in some a/c will point the HSI course arrow to a VOR with the CDI centered (if in VLOC with a VOR tuned in). This is a quick way to get the course TO the VOR and also to identify what radial you are on by looking at the tail of the course arrow.

Al

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Heading and course sync are not possible with the original Falcon 50 APS-80 or 85 autopilot driving analog flight instruments. The heading bug and course selection (OBS) on the analog HSI are driven by electromechanical servos which can only be operated by physically rotating the heading or course knobs. 

For the same reason, an add-on GPS like the GTN750 cannot auto-adjust the course on the mechanical HSI as it can with an electronic HSI.

The later Falcon 50EX was equipped with the Rockwell Collins Proline 4 glass cockpit, and I believe heading and course sync were implemented. Both features are standard on Proline 4 installations in other aircraft I have worked on.

However I see no reason not to add heading or course sync for those who may want it, even if doing so would not be 100 percent realistic for an analog F50

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