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Things that will catch you out about the ATR72

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This will most likely be a running list of things to look out for. Some of these may be bugs, others are just operating procedures based on Carenado's interpretation of the ATR72-500.

1. Unlike the ATR42 from Carenado, it doesn't appear as though you need to click the AUX PUMP button under the parking brake to get the prop brake to engage. I was able to turn on the AUX PUMP in the overhead panel and the prop brake engaged as usual. I'm guessing the center console button is redundant?

2. Ensure you have your condition levers set to AUTO before taking off/climbing out. I use the Saitek set up and noticed (by hovering over for text) that my prop levers might have been in the AUTO configuration visually, but were not actually engaged (lever 2 was, lever 1 was not, causing asymmetric thrust conditions). Fiddling with the levers with the mouse corrected this for me, but YMMV.

3. If you want the plane to follow the FMS, you have to make sure the RNV button is on. It's on when you power up the plane, but as soon as you hit the TO/GA switch, it turns off. Make sure it's on or the LNAV indicator will not show up.

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Make sure you check your flight plan as well, especially if you're entering airways.  I did a flight NZDN to NZWN (an Air New Zealand flight).  The route was Runway 32, Bidel2P Bidel Y477 Ladis Y727 Wards Wards5A to Runway 34.  The FMS accepted the routing but I noticed in the legs page Ladis was missing.  Even after starting again Ladis would not appear.  The legs went from Bidel direct to Wards.  I had to manually insert Ladis after Bidel.  I'm not sure other routes would do the same as this is the only flight I have done so far.  Just be aware.

 

Bruce R 


Bruce Ross

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The flight deck can be a bit laggy at times, but I'm not sure if that's due to Carenado or my sceneries.

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