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Turning on Autopilot Altitude via keyboard

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While messing about recently, I tried the keystroke Ctrl-Z to turn on the preset altitude hold, and immediately crashed towards old Mother Earth. On looking at the Altitude window, I discovered that using this keystroke reset the altitude to an apparently random lower figure. I thought this might be a peculiarity of the default Beechcraft Baron which I was using, so experimented with the A321 and B737, with exactly the same result. Has anyone else noticed this peculiarity, and is there any cure?jaje

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Not a "random number" at all. What altitude was set in the altitude preselector?

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You should set the altitude preset to the proper altitude on the autopilot prior to activating the altitude hold mode.

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>4000 feet in Beechcraft, 10000 in 737. Tell me more!Since I rarely use the keyboard controls, I wasn't entirely certain but...There are two "altitude hold" functions in FS:1. altitude hold (current)2. altitude hold (preselected)Unfortunately, Ctrl-Z is assigned to #1, so it is behaving as assigned. Anytime the autopilot is ON and one hits Ctrl-Z, the aircraft should capture and hold the current altitude.There is no keyboard assignment for #2, which is very strange since there is a keyboard control to SET the altitude preselector! Ctrl-Shift-Z, followed by the -/= keys will decrease/increase the altitude preselector...Registered owners of FSUIPC however can assign Ctrl-Z (or any other key combo) to the FS command "AP Panel Altitude Hold" which is what will trigger the preselected altitude hold function.

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