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  1. add g500/600 to MU2 Marquise

    Since FSW is currently hard at work on the Dassault Falcon 50 my guess is there won't be a major redo of the MU-2 VC panel in the foreseeable future. You can always email FSW and ask, however. Al
  2. Ray, I don't disagree with your overall comments, but to clarify, what I meant by upgrade was that eventually, at the time of initial purchase, they might offer two versions of the yoke, with and without hall sensors. I believe some other yoke manufacturers do this now. Al
  3. It may (just speculating) turn out that Hall sensors are eventually available as an upgrade option, which is not unreasonable in my view. Some folks may be perfectly happy with high quality pots at a lower cost then Hall sensors would be. I've been using the Saitek yoke and TQ regularly for 3+ years now without any problems, and that's apparently with low quality pots. So the use of high quality pots represents a nice 'step up' in itself. Al
  4. C402 AP alt pitch

    John, I'm not sure to which post your comments above are responding too, but here's something else you can do which doesn't require you to look down at the VS wheel. Using FSUIPC you can assign a key (or key combination) of your choice to increment or decrement the AP VS value as shown below. This works -- I tried it. Here, each key push (or key repeat) increments the VS by 100ft/min. You may want to check the No repeats! box because if can repeat pretty quickly. And this to decrease the AP VS by 100ft/min per key activation. Al
  5. C402 AP alt pitch

    Hello John, It is not clear to me what you are trying to do with an 'AP pitch' switch. I have not flown the C402, but to change altitude with the AP I would think you could enter the new altitude, turn on ALT Hold, and then rotate the Vertical Speed wheel located below the throttles to set the VS you wanted to use to reach the new altitude. If while changing altitudes you wanted to increase or decrease the rate of climb or descent, readjusting the VS wheel accordingly should do that. Al
  6. I left out a little utility program in my post above that I find handy called NpCmoveAircraft. NpCmoveAircraft moves an aircraft to a new position. The program prompts the user for each required input: the DISTANCE to move (NMs), the DIRECTION to move (degrees magnetic), the new aircraft ALTITUDE (ft), the new aircraft HEADING (degrees magnetic), and the desired aircraft IAS (Kts) along with the LANDING GEAR POSITION -- up (u), down (d) or fixed (f). Or for any of the five inputs the user can simply enter a carriage return (Enter key) to signify NO CHANGE for that particular entry. Prior to the move the aircraft can be on the ground or in the air. So, for example, NpCmoveAircraft can be used to simply turn an a/c around on the ground, to move it to the other end of a runway, to quickly re-position it for another practice approach after landing, to jump ahead in cruise, to catch up to another a/c, etc. NpCmoveAircraft works with default FSX aircraft and many add-on aircraft that adhere to the standard FSUIPC offsets. A registered copy of FSUIPC is required. NpCmoveAircraft is in the AVSIM and Simviation libraries (as are some of the other programs in my post above). BTW, I didn't realize it for quite a while, but the 'green message bar' the pops up in FSX for different reasons is actually a window that you can drag to a new location and resize to what you want. I find being able to do this very useful especially when using programs that make frequent use of the 'green bar' window. Al
  7. I’ve uploaded some program files to my Dropbox that may be of interest to some. Below are brief descriptions, and they all have detailed ReadMe files. The programs should be available at this link: Kneeboard Viewer 2 (KV2) Kneeboard Viewer 2 (KV2) allows the user to open one or two ‘always-on-top-windows’ to view programs of choice, such as a web page like SkyVector, or a pdf reader for approach charts, in ‘kneeboard windows’ on top of FSX/P3D/X-Plane. The kneeboard windows may be toggled on and off (shown or hidden) by user selectable keys or key combinations. KV2 was developed as a possible replacement for the PDFkneeboard program which, unfortunately, does not currently work in the latest versions of P3D. Note the following programs require a registered (payware) copy of FSUIPC. ApproachCallOuts2 AproachCallOuts2 provides altitude, gear and flap settings, and approach minimums (Decision Height) audio callouts on an approach to landing. The callouts are at Radio Altimeter (RA) heights of 2000, 1000, 500, 400, 300, 200, 100, 50, 40, 30, 20, and 10 ft. At 800 ft RA (a user settable value) you get a callout of the current flap setting and gear position. There is no gear callout if the aircraft has a fixed gear. For the minimums (mins) callout, the user can select the callout to be based on a previously set RA mins value, or on a BARO (MSL referenced) mins altitude. Landing Params Landing_Params displays landing parameters in a small text window that pops up after the aircraft has landed and has reached taxi speed. Parameters displayed in the window after touchdown are Indicated Airspeed (IAS, Kts), Ground Speed (GS, Kts), Landing Distance (LD, ft), Landing Roll (LR, ft), Vertical Speed (VS, ft/min), Attitude Indicator pitch at touchdown (AI), and Bounce Count (BC). In addition, more detailed landing parameter information may also be logged. L35 Takeoff (TO) and Landing Checklists L35 takeoff checklists displays both a takeoff and after takeoff checklist. The takeoff section calculates Vr (takeoff rotation speed) based on aircraft weight and flap setting, and then makes an audio Vr callout during the takeoff run. At a user settable Radio Altimeter altitude, an after takeoff checklist is displayed. The checklists can be edited as desired. The landing checklist calculates Vref based on a/c weight and displays similar to the takeoff checklist. If flaps are up you get a warning message to set the flaps and reactivate the checklist. This program also sets the L35 speed bug to Vref. MU2 Takeoff (TO) and Landing Checklists Very similar to the L35 programs above except tailored to the MU2. The Vr speed is calculated based on a/c weight and flap setting, as is the landing Vref speed. There is a Vr audio callout on takeoff. There is no setting of the speed bug because there is no speed bug! NpC4FSX&P3D NpC (NumPadControl) is a more efficient (and more convenient to set up) version of something I wrote a while ago and which much to my surprise PC Pilot magazine chose to include on their Freeware CD that they sent out with their 100th Anniversary edition. With NpC4FSX&P3D you assign keys to functions like Com, Nav, Heading, Course, Altitude, VS, etc and can then enter the associated values just by typing on the keyboard’s Numberpad. No more trying to set frequencies, altitudes, the heading bug, courses, etc, by fiddling with the mouse – just type in the value. A video of the earlier version that a friend made is here All these programs work in FSX, and should work in P3D although I’ve only had a limited amount of P3D feedback on some of them to date. I don’t have P3D so would appreciate hearing more regarding any P3D experiences with any of these programs. Thx, Al
  8. I put a small program called Kneeboard Viewer 2 (KV2) here that may be of interest. With KV2 you can open one or two 'kneeboard windows’ that will stay on top of FSX/P3D/X-Plane while you fly, or may be toggled on and off (shown or hidden) by user selectable keys (or key combinations). KV2 works in window or full screen mode. Al
  9. MU-2 Ground Power Unit

    I haven't seen anything like that reported here before, which makes me wonder if you might have an install issue. You could try downloading the MU-2 again, and also make sure your anti-virus software is turned off during the download and install. Al
  10. Did you have both the latest version of the a/c and the latest version of the WX radar when you did the install into P3Dv4.1? Do you have any other a/c in P3Dv4.1 with a good VC WX install? It might be worth taking a look at the panel.cfg file (I assume P3D has that) where the WX radar is entered. Maybe someone with a good install of the WX radar in the L35A in P3Dv4.1 could post what that panel.cfg file entries looks like for you to compare to. For example, here is what I have for FSX. This is the popup entry: [Window03] ident = 71 visible = 0 sizeable = 1 size_mm = 419,381 position = 0 window_size = 0.343511450381679,0.556719107690809 window_pos = 0,0 gauge00 = MV_WX!WX2D,0,0,419,381,1 gauge01 = MV_WX!WX,64,121,291,205,1 gauge02 = CONTROL_PANEL!clipboard RADAR W4, 80,130,260,170 And this is the VC entry: [Vcockpit37] Background_color = 0,0,0 size_mm=512,512 visible=0 pixel_size=512,512 texture=$MV_WXM gauge00=MV_WX!WX, 0,0,512,361 gauge01 = CONTROL_PANEL!clipboard RADAR W4, 90,50,330,250 My main L35 Texture texture file also has two entries: MV_WXM_TEXTURE.bmp this includes a bezel image MV_WXM_TEXTURE_NIGHT.bmp Al
  11. Very odd this would be the case in both aircraft. Do you have the latest approved P3Dv4.1 version of the radar (12Dec17 update) from Rex simulations? I don't have P3D, but a friend does and he doesn't have this issue. Al
  12. Need MU-2 Guidance

    Greg, Good decision, you will find the joystick will greatly increase your enjoyment of FSX. Besides controlling pitch and bank, you can also use it to control the rudder if you so choose, it has a lever that can be used to control the throttle, and lots of buttons that you can set up to control other functions and switches in the VC. BTW, you will also find the mouse is an important tool for flying with the VC. As with everything, there is a learning curve, so watch some videos, do some reading, ask questions here, take your time, and enjoy the ride! Best, Al
  13. Need MU-2 Guidance

    gbaxter, Since apparently you are new to flying with a Virtual Cockpit (VC), I would suggest you work your way up to a complex a/c like the MU-2 by starting with the VC for a default a/c like the C172, or the Baron58 or King Air 350 which are twins like the MU-2. I would also suggest you look at tutorials on how to setup and use FSX with a VC. There are many FSX tutorials on YouTube. Finally, I would VERY STRONGY suggest you invest in at least a simple USB joystick, something like the Logitech Extreme 3D Pro which is about $35 brand new at Best Buy (and much less on eBay). The joystick will GREATLY simplify flying, especially an a/c like the MU-2. The MU-2 was not designed to be flown with just a keyboard. Al
  14. Hi Scott, He uses the GTN750. Since the problem seems unique to the Lear, maybe a reinstall as you suggest would be a good idea. It also occurred to me I'm not sure if he actually installed the L35 into P3D, or just copied the files over from his FSX install (it that's possible), so again a reinstall may be the answer. Certainly seems worth a try. Thx, Al