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  1. I have the multipanel as well. I found it really easy to integrate into XP 11. It works with every aircraft I currently fly. As mentioned, it does seem a bit flimsy/cheap - but it is pretty cheap, so not a problem there. It is really just an autopilot panel, so not sure that it would be much use for a C172 and the like. The flap switch is ok, but I never use it as I have a switch on the yoke for that. The Pitch Trim wheel is useless and never use it. I bought the multipanel as I fly the large airliners - and for that it is very useful to set HDG and ALT. These you have to do very quickly in response to ATC, and I found using the mouse scrollwheel on the 3D cockpit to be a real pain. Oft times you miss the hotspot and the cockpit zooms in. Plus you are taking your eyes off the road, so to speak. So very useful for airlines - not so much for the C172.
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    Problems with export for FF A320

    Hang in there! We have all been where you are with one product or another. At least with P2A you are dealing with a developer who is responsive and accepts and fixes bugs.
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    Problems with export for FF A320

    ok - so there is no error message in log.txt?
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    Problems with export for FF A320

    The same happens to me. As far as I can tell, it has nothing to do with P2A. The problem (at least for me) is that the A320 looks at all the flight plans in the corte.in file, and if there is a perceived problem with ANY of them. then no routes are displayed in the A320. If this happens, have a look in the XP log.txt file and look for an error that contains the text "FF: static navdata loader". These lines in the log will describe the problem as far as the A320 is concerned. In my case, the problem usually is that there is a waypoint missing in the A320 database. Currently it is pretty hard to update this database, but the Navdata updates should be out in the next month or so. In my case, I simply removed the unknown waypoints and then the flight plans loaded ok. It is rather a pain that the A320 does not flag the errors better - having to look in the log.txt file seems awkward. I guess one fix is to make the Navdata in P2A the same as the data in the A320. You will get this same problem if you make up the flight plan in LittleNavMap, EFASS or anything else with a more current database. You will get similar errors if you export to the GTN-750 - only with that there is no way to update the database. At least with the A320 we will in time be able to do just that.
  5. I just updated to HOT FIX 2406. no map. here is the log file Program StartedPilot 2 ATC (P2A) - version 2.4.0.6_x64_b 02/28/2018 16:46:17 Application frmP2AMain starting 02/28/2018 16:47:04 Loading Form Main form opened: Pilot2ATC 2018 v. 2.4.0.6_x64_b Navigraph - AIRAC cycle: 1801 Loading Map Control LoadMapControl: panel 1 Creating ucMap1 SQLiteVersion: 3.8.11.1 | 2015-07-29 20:00:57 cf538e2783e468bbc25e7cb2a9ee64d3e0e80b2f | INTEROP_CODEC INTEROP_EXTENSION_FUNCTIONS INTEROP_VIRTUAL_TABLE NET_40 PRELOAD_NATIVE_LIBRARY THROW_ON_DISPOSED TRACE TRACE_PRELOAD TRACE_SHARED TRACE_WARNING USE_PREPARE_V2 WINDOWS ucMap1 Created ucMap DockFill set. Setting Map Mode Done Loading Map Control Loading FPL Control FPL Control Loaded Error in BuildFPRoute System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object. at P2A_2018.SIDPlan.Init(Boolean Force) at P2A_2018.FltPlan.BuildFPRoute(Boolean CalcTOD) FltPlan ActiveSID: -- - FltPlan ActiveAPPR: - GPS FlightPlan Changed Application frmP2AMain ended normally 02/28/2018 16:48:51
  6. I found this - it is for FSX, but should have some good info. It includes a tutorial flight. http://cdn.edgecast.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/556212/manuals/Airbus_A320321.pdf?t=1513788170
  7. I did my first 'real' flight in the A320U last night - this was after weeks of preparation. Weeks watching Blackbox711 videos and reading the Flight Crew Training Manual, and also the excellent training links provided on this forum. I do not think that a tutorial from FF would have been any help at all, even if one was possible. There is SO MUCH you need to know, it is just impractical. It is not like (say) getting in the DHC-6 and flying from A to B. You don't even tune the radios for the ILS. Flying this plane with no mistakes is extremely difficult. I think it is one of those aircraft that you simply need to put the hours in to get proficient. And this is where the 'study level' bit comes in and is what a lot of us like. It is nothing to do with elitism - I don't know any other flight simmers at all, so there is nothing to be elite about. It is the joy of finally doing a perfect flight, knowing that it has taken you 3 months to get to this point. I usually fly Boeings and used to think that the Airbus system was simpler, ie you are just a bus driver. It is certainly more automated, but it is not simpler. I would even go so far as to say it is more complex, but perhaps that is because I am comparing a 738 with an A320. Just taking off is a complex task. One surprising (and great) discovery was the fly by wire is great. I came in way too high on the approach and in normal circumstances it would have been a go around. But for fun I kept going and still landed perfectly. Very impressive.
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    TOD incorrect?

    Some good pointers. I think I had the GS set to 300kts, which I think was way too slow. On most of my flights in Queensland, there is (I think) only one Center Controller - and that is in Brisbane a 1000km to the south. There might be one in Cairns as well. It is a big state. A number of regional airstrips don't have tower controllers either. It is not a problem.
  9. You are expected to know it. There is basically no documentation - but links to real aircraft manuals. I can see the thinking behind this and agree. There is no way a short tutorial will be that much use. Learning this aircraft is not a simple thing, so what could a 5 minute tutorial do? Personally, I think this is one of the attractions of a study level aircraft like this. You need to study the manuals as would a RL pilot. I have been flying flight sims since the late 70's and I thought I knew enough to fly anything. But it turns out I was wrong. There is so much to learn with this aircraft I am frankly, excited to be back in XP again.
  10. I am in the same boat as you. But in the end it is cheap considering the number of hours you will spend in it. I have already spent a lot of hours watching videos and printing out and studying manuals. Well worth the immersion and time spent, I think. And apart from the activation process (which they stuffed up), it has been a joy. From the updater it seems that they have already updated the thing a couple of times. But I really like the Zibo as well - that has come along very nicely.
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    TOD incorrect?

    I have done a few flights now (in the Zibo 738) and each time P2A gets the TOD incorrect by a huge margin. Last night I did a flight from YBTL - YBCS, about 150nm. I was at FL120 and the TOD by P2A was about 20nm from the FAF which required me to be at 3,000'. There is no way I could have descended in time if I followed the P2A profile. I descended via the flight plan in the Zibo and things were ok - but P2A kept on telling me to go back up to FL120. I just ignored it, but it is annoying that P2A does not know the descent profile. I guess I should have request a lower altitude, but the approach did say that I was to descend via the STAR, which is what I was doing. I had a V/s set in P2A at 1500fps, which was about correct and I had it set on 'airliner'. When I fly the DO-228 (a much smaller aircraft), the TOD seems to be fairly close. Is there something I can do to make P2A understand that I am flying a jet airliner and not a small commuter? Can I adjust the TOD manually to more accurately match the one computed in the 738? In this flight I think I was told to contact Brisbane Control like 3 or 4 times while in the cruise (which was about 20 minutes). Each time I did and the system responded. It may have been normal, but it seemed a lot for such a short flight.
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    Navigraph Data in GTN750

    Yes, the lack of matching data with XP 11 is a nuisance. I have given up on importing flight plans from anything else as the odds of getting it in has been very low (in my limited experience). I simply recreate the flight plan again in the GTN750, and so far I have been able to get it close enough to fly with. I only use the GTN750 with small aircraft, so the flight plans are usually not that long or complex. I also use Pilot2ATC, and the trick there is to add a much large leeway of error before ATC tells you that you are off course. I use 20nm lateral deviation, I think. Works like a charm. You can also add custom fixes on the fly pretty easily, so it is pretty easy to add anything that is missing. One of the biggest areas of conflict seems to be the STAR/Approach area - I put them in as best I can, but the thing is Pilot2ATC is going to vector you at that point anyway (in most cases), so your plan in the GTN-750 does not really matter. If you are not using ATC of any sort, then I guess it does not really matter if the data is a bit outdated. Despite this limitation, I still love the GTN-750 - it is so much better than using that awful GNS530 it is worth any workaround.
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    Support from X-Aviation

    From my experience, don't bother with support tickets. Go to their forum. You will usually get a response there fairly quickly.
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    Missing Waypoints

    I agree with this. It is a really excellent flight planner. It is a bit limited in some areas, but I think it could be tweaked to make it as good as any flight planner out there. Some small things that I think would make it much better in this area - - allow saving of aircraft types (ie Cessna, 737, etc) - allow printing of flightplan
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    Flight plans incorrect

    No worries. I was not suggesting that you draw the vectors. Don't draw anything at all. Have a 'Discontinuity' if you will. The issue is that what is drawn can be very confusing - a total jumble, and of course it is not correct. Simply stop drawing at the 'here be vectors' mark. It is probably more realistic to uncheck the 'ATC assigns STAR', but I like the way it is doing it now (for most airports). Anyway, just a suggestion. Now that I know what is going on I can work around it.