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    Retired Britsh Airways B747-400 captain. Now working for BAVirtual training for Vatsim P1, P2 and P3 courses as Flight Examiner.

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  1. Thank you! Setting 'Experimental' worked for me as well. That makes at least three of us 😄 I am surprised that there is not more about this, especially on the forumFSLabs, or importantly, in the FSLabs Control Center. I found nothing about P3Dv5.4 compatibility there at all - only here on Avsim. rr149
  2. No, I have not been using the Experimental Channel. I have just opened Control Center again (I did check it and 'repaire' my A320 earlier this moorning) and it has updated itself and ALL channels to version However none of the channels, including the Experimental Channels, mention P3Dv5.4. rr149
  3. I have upgraded to P3Dv5.4 and now get the 'old' problem (circa 2020) with the error message "FSLabs DLLS not supported by P3D" followed by CTD. rr
  4. Is there any way I can modify the autopilot controlled bank angle limit? At preset, with autopilot engaged and a turn commanded (eg via HDG control) the bank angle will go to a limit of 30 degrees in roll. The altitude feedback control is tfirst slow to react, then over-compensates. The result is altitude deviations of +/- 200 feet, and rates of climb/descent oscillations between +/- 1,500 feet/min. All help appreciated.
  5. Having been away from the B747-400 QOTS II for a while, I am now having a problem with the autopilot not working correctly and continually disconnecting. As an example I have just taken off, climbed manually to 6,000ft and am flying at 250 kts clean. I have VNAV connected and green, together with HDG SEL green, SPD green and FD green indicating. However, when I select any autopilot switch, the switch itself illuminates, but I get an amber horizontal line through the HDG SEL indication on the PFD. The autopilot immediately disconnects with an audible wailer sound. Similarly, if I route on a planned leg and have LNAV green indicating, the same thing happens again when I try and connect any autopilot. In another thread I saw a reference to 'Realistic autopilot connection' where the writer solve their problem by disabling this function. Sadly, this did not work for me. I have tried 'repairing' my installation, and when that didn't work, I did acomplete uninstall/ re-install using the PMDG Installer app. So far without success. Any constructive help gratefully received.
  6. To all following this thread, SOLVED! Use FSUIPC7 (which came bundled with my copy of MSFS. I recall I had a similar wrong control binding carrying over from the default controls profile with the default Cessna 172. I was able to correct it by making all my control assignments via FSUIPC7, and not the built in MSFS system. Returning to the Black Square upgrade to the default BE58 Baron, I set up a new BE58 Baron profile within FSUIPC7. Having done this I followed the FSUIPC7 routine and re-assigned all my flight controls, plus, to my mind, illogical and confusing cockpit POV camera views (simply UP, DOWN, LEFT and RIGHT axes). Saved everything, and with fingers crossed, went back to the loaded Baron. Everything now works 100% as per my assignments, with no default profile assignments carrying over. This shows conclusively that there has been no problem with my Logitech controls, but resides within the MSFS software, which FSUIPC7 rectifies. "Quod erat demonstrandum", as my Latin teacher used to say 😄 rr
  7. Possibly, but then why do they work correctly when flying the default Baron on both P3Dv5.5 and X-Plane 11? Me? I think it's a software problem in MSFS. In MSFS the other default twin engine aircraft is the DC-3. I tried assigning all six of my Logitech levers (fully supported by MSFS) and had the extra fun of the different lay-out of PP-TT-MM, as opposed to the modern TT-PP-MM layout of the Baron. I got exactly the same problem with the default setting of the third lever on the direct connected quadrant simultaneously operating levers 2 and 3 of the usb quadrant. Plus ca change! We await a reply to my bug report. rr
  8. So it works with Honeycomb Alpha and Bravo controls. That doesn't help me - I have Logitech Controls. It also doesn't work for others, so there is a fundamental problem here. Or are you saying, that if I want to fly the Black Square BE58 Baron upgrade, then I can only do so if I buy Honeycomb controls? Really? If it IS true, then why don't Black Square and Just Flight say so? I know of no other default software aircrraft that requires specific control hardware, you can even fly DCS World without HOTAS controls (yes, I know it is far better with HOTAS - I use Thrustmaster HOTAS myself). The problem is a software glitch where just one new profile control assignment does not fully replace the default control assignment. Both default and new assignment work simultaneously. It does work for the centre axis of the yoke throttle quadrant, but just not for the right axis. To sd_flyer: not sure why you say not to assign throttle, pitch or mixture controls to the Logitech Pro (ex Saitek) Yke and Quadrant - they work 100% with all other aircraft models and platforms. I mean, why would they supply you with a throttle quadrant you can't use? Or am Imissing something here. rr
  9. In reply to Pivot: Yes - the second quad has a USB connector to the rear of the yoke assembly. The first quad has a dedicated connector (not a USB) to the same input panel. I have tried swapping the USB but with no effect. We will plod on! In reply to sd_flyer and Ron Attwood: yes, I am used to creating profiles. I currently use all three major platforms, P3Dv5.5, X-Plane 11 and MSFS. The good thing about the first two platforms is that when you load an aircraft, they automatically pick up the correct profile. With MSFS you have to link the profiles manually (from what I can see). I may have missed something, but a fellow MSFS user (of longer standing than me) agrees with my thoughts here.
  10. Help! I have loaded the Black Square default BE58 Baron update. I decided to load a new controls profile under Controls Options. I currently use Logitech Pro Yoke with throttle quadrant, plus a second Logitech USB throttle quadant.This gives full independent control of throttle, proppeller pitch and mixture for each engine - or so it should. I have successfully assigned the throttles and prop pitch 1 to the direct yoke quadrant, and they work as desired. I then assigned the prop pitch 2 and the two mixture contrrols to the USB quadrant. Each control works as desired. However, now when I move the prop pitch lever for engine 1, both mixture controls move in unison. I have checked and discovered that in the <Default> profile the yoke quadrant Joystick R-axis Y is assigned to ."Mixture Axis (-100 to 100%). This default assignment is over-riding my new BE58 Baron profile. I have tried to remove this assignment within the <Default> profile, but, of course, cannot do so. How can I rectify this situation? All other new assignments within my BE58 Baron profile have replaced any <Default> settings. roadrabbit
  11. Solved! I need to go to an optician. I have discovered those three icon letters near bottom left of screen. Opening the <C> icon and , yes - you guessed - it gives access to the fuel control panel in the drop-down menu. This means all 4 fuel tanks are now availlable and usable as desired. It also means my previous fuel tank usage in the Navajo is not needed 😡
  12. I have just re-read the above post. On my Carenado XPlane 11 PA31-310 Navajo the fuel selectors appeared to be set (fixed) to the outboard tanks, #1 and #2. They are not. However, the operation of the fuel tank selectors is a little idiosyncratic. They work by click and hold, then dragging them left/right as required. The cursor sometimes has to move quite a way before the selector knobs move - hence the possible intial feeling that they are not working. So the selectors on the displayed fuel control panel now work - cheers and elation all round! Also, the overhead fuel gauges actually display whichever fuel tanks are selected - which is what you would expect One good thing has come out of this: if you want to emulate delivery flights with legs greater than the normal max range (e.g trans-Atlantic), you can load fuel as payload to simulate a delivery flight fuel tank. The way to artificially "move" this fuel from the delivery flight fuel tanks, to the required tanks, is using the Edit Weight and Balance facility. [If you do this, ALWAYS add fuel to the fuel tanks BEFORE removing it from the delivery tanks, i.e. the payload. roadrabbit
  13. If the tanks are not wing tanks but 'within' the fuselage, then you are correct. However, once 'center' tanks are depleted, with wing tanks you usually empty the outer tanks first (see Boeing 777, 787 and also Airbus A320 etc) - so, if fitted, empty tip tanks first, then outer main tanks then inner mains. Of course tip tanks are often fitted to drain into the outer main tanks as those are emptied in use. Also, the inner wing is the stronger part of the wing, so is better suited to carrying the final fuel load as it is used, and so reduces wing stresses. Aircraft often will have larger inboard tanks than outboard to reduce roll inertia. Again, by reducing outboard tanks first you further reduce the roll inertia of the aircraft (think of it like a dumbell weight - if the outer weight lumps were moved to the centre of the handle, it would easier to twist in your hand) The Carenado PA31 is basically following this principle by using the outer tanks first. The problem is that it does not then switch to the inner tanks after depletion of tthe outer tanks. My solution to this is to artifically use the fuel loading page as described previously. However this puts all the final fuel load in the outboard tanks, and so acts against the benefits described above. So, although allowing the use of all fuel loaded preflight, it is NOT an optimum solution. roadrabbit
  14. I have come up with a fairly obvious work around: simply use use the Flight dropdown menu, Edit Weight & Balance as if it was the Fuel Control Panel. Wait until you have approximately 5 kgs (or equivalent) in the Tanks 1 and 2 (you should monitor this closely, as you don't want a no-fuel engine shut-down!).. Then transfer about 95% of the fuel in Tanks 3 and 4, individually, into Tanks 1 & 2. Next, reduce the fuel to remain in tanks 3 and 4 to approximately 5 kgs in each tank.Your fuel planning for the trip should, of course, take this 5 kgs remaining in each tank as unusable, and thus added to your total fuel required. The fuel, less the 10 kgs left in tanks 3 and 4, is now in the usable fuel tanks: 1 and 2. The draw-back to this work around is that you finish up with empty (ish) inboard fuel tanks, and fairly full out board tanks - technically far from ideal. [I am assuming, in the absence of any information, that tanks 1 and 2 are the left and right outboard fuel tanks].
  15. I am running the X-Plane 11 version of Carenado's PA31 Navajo. I have successfully completed sevral shorter flights, so tried a longer flight of just over 4 hours (Oxford, UK, EGTK, to Figari, Sud-Corse, France, LFKF. Note that I use kgs for fuel quantity to accommodate my flight panning app. I have just lost the right engine due to NO AUTO SWITCH TO RIGHT WING TANK #4 after the fuel tank 2 ran dry. As the Fuel Control Panel does not appear to have any available functionality this means the fuel in tanks 3 and 4 is unusable. My current fuel load is: Total Internal Fuel Weight = 210.5 kgs Left Side Fuel Total = 108.2 kgs Fuel Tank 1 = 6.0 kgs Fuel Tank 3 = 102.2 kgs Right Side Fuel Total = 102.2 kgs Fuel Tank 2 = 0.0 kgs Fuel Tank 4 = 102.2 kgs The overhead Fuel Gauges both read zero (+/-), confirming that they only show the fuel quantity of the default tanks in use. If I view the Fuel Control Panel and also activate <Show Instrument Click Regions>, a left-right (shows as "<-- -->" ) green illumination appears on the Fuel Control Panel right of centre (away from the non-functioning Fuel Tank Selector Switches themselves). However, it does not appear to do anything when pressed. Does anyone know how to overcome this problem? I have also sent a support request to Carenado (zendesk).
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