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  1. This updates my earlier mod of the 690B to make it compatible with Prepar3D v4.4. But, there is much more to it than just that. It is my most extensive mod to date and brings many of the aircraft’s systems into compliance with the Pilot Operating Handbook. The limitations of the simulator and some limitations to the add-on I couldn’t overcome prevented perfection and I will attempt to highlight those shortcomings as I go. Corrections and additions. 1. Compatible with P3Dv4.4. 2. Modeled prop drag or “disk drag” at very low inflight power settings. Pulling the power levers to idle will result in significant deceleration and could result in hard landings or worse. 3. Modeled the electrical system to include battery state and external power availability. 4. Corrected RPM and EGT. 5. Start locks actually work. Fail to engage the start locks on shutdown will result in feathered propellers. Attempting to start an engine with feathered propellers will result in bad things happening. Unfeathering procedure in accordance with the POH, including appropriate battery depletion if not using external power. 6. Corrected deice boots switch to a 3-position switch. Momentary single cycle position returns to center and regulated bleed pressure drops accordingly. 7. Corrected cabin and panel light switches. They are now independent. 8. Corrected Propeller and Generator inlet ammeter. 9. Extensively overhauled the AP-106 autopilot. It now works properly both in the VC and in the pop-up and the altitude preselect/alert now works properly. 10. The optional KFC-300 autopilot is also included. 11. Corrected the Hydraulic Pressure gauge. 12. Corrected the Annunciator Test button. 13. Added touchdown effect that has tire “chirp” at touchdown. 14. Corrected the backwards rudder trim indicator. 15. Added an optional power and condition lever matching algorithm. 16. Added an optional automatic pressurization controller that works from altitude entered in the autopilot. 17. Added a new Start Window that includes a Cold and Dark button, a Step-by-step start button that can be used as a tutorial until you become comfortable with the airplane systems. Be warned….you can not just jump in and start flying this airplane without complying with the Pilot Operating Handbook. The Start Window also has a quick start button. 18. Pilot Operating Handbooks included for the 690B and the 980. Carenado modeled a Rockwell 690B Turbo Commander that had been modified with TPE331-10 engines and uses EGT gauges instead of ITT gauges. The 690B POH includes systems and procedures information. The 980 POH is the place to find performance and -10 engine limitations. 19. As usual, I included repercussions for not following procedures. You will likely want to have the engine fire procedures memorized. 20. Models included for GTN and GNS. 21. Normal and LITE versions merged into a single folder. Things not corrected: 1. P3D still uses a free turbine turboprop engine model. I have made every effort to emulate the direct drive TPE331 but you will see some minor surging issues. 2. There is a conflict in the model between the Left Generator Inlet Heat switch and the R Pitot Heat switch. To turn the Left Generator Inlet Heat switch to OFF, the Right Pilot Heat switch must first be turned OFF. Once the Inlet Heat switch is OFF, the Pitot Heat can be turned to ON. The mod requires the installation of XMLTools appropriate to the simulator and can be downloaded here: http://www.fsdeveloper.com/forum/resources/authors/taguilo.1802/ The mod also requires FSUIPC for proper autopilot operation. As usual, this mod should be considered Beta. Please post problems you find in the AVSIM Carenado 690B forum so that others can verify and provide help in addition to my own. I hope to be ready for distribution by the weekend. If you are on the mailing list your copy will arrive via email. If you are not on the list and would like to give the mod a try, send me a PM here with your email address. Here are some "teasers".... Regards, Bill
  2. Hi all. At various times while trying to start or taxi, the Return to Home/Continue Flying/View Map screen will appear for no apparent reason, without me prompting it to open by clicking the Esc key. This problem is isolated to my Turbo Commander 690B. Have any of you experienced this problem with this aircraft? My second issue is related to the NTS Test Switch. When I perform the test on the NTS system, the NTS warning lights illuminate when they aren't supposed to during the test. First of all, what is the NTS system. Secondly, Has anyone else had this problem. Thirdly, how can the problem I am facing be rectified?
  3. Hello everyone! I will attempt to keep this short, I'm truly thankful for anyone who might have an idea on how I can proceed. Setup: FSX Acceleration Honeycomb Yoke; Saitek/Logitech flight panels (Multi, Radio, Switch) using the original NEXT drivers; CH Pro Pedals and x2 Throttle quadrants - all connected via a 3.0 Powered USB Hub to a laptop FSUIPC - all controls are assigned through FSUIPC and assignments removed from FSX controls menu Carenado 690B v1.2 Known issue: Engine 1 and/or 2 failures (never simultaneously), mainly on the ground but also in the air. (mainly on the ground because that's where I stay) Supporting Data: The FSUIPC Log shows the follow every time this occurs (example for ENG2): *** EVENT: Cntrl= 65992 (0x000101c8), Param= 1 (0x00000001) MIXTURE2_LEAN *** EVENT: Cntrl= 65988 (0x000101c4), Param= 1 (0x00000001) MIXTURE2_RICH Hypothesis: When the above happens the engine fails, I believe I have also seen the Condition lever "bump" in the Virtual Cockpit View to Emergency Cut Off then back and bounce back to where it was.... at this point I can restart the engine BUT the length of time before it happens again is seconds to minutes. I believe preventing the mixture change to "LEAN" this the key to stopping this issue. Attempted changes (none with positive results) : Full reinstall; Bill's v5 Mod (do I also need v1-v4 or is everything included in v5?); unassigned mixture 1 and 2 to throttle quadrants; disabled/enabled axes filtering in FSUIPC... there are so many variables I have also run FSX without any external controls plugged in (flown with only a keyboard) and there were no issues. I also had a flight without any failures using all the controls.... I'm dumbfounded what to try next.
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