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Topic # 15362 18-Aug-2007 11:36
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Hi Flight Sim fans,

I cannot get the Flight Director to work properly on A320 and 737 planes that come with FSX. All the other planes I can get the Flight Director to work. When cruising, I set the switch to GPS and press the NAV button. When I land, I switch to NAV and Approach.

This method doesn't work with A320 and 737 planes. The Flight Director just remains static.  HELP!:)

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  Reply # 82818 18-Aug-2007 11:59
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Set the knob "up" - If the knob is "down" you'll get problems such as this.



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  Reply # 82819 18-Aug-2007 12:05
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russjones: Set the knob "up" - If the knob is "down" you'll get problems such as this.


Thanks for your reply. When you say the "knob", which one do you mean? I have set one knob to NAV and LOC button pressed. The flight director still does not move.

 
 
 
 


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Reply # 83041 20-Aug-2007 20:47
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Unfortunately the flight director (FD) doesn't seem to work properly unless the autopilot is also engaged (AP).

Not sure if you've figured out the AP of the A320 so here is a quick guide.

After airborne, adjust the Speed cursor, Altitude alert and the heading selector to appropriate values. If you mouse hover over the knobs rudimentary instructions are displayed. engage the AP and then ATHR (auto thrust). Now click on the speed button, right in the middle of it. There should be some pop up title that says something like "speed hold on". On your PFD the green "speed" appears, this means that the ATHR is now controlling your speed, and manual throttle changes have no effect. click the HDG and ALTITUDE knobs for heading and altitude hold. These words also appear on the PFD. The AP will conduct climbs or descents to a preselected value but only in a vertical speed mode, which can be adjusted.

The LOC button seems to intercept and track a VOR radial. But I couldn't get the APPR mode to work. It should capture and track an ILS approach. As long as an ILS freq is tuned.

The AP of the 737 works in a similar fashion.

Shame that the FD doesn't work, however when flying an Airbus by hand the FD is normally turned off anyway.

Hope that helps. If you have any other questions, I'll try to help.

Happy aviating.



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  Reply # 83057 20-Aug-2007 21:28
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layman: Unfortunately the flight director (FD) doesn't seem to work properly unless the autopilot is also engaged (AP).

Not sure if you've figured out the AP of the A320 so here is a quick guide.

After airborne, adjust the Speed cursor, Altitude alert and the heading selector to appropriate values. If you mouse hover over the knobs rudimentary instructions are displayed. engage the AP and then ATHR (auto thrust). Now click on the speed button, right in the middle of it. There should be some pop up title that says something like "speed hold on". On your PFD the green "speed" appears, this means that the ATHR is now controlling your speed, and manual throttle changes have no effect. click the HDG and ALTITUDE knobs for heading and altitude hold. These words also appear on the PFD. The AP will conduct climbs or descents to a preselected value but only in a vertical speed mode, which can be adjusted.

The LOC button seems to intercept and track a VOR radial. But I couldn't get the APPR mode to work. It should capture and track an ILS approach. As long as an ILS freq is tuned.

The AP of the 737 works in a similar fashion.

Shame that the FD doesn't work, however when flying an Airbus by hand the FD is normally turned off anyway.

Hope that helps. If you have any other questions, I'll try to help.

Happy aviating.


Hey!  Good to hear from a Flight Sim enthusiast!

Your instructions describe what I have been doing all along.  So from the looks of it it is a Flight Sim issue?  I was beginning to think I just didn't know how to fly the 737 and A320 properly!  Haha.  The FD works when the autopilot is engaged, but doesn't when flying by hand.  It is very annoying because without the FD it is difficult to fly.

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