Avro ARJ FAQ

 

 

Contents:

 

Installation FAQ's

FAQ's about the Autopilot

Aircraft and Engine Control FAQ's

FAQ's about other Gauges

Other questions about the Avro ARJ Panel

 

 

 

Installation FAQ's

 

 

"Do I need FSUIPC.dll for this panel?"

 

No! The complete panel based fully on FS2004 and FS2002 variables and did not require any FSUIPC function.

 

 

 

"Could I used the included replacement FDE's for Jon Murchison's BAe 146 and ARJ also in FS2002?"


Yes, I think this is possible. Just try it.

 

 

 

"Why takes it such a long time to load the aircraft and the panel?"
 

When loading the first thing the panel do is to deactivate the Flight simulator systems (especially the electrical system) then this panels itís own systems for the electricity, the fuel system and the hydraulics. This takes a while but it will not brake down the frames as it is just necessary one time when loading the panel.

 

 

 

"After installing the panel almost all of the gauges are missing!"

 

The reason is, that you didnít unzip the Ml_ARJv40.cab into the gauges folder or you have completely unzipped the files of the cab file into the gauges folder. Do not unzip the cab file itself. The Flight simulator unzips this cab file automatically when he needs it. Just take care, that the file is in your gauges folder!

 

 

 

FAQ's about the Autopilot

 

 

"How could I control the autopilot and the radios with my hardware?"

 

Unfortunately this is not possible as I had to use standard variables for the complete radios and the autopilot. Itís not possible yet to control custom variables with any hardware at the moment.

 

 

 

"I just could set heading in 10 degree steps"


There could be two reasons for this problem. The first reason is that the problem is caused from FSUIPC.dll. If you are using this module there's an easy way to solve this problem. Just activate "Fix Control Acceleration" somewhere in the FSUIPC menu.

The second reason is that the problem is caused from a calibration of your joystick while the Flightsimultor is running. It seems that sometimes this calibration from within the Flightsimular also results a loss of the HDG or ALT setting in single steps. To solve this first disable the joystick and exit the game. After this unplug your joystick and uninstall the joystick software and joystick drivers and reinstall them again. Plug in your joystick when prompted by the oftware installtion program until all drivers and progams are installed. After this you should be able again to set the heading in single steps.

 

 

 

"I could not activate the autopilot on ground"


Yes, thatís correct. The autopilot could just be used when youíre airborne. However the Flight Director also works on ground.

 

 

 

"Why do I have such strange climbing rates with the TRP?"


The reason for this is not because of the panel but because of the flight dynamics of the aircraft youíre using. The TRP uses real world values for the two climbing modes climb norm and climb max. Some FS aircraft models have too much power in lower altitudes. Because of this you have a very high climbing rate when activating the TRP climb modes. If you are using Jon Murchisonís, Mike Stoneís or Paul Hannity's ARJ, please replace the flightdynamics with the included ones. This should solve your problem.

 

 

 

"Could I use a separate navigation gauge (GPS) or FSNavigator to control the ARJ autopilot?"


Yes, since version 4.2 this is possible with the ARJ panel. Unfortunately only for FS2004 users.

 

 

 

"How could I fly a standard MS flightplan?"


To activate the standard Flight Simulator flightplan, the autopilot must be engaged. It is now very important FIRST to activate VOR/LOC and then LNAV. After that, the ARJ autopilot follows the standard flightplan.

 

 

 

 

Aircraft and Engine Control FAQ's

 


"Is it possible to start the engines with the FS autostart Strg+E?"


No this is not possible. You have to go through the complete start-up procedure to activate the panel.

 

 

 

"Why does the throttle in the pedestal panel sometimes jumps up and down?"


tís because you are using a hardware throttle. When using a hardware throttle, the flight simulator always tries to capture the position of your hardware throttle. Thatís not really a problem because the AT has a higher priority but it didnít looks very nice. To solve this, just move your hardware throttle to a position which is almost equal to the AT throttle position. But as written, itís not really necessary as the AT controls the thrust all the time when itís active.

 

 

 

"I couldnít activate the reverse thrust!"


Well, the reason for this is simple. The ARJ and BAe 146 didnít have any reverse thrust.

 

 

 

"The EPR gauge shows always zero also when the engines are running."


Some Avro ARJ aircraft did not have the necessary EPR entry in the airfile. If you are using Jon Murchisonís aircraft please use the included airfile which correct this.

 

 

 

"I could not switch on or off the HP fuel cut-off switch in the pedestal panel."


It's just possible to switch the fuel cut-off switches if th throttles are in the Idle position. If the fuel cocks are closed (switch is off) and you are using a hardware throttle, you couldn't see the real position of the throttles in the panel. Please take care that your throttle is moved back to the zero position. Sometimes it could also be that your throttle calibration is not correct. When you load the pedestal panel and you move the mouse over the throttle or over one of the throttle movement areas (not directly over the fuel cutoff switches!) you should not read more than 9% in the tooltip text. If you read more than 9% you should recalbibrate the zero position of your throttle.

 

 

 

"When I change the screen mode of the Flightsimulator, the engines always shut-down. Is there a way to delete this?"


This could happen when you still use version 4.0 for FS2004. Please update your FS2004 panel to version 4.1. When you are using the panel in FS2002, please open the panel.cfg with Notepad for example and delete the entry: " gauge51=Ml_ARJv402K!Dark_Cockpit, 1025,125,10,10" from it. This prevents a shutdown of the engines.

 

 

 

FAQ's about other Gauges

 

 

"All Instruments are off when starting the panel!"


For FS2002 that's correct. Please read the start-up procedure or the checklist to activate all gauges. When using version 4.1 for FS2004, the cockpit loads cold and dark only for the very first time. After that, the panel saves your last cockpit configuration. If you leave the panel cold and dark, it starts cold and dark. Leaving the panel with everything on, all systems were active and the engines are running when you load the panel again.

 

 

 

"Why are both displays (PFD and ND) dark while all other instruments are working?"


Thatís because you may forgot to switch on the EFIS displays. The PFD and ND have an own Master Switch below the ND. Just switch it on and you could see the displays.

 

 

 

"The gauges stays dark after deactivating the panel flood light."


This happens because the main panel bitmap with all gauges will not refresh sometimes. To solve this just switch on and off or off and on the gauge lights.

 

 

 

"I could not hear any warning sound of the MWS annunciators"


This because you are still using FS2002. The new cockpit sounds just work in FS2004. Unfortunately it was not possible to realize gauges with own sounds for FS2002.

 

 

 

Other questions about the Avro ARJ Panel

 

 

"Is it possible to save a situation and the switch positions?"


Yes, this is possible with FS2004 and since version 4.1 of the ARJ panel. Unfortunately this function did not work in FS2002..

 

 

 

"The letters in the overhead panel are too small. I couldnít read them!"


I know this but it was necessary to give the panel a realistic look. For a better handling I recommend to print this manual. Another way is to move the mouse upon the switch or instrument and you will a tootip text which shows you what for the switch or instrument is.

 

 

 

"Is it possible to start the panel with the FS autostart Strg+E?"


No this is not possible. You have to go through the complete start-up procedure to activate the panel or you could use the invisible auto starter of the overhead panel. Please read the corresponding chapter in this manual.

 

 

 

"How could I open the second door or the cargo doors?"


Opening the second aircraft entry or the cargo doors is possible with the standard key command. However there are a few things which are important for this. The cargo doors just could be opened I the fuel cocks in the pedestal panel are opened, the batteries are switched on and at least the DC pump of the hydraulic system is on (brake pressure must be available). After this, the key command work.

 

 

 

"Why is it not possible to activate different throttles with the key command ďE +Ē in flight?"


The reason for this is the complexity of he panel. There are a lot of processes active while flying (FADEC, AP commands, system commands, Ö) which have to use standard MSFS key commands. Because of this, the second key command gets lost. Nevertheless there is a solution for this problem if itís necessary for you to use key sequences in flight. Just download and install ďrcbse-10.zipĒ from Rob Barendregt. This file could be found on Avsim or Flightsim.com and should solve the problem.

 

 

 

"Why do I hear the click sound of the switches for more than one time?"


This is a problem of the click sound gauge of FS2002. Unfortunately it was not possible to create own sound gauges for the old Flight Simulator. Because of this I had to use a custom C gauge for the click sounds. Sometimes this custom gauge generates multiple click sounds. Thereís no possibility for me to solve this at the moment. In FS2004 this problem should not happen.

 

 

 

"How could I restore the original cold and dark situation?"  (FS2004 only)


The original cold and dark cockpit situation is saved in the file ML_ARJv40_Config.ini. This file will always be modified when leaving the ARJ panel. To restore the original cold and dark cockpit situation, just unzip the file ML_ARJv40_Config.ini once again into the gauges folder when the Flight Simulator is not running.