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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:16 pm 
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Hi. Just wondering if you can work out from the log what is going wrong. When I fly with this B777 (XP), firstly, no matter what mode I choose, the frequencies do not automatically change, I have to set each one manually. That's not a huge problem in itself (except that I am used to this happening to keep getting 'caught out'!).

However, as happened occasionally with some FS9 aircraft, after reaching my first assigned altitude (5000 here). ATC doesn't ask me to climb higher. I have tried this on a number of flights and I am left at that first, low altitude for the whole flight if I leave it. If, after a time, I check in with ATC manually, the pilot reports 'out of 5000 for 33000'... but if I climb towards 33000', I am soon told by ATC to maintain 5000.

Any way to 'fix' this? Thanks.

Martin

(Still getting 'maintain heading 360' (or whatever) error BTW.. after which ATC goes quiet for the rest of the flight. I think this is due to be fixed in an upcoming update?).


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:27 pm 
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Is the problem possibly that I missed changing the ATC frequency at one stage and things got out of sync? Especially after take-off there's a lot going on for one pilot and getting to the radio to change the frequency manually doesn't always happen in time.

Maybe for now I should stick to the basic COMM mode, where there's no auto reply by the VCP.

If the automatic frequency change can be made to work in this a/c, great. Having one a/c that behaves differently from the rest can cause mistakes if you're not 100% 'on the ball' 100% of the time!


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:16 pm 
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Is the problem possibly that I missed changing the ATC frequency at one stage and things got out of sync? Especially after take-off there's a lot going on for one pilot and getting to the radio to change the frequency manually doesn't always happen in time.
There was a five-minute lapse between the time you were told to contact Departure and the time you did so, and that may well have thrown the altitude routine out of sync.
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04/04/2018 21:44:24: 980 - Transcript: 'Saudia 773 Contact departure on 123.6 '
04/04/2018 21:49:39: 160 - Transcript: 'Departure Saudia 773 Out of 5 thousand for Flight Level 330 '
It looks like the comm frequency did not change to Departure until just before you made contact, so if the comm frequency changes will not work with this particular third-party aircraft you may need to do it manually.

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(Still getting 'maintain heading 360' (or whatever) error BTW.. after which ATC goes quiet for the rest of the flight. I think this is due to be fixed in an upcoming update?).
I think this bug occurs in rare situations, after you have received clearance for an approach at pilot's discretion. See the following for a workaround until it gets fixed:

viewtopic.php?f=8&t=2808#p17149

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2018 5:35 pm 
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Thanks. I flew another flight with this a/c and it is sure that PF3 is unable to change the radio frequencies. So, if I remember to leave PF3 on Mode 0 or Mode 1, there shouldn't be too much of a problem - so long as I remember to switch the radios myself.

As for the 'maintain heading' issue (that was my thread you linked to - I hadn't seen the workaround you posted: I often find that ATC never replies after I get the maintain heading instruction, but I'll give it a go) - I guess Dave M is going to deal with it in the next update... (any idea when that might be?).

Martin


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