Anyone able to help please? I attach another log file... It seems to me that in Mode 2 (as I have said) things are not always happening as they should be.
For instance, when en route and ATC says for the a/c to contact a different centre, (giving the frequency), in Mode 2 I would expect the frequency to change and the contact to be made automatically by the VCP, and mostly it does so: but I notice that sometimes no verbal contact is made, even if PF3 does change the frequency. I have to press the appropriate key myself, as if I were in Mode 1. There is at least one instance of that, possibly more, in this log file (I don't know if you can see the difference between a PF3 input and a user key input from the log?). I always have the COM window open on a separate monitor so that I can check on what is being said by ATC (and the Remote Text window too, so I can check the pilot's replies), BTW.
On this flight, having been asked to contact Frankfurt tower when established, nothing happened once again. I have another question about this though - maybe
in this case I was a little premature when I changed the frequency/made contact with ATC 'manually' myself, as if I were in Mode 1: I was getting close to the glideslope and still no frequency change and subsequent contact with the tower had been made, so I did it myself... But at what point (i.e. what is the trigger) does PF3 register the aircraft as being 'established', and (in Mode 2) switch to the indicated frequency and have the VCP contact the tower? If I know exactly when this is supposed
to occur, it will be easier to know when things might not be happening as they are supposed to and to do 'the necessary' manually, before it's too late for a nice approach and landing...
Any clues from the logs I have uploaded as to why I have this recurring issue?
I use Mode 2 all the time. When I get instruction to change frequency, the CP acknowledges the instruction. The frequency changes in the radio, and then it is up to me to contact the next controller by hitting the 0 key (
or whatever you are using to contact controller). If I fail to do this, then eventually PF3 gives up, ( Pilot error)
When I get instruction to contact tower when on final, I am given the frequency of the tower> It is then up to me,
when established on the GS, to switch to tower Frequency
and hit the 1 key to ask for landing clearance. Most of the time I contact the tower even before I am on G/S, around 10 miles out, and the tower will say something like " Continue approach you are number 1 for landing. Once that happens, the next thing the tower will do when you are on short final is clear you to land.