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Installing the Auto Pilot requires very little time. All you need is an unused USB Port. Additional Ports can be added to your computer by using a device called a USB Hub. These Hubs can be purchased for as little as $20.00 in the Internet.
Just plus the USB Cable from the back of the Auto Pilot into the Hub Adapter and let your computer locate and load the required software for its proper operation. The Auto Pilot will be sensed as "USB Joystick". That's all there is to the installation.
Programming the Buttons and Switches
As mentioned earlier, the 2020 does require the licensed version of FSUIPC. This small .dll program resided inside the Module File of your FS2002, FS2004 or FS X Flight Simulator. FSUIPC come is two versions. The FSUIPC 3.75 used for FS98, FS2000, FS2002 and FS2004. While Version FSUIPC4 is used strictly for the New FS X Flight Simulator.
Either one of these programs can be Downloaded Free of charge from:
The Code Key for either program can be purchased from simMarket (A link to simMarket is also provided at the FSUIPC site). The code Key costs about $24.00.
When you download the required FSUIPC program; copy the .dll program to Flight Simulator's "Module" File. That's it. Now it's time to load and run your Flight Simulator Program. When running, click on "Create a Flight". When you have a your Cessna 172 on the Runway, press the "ALT" key. On the TOP of the screen a thin white band of extra options will appear. Click on "Modules"; then "FSUIPC".
Using FSUIPC for the first time, you are asked to input your Name, Email Address and the Code Key you just purchased. When entered correctly, FSUIPC is ready to be programmed for use with your NAV/COM Radio (Note: After inputting your Code Key, you need to Restart Flight Simulator so that the Code Key can take effect.
After reloading your Flight Simulator program; it's time to Program your NAV/COM Radio.
Programming the Auto Pilot Switches
With your copy of FSUIPC Registered; now is the time to program the Auto Pilot. Again, with FS running, hit the "ALT" Key. With the White Band appreaing in the top of the monitor; click "Modules" then "FSUIPC". With the main FSUIPC window showing, locate and click on "Buttons + Switches".
You will get the window appearing above.
There are three main sections of this window that require our attention. They are indicated by the letters "A", "B" and "C". Section "A" shows the Button or Switch that you press and it's USB Port Location. By pressing other buttons on the Radio Panel, these settings will change accordingly. "B" needs to be click. The "Check" Mark needs to remain with ALL Programming. This Check Mark allows you to choose your button assignments from the FSUIPC listing. "C" shows all the assignments available that your Radio Panel can be programmed to.
Now using the TABLE below, we will program each Auto Pilot Rotary Switch and Push Button to the needed functions.
Below is a photo of the front panel of the Auto Pilot. Each Push Button & Rotary Switch is shown by a number. This number (in conjunction with the information in the Settings Table) will show you the which button would need to be "Pushed" or "Turned"
* Note: Push Button #8 "ALT" Settings. Added 09/21/2007
* Note: Push Button #4 "HDG" Settings. Added 10/20/2007
then level off at this heading and maintain level flight.
of the Guage.
I'll take you through the first two programming procedures so you can familiarize yourself with the operation.
The Table above shows that Button #1 is the "Vertical Speed" Rotary Switch on the Panel. The center column shows that Switch #1 is to be "Pressed". The third column shows the function we will program the switch with using FSUIPC.
So with your Auto Pilot Plugged into the USB Port and FS running and showing the FSUIPC window, turn Switch #1 "Clockwise". Notice "A" on the "FSUIPC Options and Settings" Window, it will indicate a USB Port Value and Switch Location. Now make sure that at "B", you have checked "Select for FS Control". Now click on "Control Sent when Button is Pressed" ("C"). Using your mouse, run down the list and find "Ap Vs Var Inc" and highlight this setting. That's it. (If you make a mistake; just click on "CLEAR".
Lets goto the next button.
Now we'll turn the #1 Rotary Switch "Counter Click-wise". Note at "A" there is a new Port Number and Switch displayed. "C" shows a blank window at this time. Again, using your mouse, click and find in the listing of FS Settings; "Ap Vs Var Dec".
Continue the programming process for the remaining switches.
Using your Auto Pilot
With all your switches programmed as shown above; press the "OK" icon. All settings will be saved inside your FS files. And the FSUIPC window will disappear.
With your version of Flight Simulator running, you must firat display the "Radio Stack" on the monitor. This can be done by clicking on the Radio Antenna Icon on the screen or if you purchased our NAV/COM Radio Panel, all you need to do is to press the "Display" Button.
Altitude Hold - With the Radio Stack displayed, lets say we wish to fly our airplane at an altitude of 2000 feet via the Auto Pilot. To do this, all we need to do it to rotate the Rotary Switch Clock-wise (Altitude Hold) until 2000 is seen on the monitor's Radio Stack. To activate the Auto Pilot, just press the "ALT" Button. Your aircraft will now fly at an altitude of 2000 feet. To de-activate the Auto Pilot, just press the "AP" button.
Vertical Speed - This button is used in conjunction with the "Altitude Hold". Vertical speed is the number of feet UP or Down you wish to travel to obtain the desired Altitude. Say you wish "Flight Level" altutude of 2000 feet AGL (Above Ground Level). Your present altitude is 1000 feet. You can use your Auto Pilot to ascend to 2000 feet by first turning the "Altitude Hold" Rotary Selector Switch (Switch #2) Clock-wise until 2000 is displayed on the Radio Stack. Then adjust the "Vertical Speed" Selector Switch Click-wise until it reads +500. Then press the "AP" Button. This setting tells the Auto Pilot to ascend to a final altitude of 2000 feet but at a rate of 500 feet per minute. Using simple math, you can determine that it will take 2 minutes for your aircraft to reach the altitude of 2000 feet.
When reached, the "Vertical Speed" indicator will read "000", thus allowing the plane to level-off at 2000 feet.
Conversly, if you wish to decend to 1000 feet from your flight level altitude of 2000 feet, you can turn the "Vertical Speed" Rotary Selector Switch (Switch #1) Counter Clock-wise until the Radio Stack readout indicates -500 Feet. When you activate the Auto Pilot, your plane will decend at a rate of 500 feet per minute until the desired altitude of 1000 is reached.
Note that Engine RPM is also a factor when ascending and decending even when using the Auto Pilot.
Heading Hold - To HOLD the Heading your aircraft is flying at the present time, just press the "HDG" Button on the Autopilot. If you wish to change your heading while the Autopilot is activated, just turn the Compass Gauge's "HDG" Setting Knob until the "Heading BUG" indicates the new heading. While adjusting the new Heading, the Autopilot will start "banking" to this new direction. When the "Heading BUG" is centered at the top of your Compass Gauge, the Auto Pilot will bring "wings-level" flight back to your aircraft at the selected Heading. If you re-adjust the "Heading Bug" to a new heading while the Auto Pilot in engaged, your airplane will again bank to the desired heading. To disengage the "Heading Hold", you can press the "HDG" Button again or press the "AP" Button.
This is just a small sample of what your Auto Pilot can do. For more information on using the Auto Pilot features for your version of your Flight Simulator, you can goto the "Instructional" Page of the Flight Sim Program.
Please note that FSUIPC places a 1/4 second delay between pressing a button and seeing results on your Monitor. So rotating SW #1 and SW #2 F A S T will have NO Effect on the digital display. Slow rotation of the Rotary Switch is more desirable then speeding through the dial. Besides, racing through the settings will shorten the life of the rotary switches.A
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