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Review: Thrustmaster Airbus TCA Review

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     –  Last edited by Taku; Tue 10 Jan, 2023 1:28 AM.
    Nice writeup. I am currently reviewing airplane crash investigations, and seeing a setup like this is both impressive and haunting. Without ever trying, after all of the reading and viewing that I have done, I know that 1) Turn the autopilot on/off depending on its current setting. 2) Go full thrust. 3) Flaps up/down depending on current setting. 4) NEVER let the FO fly in an emergency. 5) Never fly a B737 or an A310. 😁

    I just wish I had the funds to set up a simulation rig.

    As a question, couldn't one of the sidestick buttons be mapped to the Autopilot? That's what Airbus does. Big, red button on top of the stick is the AP toggle.
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    #3
    A very good setup.
    And it works with p3d and x plane too.
    When you set it up plug and play, it works excact with the a320 neo standard installed in msfs 2020 but if you use the fbw version of the a320, then you need to tweak it a little in the settings
    Also for the spoilers, it has a retract function that can be set up as “armed”. Then you have that one too Wink
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    Nice writeup. I am currently reviewing airplane crash investigations, and seeing a setup like this is both impressive and haunting. Without ever trying, after all of the reading and viewing that I have done, I know that 1) Turn the autopilot on/off depending on its current setting. 2) Go full thrust. 3) Flaps up/down depending on current setting. 4) NEVER let the FO fly in an emergency. 5) Never fly a B737 or an A310. 😁

    I just wish I had the funds to set up a simulation rig.

    As a question, couldn't one of the sidestick buttons be mapped to the Autopilot? That's what Airbus does. Big, red button on top of the stick is the AP toggle.
    You could setup a button for the autopilot connect/disconnect as I've done that to the red button on mine.

    It's more to use the actual controls e.g. turn on a specific function, adjust it etc.

    Some of the rigs you see online are both amazing and terrifying when they mention the cost of it.
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    You could setup a button for the autopilot connect/disconnect as I've done that to the red button on mine.

    It's more to use the actual controls e.g. turn on a specific function, adjust it etc.

    Some of the rigs you see online are both amazing and terrifying when they mention the cost of it.
    The red button is also set standard to autopilot for this one. But autopilot in the Airbus 320 is not just pressing a button, you also have to program your FMS computer, your hdg and alt settings and your autothrottle has to be set correctly too.

    To be as realistic as can be, then you almost need an actual pilot training Wink
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    Well, the autopilot and the autothrottles on the Airbus are separate animals (if the accident reports are to be believed). But yeah, programming the autopilot takes a lot more than just a toggle switch. I thought that the AP was software-based, in the sim, not the hardware. Because at the point where you get dials and switches? You might as well call Tucson and buy a cockpit from Dodson's. 😋
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    The autothrottle can be seen both seperate as combined with the autopilot. It is how you set your throttle, that the autopilot knows what to do with your speed. You have the climb position, flex position, take of and go around position, so it is not just there to throttle up or down the engines like a car Wink
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