Saitek Radio Panel Settings

radiopanel3On the Saitek Radio Panel you see 2 identical rows: the upper row and the lower row.
Each row has:

  • a 7 step operating mode selector: COM1, COM2, NAV1, NAV2, ADF, DME and XPDR;
  • an active and a stand by frequency display;
  • an inner knob and an outer knob to tune the required frequencies;
  • an ACT/STDBY switch for switching frequencies and for moving the marker point when using XPDR (use right press XPDR DIGIT)

I suggest you’re sitting in a C172 on the airport EHEH, active runway 04; OK? Else start FSX, activate SPAD with your radio panel connected. Open the SPAD by double clicking the icon in your system tray. Select the RadioPanel 1 tab. And of course you have created a Profile called: Cessna and linked your C172 to it.
Now set the upper selector to COM1 and tune your COM1 radio to frequency 126,025 MHz; the outer knob changes the frequency in steps of 1 MHz; the inner knob makes steps of 25 kHz. When done, swap it to the active display by pressing ACT/STBY.  Behind the comma only the first 2 digits are shown.
This is what you get in the speakers and on screen! ATIS EHEH !
We will fly from airport EHEH via NDB EHN then via NDB PH into the ILSDME of RWY06 Left of EHVK …but before we do that, we will heave a closer look into the Setup of the RadioPanel 1:

Press the Setup button and select tab ADF.

Don’t change anything in teh COM and NAV tabs.

There is a choice to display either
DME1 and ADF1 or ADF1 and ADF2.

Select theDME1 – ADF1 mode.

Select the DME tab;
have a look to the 4 different DME settings.
For now leave it to Toggle…

Close with OK

This is a short flightplan from EHEH to EHVK. During the flight we will see the different readings on the displays. This is what you have to tune:

Upper Selector:
Set NAV1 to 110,75 you will need this freq. to get into the glide slope mak it active an set the standby frequency to 108.30 MHz; activate this one on NAV1
Set NAV2 to 117,20 MHz; that’s the TACAN EHV and we will read out the DME from there; activate 117,20 MHz
Lower Selector:
Just for the exercise: switch to XPDR and have a long press on ACT/STBY and see the change from hPa tot inHg; check the XPDR tab;
With a quick press of this button you see the red dot moving in the transponder frequency digits (moves only clockwise)
Switch to ADF and set ADF to 397,00 MHz and switch to DME
Close the Setup screen. OK, all set. Ready for departure…
Full throttle, release brakes! Fly HDG038 and ALT  2700 ft
As soon the aircraft is in the air, and you see figures on the lower display, press Pause.
By cycling through the 3 positions in the DME readings you will see subsequently by pressing short on the ACT/STBY knob:

Left display: DME1 distance to the location belonging to NAV1 and on the
Right display: DME2 distance to the location belonging to NAV2

or 1 DME1 distance  + Speed/time (swap with a long press on ACT/STB)
or 2 DME2 distance  + Speed/time (swap with a long press on ACT/STB)

The NDB 316,00 (PH) is about 8,5 nm from 117,20 (EHV), so release Pause and fly until you see the distance reaches 8,5 (count down)

Your altitude is 2700 ft and we are approaching  the ILS of EHVK
Switch to NAV1 and activate the ILS frequency 110,75
Set Nav2 to 108,30
Set your autopilot to APR and wait until the ILS is established. In the mean time
look at the DME positions what this tells you…
Clear to land…Reduce speed to ~60 knots and set flaps to -20

ATIS         EHEH 126,02
RWY04 TACAN  EHV  117,20
      NDB    EHN  397,00
      NDB    PH   316,00
      ILSDME 6L   110,75
      TACAN  VKL  108,30

spad09to be continued…with a next article about the Saitek Multi Panel, setting the flaps and pitch trim with FSUIPC.