PMDG 737 NGX – Landing Gear


After a number of basic articles explaining how to use SPAD and the Saitek Panels, we now want to dig in the useability of SPAD with PMDG and especially the landing gear function on the Saitek Switch Panel

pmdgspad01This is your departure: Start FSX with the Saitek Panels connected, activate SPAD or else, if you have told SPAD to warn you when a new aircraft is launched, you get this picture:

In SPAD the Default Profile is chosen. Say OK for now. First we will add a new profile for using SPAD with PMDG.

  1. Double click the SPAD icon in the system tray.
  2. Select the General tab and then Manage Profiles where you activate the tab Aircrafts
  3. You will find the line Boeing 737-800NGX PMDG House. OK?
  4. Now activate the tab Profiles and create a profile named Boeing737800NGX (without spaces or special char’s!)
  5. Close with OK, activate tab Aircrafts, double click your Boeing 737-800NGX PMDG House, select the new made profile from the drop down menu and close with OK.
  6. Close the Profiles Configuration screen with the “X” or Alt+F4
  7. The profile in use is now indicating  Boeing737800NGX
  8. When at this point there is no indications on the 3 panels, Quit SPAD, re-connect the USB connectors of the panels  (listen to the Windows Sound Identification of Hardware Disconnected/Connected) and then re-activate SPAD again.When successful at this stage, you have this:
  9. pmdgspad02Get the PMDG airborne (Y F4 Y and stabilize at ~FL100) Press Pause and get in View-Outside -Spot…Landing Gear is still down..oeps…
  10. You have FSUIPC installed and registered.
  11. Get in FSX->Add-ons->FSUIPC->Buttons + Switches tab-> check box Profile specific? Check! Profile attached. Read the menu line FSUIPC Options and Settings – PMDG800
  12. Double click the SPAD icon in your system tray, select SwitchPanel 1 tab and select the Setup button.
  13. In SPAD press Gear Up button and set virtual Button N to “0”
  14. Set Event when switched OFF to No Event and
  15. Set Event when Switched ON bullet to FSUIPC Virtual Button ( 64, 0 ) and press the Click button
  16. In the FSUIPC menu the check box Select for FS Control is now checked and in the drop down menu below Control sent when button pressed you select Gear Up
  17. Next step…
  18. In SPAD press Gear Down button and set virtual Button N to “1”
  19. Set Event when switched OFF to No Event and
  20. Set Event when Switched ON bullet to FSUIPC Virtual Button ( 64, 1 ) and press the Click button
  21. In the FSUIPC menu the check box Select for FS Control is now checked and in the drop down menu below Control sent when button pressed you select Gear Down
  22. Close all screen and check the working of the landing gear.
  23. IMPORTANT: MAKE A LIST OF USED VIRTUAL JOYSTICK NUMBERS VS. VIRTUAL BUTTON NUMBERS AND THE FUNCTIONS ATTACHED. YOU CAN ONLY LINK THEM ONCE TO A FUNCTION!