Multi Panel


 


Autopilot
There’s not much to explain about autopilot section of the Multi Panel.
Select a position from ALT-VS-IAS-HDG-CRS using the Mode Selector.
Change the value of the selected function with the rotary knob.
Use the backlit buttons to engage/disengage the autopilot mode you need.

Acceleration value of the Rotary knob.
Best results are achieved fine tuning the rotary knob acceleration values. Each mode (ALT, VS, IAS, HDG and CRS) has its own acceleration value.
Try by yourself the best values that suite your needs. Consider, as a starting point, that ALT and IAS normally work better with a certain amount of acceleration.
VS works better without acceleration.

AUTO THROTTLE OFF/ARM
Pay attention to Auto Throttle. Multi Panel AT switch is not spring loaded, so it stays on the last position regardless the simulator has disengaged it.

FLAPS UP/DOWN
Flaps steps are automatic and set by the aircraft is use. If you need you can reverse the flaps.

PITCH TRIM DN/UP
Note: since this is a wheel, it suggests that the function is like an axis. However it is a switch function, so whenever you start to experiment wit FSUIPC4 this will not work with the axes in FSUIPC.
The Pitch Trim wheel is the Multi Panel most valueable feature. With a good setup you can achieve a very realistic and comfortable pitch trim wheel.
Default Saitek driver lacks in sensitivity, so it’s impossible to set the trim very precisely.
SPAD let you set wheel sensitivity and acceleration, sensitivity is the single step trim value. The higher the sensitivity the smaller the single step.
Set trim sensitivity and acceleration to best suite your needs, consider that fast jet planes (like military fighters) work better with lower sensitivity and medium-high acceleration. Small single prop GA aircrafts like higher sensitivity and medium acceleration. Your mileage may vary.

CUSTOMIZING PANEL SWITCHES FUNCTIONS
Every switch, button or rotary knob is configurable. Every panel, even of the same type, has its own configuration, so it’s possible to setup different function to the same button of different panel.

Possible functions are:

  1. No Event: ‘No Event’ should be self explanatory. By default the panel functions selectors are set to ‘No Event’. 
  2. FSUIPC Offset Change: ‘FSUIPC Offset Change’ means that Spad internal logic is used to manage the given function. Spad writes directly into Flight Simulator using FSUIPC. 
  3. FSUIPC Virtual Button: ‘FSUIPC Virtual Button’ is a particular feature offered by FSUIPC. Basically it’s a virtual joystick buttons management. Pros of this function are the high number of buttons available (288) and the ability to work even if Flight Simulator application has not the focus on it. Cons is the speed. If you need to map rotary knobs functions the best way is to use keyboard emulation which is much faster. FSUIPC Virtual button requires the registered version of FSUIPC. 
  4. Keyboard Emulation: ‘Keyboard Emulation’ is all about sending keystrokes to Flight Simulator. Pay attention, if Flight Simulator is not the active application (in example if you are working with your charts) this function will not work.

FSUIPC Virtual Buttons and Keyboard Emulation require the proper setup into Flight Simulator.

One of the best ways to integrate function not mapped on short keys or FSUIPC action is to use Mouse Macros.
Please refer to FSUIPC documentation to learn how to use Mouse Macros.

To use a virtual button simply select the virtual joystick number and the related virtual button number.

These numbers coincide with the ones you can find in FSUIPC interface.

Use “Send button to Flight Sim” for quick data entry programming FSUIPC.

To program keyboard emulation key click get keys and follow the guide prompted in the popup window:

SPECIAL MODES

The Maddog has no customizable options. When Maddog Special Mode is active please use only your Multipanel to set Heading, Course, Altitude, IAS and Vertical Speed.

NAV1 and NAV2 Radio Panel mode is also tweaked when Special Mode is active to emulate MD-8x Nav radios (no active/standby switch).

Activating the Maddog Special Mode any setting applied to the Multipanel are overridden with exceptions for the flaps and the trim wheel.

This is the function mapping:

SPECIAL MODES PMDG NGX

PMDG Boeing 737 NGX
The NGX is a much more sophisticated “Special Mode” offering room for many customizations.

It’s possible to assign any 737 MCP button to each Multipanel button, so you can choose the most useful MCP functions you need.

Using both Short and Long-Click it’s possible to map 16 MCP buttons to the Multipanel.
Buttons backlit is linked to the function bound with Short-Click, so take care to choose short-click for those function where backlit is needed.

Course 1 or 2 is also selectable; this is useful if you own more Multipanels.

Acceleration sliders has different effects using the NGX Special Mode, the NGX manage the increments by itself, so a kind of acceleration in already embedded and, as far as we know, it’s not customizable.

Finally, consider that when the NGX Special Mode is active all functions are still overridable!

So be sure that “FSUIPC Offset Change” is set for each Multipanel function (unless you’re searching some special setup).

For example: using a yoke quadrant lever for the flaps frees the Multipanel flap switch for other functions (may be the landing light bar ?).
Same consideration is valid for the trim wheel, which could be used for the V/S MCP wheel as well).

For other specific SPAD Multi Panel Configuration settings read one of the articles.