Run the included automatic setup tool (SetupSpad.exe). Before using SPAD you must uninstall all previous installed Saitek drivers.
SPAD is not compatible with UAC (User Account Control).
If you want to run SPAD on Windows Vista or Seven you have to either disable UAC or run SPAD with Administrator rights (right click and select “Run as Administrator”).
OR: right click on the spad.exe file and select Troubleshoot compatibility. Let it run as Vista SP2. You can check the properties of the file > Compatibility tab
You must connect the Saitek modules to on board USB.: Radio Panel(s), Switch Panel and Multi Panel. All other: TPM, TQ, Trim wheel can be connected to the USB positions of the Yoke.
Check in the device manager if the Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power checkbox is UNCHECKED ! …and check ALL the HID interfaces.
WORKING WITH PROFILES
Using profiles you can bind specific settings for each aircraft you use. When Spad is running for the first time, only 1 profile is available called “Default”.
Profiles are managed directly from this main window:
Press the button Manage Profiles.
Here you can add the profiles you need and bind your aircraft to the correct profile double clicking the desired aircraft.
Aircraft cannot be added to the list since the list is populated automatically when a new aircraft is used in Flight Simulator.
If the option “When a new aircraft is detected …ask for a profile to bind” is selected, you’ll be prompted every time a new aircraft is loaded for the first time.
In this window you can select an existing profile or type in a brand new profile name.
If a new profile is selected it will be filled with default values. The next time this aircraft is used the profile will be selected automatically. You can set the current profile from the main SPAD window as well.
In the beginning…there is one -default- profile which is shown in the Profiles List. Next to the Profiles tab, you will find the detected aircraft with an overview in the Aircraft List. When you single left click subsequently on the aircraft, you can read the profile that is assigned to this aircraft.
When you double click an aircraft you can change the link to its profile. When there is only the default profile you must make a profile before you can attach an aircraft to it.
So, back to the previous window and select Add new Profile which profile name must be inserted in the pop-up window. Close with OK, the new profile will be listed. Now go back to the Aircraft tab, double click your Cessna and attach it to the profile as required.
Note: no spaces or special characters!
If you want to bind a PMDG NGX to a (new) profile, set the radio bullet to PMDG NGX and press Add new Profile in the SPAD Profile Configuration window. After that action you can address the functions in the Multi Panel Configuration window.
BACKLIT INFORMATION PANEL
The BIP is the only panel that doesn’t work without configuration. There’s no default so you have to setup which “tiles” are installed on your BIP. Press the Setup button and you will enter the BIP Panel Configuration page.
First you have to select which “tile” you want to edit by clicking on it.
Currently selected tile is highlighted with a thicker border –> When a “tile” is selected the lower part ot the window shows detail about the currently selected tile.
Let’s explore in what happens selecting the FUEL LOW tile in the first tile.
“Tiles” functions are grouped by sections like: Engines, Fuel, Gear and so on.
When a function is clicked the description frame shows a brief description of what that function does.
If description starts with “Custom tile” means the selected tile is not included in the standard set. Meaning you have to build it by yourself.
“Standard mode supported “ means the function is read through FSUIPC so it should be available to standard aircrafts, this mode is used when no “Special mode” is active.
“NGX mode supported” means the function is read through the PMDG NGX SDK so it’s available when NGX “Special mode” is active in current profile.
If a function has a tunable threshold the range is described here.
The threshold slider is shown only if the selected function is threshold based.
The “Tile Color” buttons are shown only for standard (not combined ) tiles.
Combined tiles use more color for the same function: for example see: LEFT GEAR
In previous example we have set the first tile to turn on yellow light if the total fuel level drops below 15%.
Some annunciator panel lights are related to discrete events like DOOR WARNING or PITOT HEAT. Other are related to changing values. Let’s take ENG OIL TEMP by example.
ENG OIL TEMP turns on if the engine oil is hot. But what does “hot” mean ? It depends on the aircraft specs, “hot” may have different values on a Cessna 172 or on a Boeing 737.
This is the reason for thresholds.
In this example we can see the ENG OIL TEMP case.
Description tells us than the threshold scales from 0°C to 200°C.
We set a 65% threshold, this means that the light is switched on (yellow) when oil temperature exceeds 130°C (65% of 200°C) which is correct for a Cessna C172.
Using a Boeing 737 the correct value would be 82% (164°C).
Run-time error ‘5’
This error is caused by calling a non PMDG aircraft into an empty profile in PMDG NGX special mode.
Multi panel: digits don’t show up;