I'm new here.
What a great site! I too have had the logbook disaster that seems to have hit a few people. This forum helped me out big time!
A quick question for any of you kind folk who might know...
I recently installed a Saitek X52 Pro (which is brilliant) but have had a few problems with the fact that me flaps work whilst on the ground, but once I'm airborne it's a very different story! I'm becoming a bit of an expert in higher speed & sweating like a pig landings.
Anyone able to offer some advice?
Thanks in anticipation.
See if they work with the keyboard rather than the stick key assignment.
If so then you'll know if it's the stick or some other problem.
The keyboard commands are in the same boat. Working on the ground, but not up top. Do you think it could be a software or coding problem?
In any case, I think I can confidently say that, if anyone can get you on the ground, it's me at the moment!!
Still having fun. FSX is unreal and the X52 has to be experienced to be believed!
If it's just this one aircraft I wouldn't worry about it.
Try a few of the default aircraft.
I'm working my way through them. The defaults' systems seem to work, but the outside animation doesn't.
Considering I'm able to put the F18 down with no flaps, I might try a short field landing in a 737!
Got to say - I have a fair bit of experience on FS9 & FSX and they're both brilliant, but isn't FSX high maintenance!?
Nearly as bad as my ex-wife!!!
FSX won't deploy flaps above certain air speeds. For instance my bird dog and the C-172 won't deploy flaps above 100kts, the Moony Bravo above 120kts. The flap indicator will indicate deployed, but flaps won't come out till air speed falls below max flap speeds. Different max flap speeds for different classes of airplanes. You COULD have an addon that FSX doesn't recognize, so won't put into a class or you aren't slowing down enough for the class FSX has your airplane in.
Having been through all the FSX aircraft and having no add ons, it seems that the flaps really don't want to work.
The silver lining is that it's really improving my landing technique!!!
I think I'll have to uninstall the Saitek drivers and reinstall, then see what happens.
Thanks to both of you for taking the trouble to try to sort this out for me.
me flaps work whilst on the ground, but once I'm airborne it's a very different story!
The keyboard commands are in the same boat. Working on the ground, but not up top.
It seems to me that if your joystick or the keyboard cause the flaps to operate normally during preflight runup but not once airborne it couldn't be a controller issue.
I expect you will want to get the stick working eventually after all it cost money. FSX is aggressive about plug and play USB controllers. Once windows recognizes a controller, when FSX starts it will choose an FSX default controller driver for that controller if you havn't installed one. I plugged in a CH flightstick and FSX installed a default FSX driver for it before I installed the CH controller manager. I didn't like the way FSX default handled the controller, (was no hatswitch view slew function).
Uninstalling the Saitek drivers and UNPLUGING the stick would be a good diagnostic, remember to go into control panels and reset inputs & button assignments back to FSX defaults, then try flaps in the air.
If flaps work in the air then I suggest getting the current stick drivers from Saitek's website. A word of advice, be sure FSX is using the newly installed driver, not FSXs default.
I'm not great with computers, but I'll give it a try. Wish me luck!
Just a quick update for the both of you, as you so kindly offered advice...
I've installed new stick drivers from Saitek. I still can't work everything out, but that's probably cos I'm a twit!
However, all the aircraft's flaps seem to be working fine now- full manual control, all except the F18 which now has fully automatic flaps and makes life very easy by configuring the wings much like the F16 I used to have in FS9.
Thanks for your help guys.