Thanks for that - it works. I feel slightly stupid now for not working that out myself!!!!!!!
Just another question if that's OK! When I load the Duchess I get a "crashing" sound - is this normal? This doesn't affect anything else and the aircraft flies fine, so I'm happy to live with this initial noise but just curious as to what might cause it?
We'll investigate these for a future update but as they don't affect the usability/functionality of the aircraft, they can be safely ignored (the content error reporting can be disabled in the P3D settings menu as it serves little purpose unless you are developing).
I upgraded to the latest version (1.08 I think) and was able to start the engines without a problem, but I only tried the once. I think my problem may have been not advancing the throttle high enough. It is hard to see what "open 1/4 inch" means on the throttle, so I was able to start the engines if I moved it to 25% mark. I only have a single throttle, prop and mixture lever but it works fine starting each engine separately, all you do is advance the mixture and prop full forward, and the throttle 25% and the starter works on each engine in turn.
Hope this helps you.
@Martyn - thanks for quick response. As long as the interactive checklist can be used with my Saitek hardware I'm happy! I can live with the fuse problem, although I see you intend to fix it. Also I make life easy for myself so I switch off random failures so wrong yaw direction won't be an issue for me either, certainly not until I've flown it for many months. I'm buying it now!
No, sorry I didn't explain properly, it's not the direction of rotation, it's that the holes for the prop blades are visible when the props are turning, and I don't think you would see them in real life.! I've compared it to other FSX/P3D aircraft and it just looks wrong.
I've tried to attach screenshots of the Duchess and the default Baron to compare (P3D v4.3)
v1.07 was not intended to be an extensive update. We received a report of an issue with the Stormscope and the developer that produced that instrument was able to quickly address the issue so we opted to release that to all customers before waiting for the completion of other pending fixes. As you can imagine, our avionics coding and flight dynamics are handled by different people so there's little correlation.
v1.06 was released last month and was intended to address several FDE issues. Further feedback, such as the above from Nic, was received after the release of that update and our FDE creator (@Delta558 ) continues to make improvements based on direct correspondence with any real-world pilots that identify themselves as such. He will get in touch shortly to discuss your feedback.
The circuit breakers animations will be fixed in the next update as per your description above. The breakers are functional in v1.07 so it's just the animation direction that needs reversing.
I am disappointed in your latest update, Revision 1.07, which addresses an insignificant glitch—the Stormscope not working.
The main reason I purchase any twin-engine is to practice a very critical aspect of flying it, and that is how to react and control the aircraft on one engine. It is beyond my comprehension why your company did not fix the single-engine dynamics first, not to mention all the circuit breakers are still pulled out. Did you know that if you look at you advertisement video all the breakers are in—what gives?
It is obvious to me that this problem is not going to be addressed and by you words…I will pass it on to development. THAT'S NOT WORKING. How about giving me their email so I can talk to them directly or better yet, their phone number?
I had to purchase MIL VIZ's Cessna 310, which indeed has the proper single-engine dynamics without having to wait for endless revisions.
Re: Duchess 76 Glitches Revision 1.08
The programmers apparently know very little about the Duchess.
You corrected the single-engine flight dynamics but forgot to program the propeller to feather. It stays in low pitch high rpm. The aircraft pulls toward the inop engine as it should; the engine does stop when you pull the mixture to idle cut-off as it should, however the prop should continue to windmill it doesn't; the propeller should go into feather if I use the prop control or mouse, it doesn't.
On the positive side, the overall flight characteristics are very good. There are no nasty surprises as long as you fly the blue line when operating with one engine. Nice job!