Here's one that tripped up a buddy flying with my Skyview.
I have dual 7's in the pilot position set up in a PFD on the left and ND/EMS on the right. We start on the full EMS on the right screen and then on taxi add the MAP. If any of the MAP databases are out of date, the MAP won't function until you "accept" that one or more of the databases is out of date.
Make sure a newby knows how to isolate the MAP and accept the out of date message.
Obviously keeping the data up to date is preferred practice, but isn't always practical if someone borrows the plane for a local hop on short notice.
Another one some struggle with is all the stages to turn the autopilot on. We don't yet have the autopilot head, and newby's need to be taught that there are two pathways of three steps.
1: turn on servos. (We just do that at startup).
2: hit the autopilot soft key on PFD
3: engage AP and then assign a function to both track and pitch
2: activate A/P from disconnect button
3: go to autopilot menu and select desired functions.
I have found that the Skyview autopilot works great but engaging it isn't very intuitive for new guys, especially without the control head.
The advantage of having dual screens at the pilot position is that we have four joystick knobs that makes controlling the autopilot fairly easy and why we haven't bothered with the control head.
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Last edited by woxofswa : 03-23-2015 at 01:52 PM.