Autopilot disconnect sound in 1.024
I have been flying this wonderful aircraft since I first purchased the PILOT Editon for FSX back in January 2015. I am now flying the PRO Edition in P3Dv4.5.
I do not recall ever not hearing the autopilot disconnect sound. But, it appears that something has changed with the 1.024 version. I now find the autopilot disconnect sound to be intermittent; sometimes working and other times, not working (no sound upon disconnect).
I am wondering if this is a bug which may have been introduced in the 1.024 version, or correct behaviour in the real aicraft depending on how the autopilot is disconnected (ie, if you use the disconnect button on the yoke versus the AP push button on the aircraft's front panel)?
For reference, P3D is set up with the default "Z" key, under keyboard commands, for autopliot disconnect. I have also set, again within P3D, my joystick's fire button for a single press (no repeats) to disconnect the autopilot. I do not use FSUIPC for keyboard or joystick commands.
Pressing the fire button on my joystick has worked flawlessly for years, in all aircraft, to disconnect the autopilot ... as has pressing the "Z" key on my keyboard ... PMDG, Aerosoft, Flight1, A2A, FSLabs and Majestic. A disconnect sound has always played in each and every aircraft, including the Majestic Dash 8. But, since installing the 1.024 version, the disconnect sound now appears to be intermittent in the Dash 8.
I am also using the 125Hz controls, so I wondered if I should edit the ini file and add a joystick disconnect parameter in there. I previously had only the ailerons, elevators and rudder set to use 125Hz. So I did that, adding J2_b0=AFCS_->inputs.AP_disengage to the [JOYSTICK_INTERFACE_ASSIGNMENTS] of the ini file.
I thought that had fixed it. With testing, in flight, the autopilot disconnect sound did play when I pressed the fire button on my joystick. However, on the same flight, I also noticed that if I press the "Z" key on my keyboard, no disconnect sound played. Interesting. So I am wondering now if the autopilot disconnect button on the yoke (which would be activated in the sim by using the J2_b0=AFCS_->inputs.AP_disengage line in the ini file) causes the sound to be played in the real aircraft, but pushing/toggling the AP button on the front panel does not cause the sound to be played in the real aircraft?
However, on my last flight, despite thinking I may have solved it by adding J2_b0=AFCS_->inputs.AP_disengage to the ini file and the autopilot disconnect sound working during the cruise section of the flight, it suddenly did not work as expected. I was on final approach and wanted to hand fly the landing, I pressed my joystick's fire button, the autpilot disconnected, but the disconnect sound did not play. So why did it work in cruise, and not on finals? Is there perhaps some kind of wierd conflict occuring with my having three separate places set up for the sim to disconnect the autopilot ... the 125Hz J2_b0=AFCS_->inputs.AP_disengage in my ini file, the "Z" key within P3D's keyboard commands, and also my joystick's fire button within P3D?
I am sorry for the long explanation, but the playing or not playing of this sound does appear to be a bit intermittent for me and I think a full explanation of my setup, as well as my actions, will be helpful in possibly getting a good response to my question. There seems to be no "pattern" to when it works or not.
In short, does the autpilot disconnect sound always play for other users, every time ... or, has something perhaps changed in the 1.024 version to "correct" the behaviour of this sound as per the real aircraft (for example, in the real aircraft does the sound only play when the yoke button is pushed as opposed to when the AP push button on the front panel is pushed?) ... and/or, is there possibly a conflict with how I have three separate places in my sim configured as autopilot disconnect possibilities?
I am hoping Kroswynd or other users can shed some light on this for me.