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Configuring the GF-TQ6

Main Control Lever Calibration

After connecting the GF-TQ6 to your computer for the first time, it is necessary to calibrate the six main control levers so that they have effect throughout their entire range of motion. After this process has been completed, you will not have to repeat the calibration steps unless you: (a) wish to change the lever response to suit different applications, or (b) install or remove other game devices attached to your computer.

Calibration and Operations Checkout on Windows Systems

For owners of computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system, control lever calibration is accomplished using the Control Panel applet called either “Game Controllers” (Windows XP or Vista). The steps on the following pages will guide you through the process of calibrating the GF-TQ6 control levers

gf-TQ6 device screen shot

Controllers or Gaming Options

1. From the Windows Control Panel, start the Game

2. Select the entry that reads “GFTQ6 Throttle System”, Then click the Properties button. In this example, a GF-TQ6 Throttle Quadrant is connected to a Windows 2000 computer at the same time as a Microsoft SideWinder Precision Pro joystick. Both are USB devices.

3. After clicking the Properties button, the test and calibration panel for the GF-TQ6 is displayed. Below the GF-TQ6 control diagram are six colored bars showing the current positions of all the GF-TQ6’s main control levers (A-F.)  Above the diagram are indicators showing the on/off states of each of the four switch levers (B-E.)

 4. Using this panel, you can test and calibrate all six main control levers quickly and easily in a single pass. To calibrate, simply follow the instructions displayed on the panel. Calibration is only required the first time you connect the GFTQ6 to your computer, and then only if you reassign its game controller ID or cause the ID to change by connecting or removing other game devices.

Flight Simulator Software Configuration

The GF-TQ6 can be used with a variety of flight simulator programs. This section explains how to configure the GF-TQ6’s main control and switch levers for use with some of today’s most popular flight simulator programs.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 and FSX

The GF-TQ6 is recognized by Microsoft Flight Simulator as a device type: ‘game controller’, and when detected for the first time, Flight Simulator will create a “default” assignment for each of the control levers and switch levers on the GF-TQ6.  These  initial  assignments  are  usually  not  what  you  want,  so  you  will  need  to  use  the Controls/Assignments facility in Flight Simulator to reassign or un-assign the default functions.

GF-Config program window for GF-TQ6 calibration

GF-Config also allows you to assign functions to the GF-TQ6 control levers and switch levers, and we recommend that you use GF-Config to assign functions to the GF-TQ6 rather than using the Controls/ Assignments facility in Flight Simulator. The options available in GF-Config provide more control options than are available using the Controls/Assignments facility in Flight Simulator

Typical six axis set up for TQ6 

GF-Config program window for GF-TQ6 configuration screen shot

737 setup for TQ6-Advanced throttle

GF-Config program window for GF-TQ6 configuration screen shot

TQ6-Advanced TOGA and Auto Throttle Disengage setup

The TOGA or Auto throttle button can be programmed thru Flightsim for the default aircraft. To program go to settings, then controls, then click on the Buttons/Key Tab make sure that your TQ6 is in the controller type window. Now scroll down and find the TOGA function double click on the function then a box will come up asking you to hit a button. Hit one of the A/T buttons on your TQ6.Now the function is set. To Program the auto throttle Disengage for the default aircraft this button can be set in FSUIPC: The SETTING IS AP Panel Speed Off.

Other Software

For information on using the GF-TQ6 with other software programs, please consult our technical support resources available on the GoFlight Web site at http://www.goflightinc.com.

Please be sure to also refer to the GF-TQ6 functionality as described in GFConfig On-Line Help

under Help on the GF-Config menu bar, Select the Contents tab. Then select the GF-AC Function Reference and then select the GF-TQ6 Function Reference. Here you will find all the usable functions with their definitions and Usage Notes for the GF-TQ6 module

Installing and Removing Control Levers for TQ6

The six main control levers and four switch levers on the GF-TQ6 can all be removed and/or replaced so that you can realistically model the operation of throttle and other controls found in many types of aircraft.

For example, GoFlight offers an optional turboprop lever set including two power levers, two prop pitch levers, and two mixture control levers that can be installed into the handle bases of the GF-TQ6. GoFlight also plans to offer additional lever and detent plate sets for your GF-TQ6 in the near future.

To reconfigure the control levers, follow these steps:

  1. Disconnect the GF-TQ6 from your computer. You can disconnect either end of the USB cable, whichever happens to be most convenient.
  2. If you plan to remove any of the four switch levers, first slide the switch lever(s) fully forward, then slide the associated main control lever(s) fully back. With the levers in this position, you can easily remove and insert the appropriate lever into its base with a firm straight motion upward along an imaginary line extending from the base mounting fixture. If  you plan to remove any of the six main control levers, slide these levers to the full.
  3. forward position before removal. If you plan to operate the GF-TQ6 without a control lever at any of these locations (e.g., a twin- jet configuration), lever bases without handles can be left “parked” in the full forward position, making it easier and more convenient to later re-install a lever.
  4. Re-connect the GF-TQ6 to your computer.

Installing and Removing Detent Plates

Your GF-TQ6 ships from the factory with two detent plates than can be optionally mounted to the top panel of the GF-TQ6 enclosure. These detent plates provide stopping points for the control levers in the A and F positions. One of the plates is designed to provide detents for spoiler control, with stops in the Fully Retracted, Armed, and Operating Range positions. The other plate provides detents for up to 6 “notches” of flaps. Using GF-Config software, you can designate various control actions to occur when the control levers are placed each of the detent position, referred to in the software as “zones.” For more information about zone assignments, please refer to the GF-Config on-line help.

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