Despite the excellent design and graphic renditions, the A2A C172 Trainer is really a migraine when coming to the Saitek gears. Gauge reading problems encountered have been reported on its support forum but so far non solution is reached.
Followings are images showing the RPM readings on Saitek’s FIPs, iPad’s RF Cockpit and FSi C172 Cockpit. The readings on all these platforms are consistent. But not the A2A C172 one.
Similarly, the Fuelflow, ETG, VAC, Oil Temp, AMP on all existing platforms are the same. Just the A2A C172 shows differences. Note the ETG and Oil Temperature are vastly different from the FIP and FSi ones.
Explanations from the company are:
We replaced almost everything in FSX. FS engine is very good to recreate a generic aircraft but when you go deeper into details of a particular aircraft, you have to cut it off the generic core and plug into a dedicated system designed for this particular aircraft.
The standard variables are constantly overwritten by FSX engine with its own, usually incorrect, calculations.
Yet, above explanations still couldn’t clear my doubt since:
- If A2A thinks the standard codings for FSX are not correct or accurate, why the AirSpeed, Altimeter, Vertical Speed, Directional Gyro gauges, using the standard codes are all working correctly with their product?
- What makes the RPM gauge so special that A2A has to develop special codings for it?
- Similar reasons that drove A2A making changes to the FuelFlow, EGT and Oil Temperature codes as well?
If there’s no solution, hope that a refund is possible since the Trainer simply is “unserviceable” in my setup.