My new electronics
system includes a Simrad
pilot computer, two B&G Zeus MFD's (one Touch, one pre-Touch), and a B&G pilot keypad with Triton as pilot control display. The MFD's have an autopilot
From the beginning last year, I had problems with handover of control between the keypad and the MFD's. Once the MFD was used as the controller, you couldn't dodge or adjust set heading (for example) with the keypad -- you had to flip off the pilot with the keypad and start over again from the keypad.
Now I just updated the software
in all the Tritons and both Zeuses. I half-hoped that the pilot problem would have been solved
in the new software
But NO! In fact it seems now to be much worse! For one thing -- you can no longer evoke the pilot screen
on the MFD by pressing the "auto/stby" button. NOW, when you press that button, it flips off the pilot to Standby, and you have to start all over again! So you can no longer use the MFD pilot control to adjust set heading etc. as you go along, UNLESS you leave the screen
showing. And if you do that, you can't see your chart or radar! Bleh!
The other thing which is worse is that no longer can you even use the keypad to flip off the pilot, if the pilot has been activated from the MFD. Now not even the "Off" button on the keypad works, if you've used the MFD to activate the pilot.
And you have no choice but to use the MFD, because you cannot activate any mode from the keypad except plain Auto mode. All the other modes are available only from the MFD.
So if the pilot control functions were kind of screwy, but usable before, they are now not usable at all. It cannot be that the system was designed this way. There must be some conflict or some other problem. If anyone has any insights, I will be very grateful.