With update 5, settings were added to support the Thrustmaster TCA Quadrant Airbus Edition. It is greatly improved versus the manual mappings before, but there are still some notable issues with it.
- Buttons 7 and 8 are not mapped at all by default. This is the Engine mode selector knob. I can manually map button 7 to crank mode and button 8 to Ignition/start mode easily enough, but when turning the knob back to the normal position (deactivating button 7 or 8), the in-sim knob (a320) does not return to the normal position. You have to manually switch it back to the normal position in the sim.
- the add-ons (hardware) have not been released yet but appear to be mapped in the default profile for the quadrant… that sounds fine, except that the currently non existent flap lever is causing the flaps to go on full even though it doesn’t physically exist. Any time I hit escape to the menu and then resume, my flaps immediately go to the full position. I had to unmap the flaps setting completely to get it to stop changing my flaps setting.
- The Fuel valves for engines 1-4 are all mapped to button 3. At the least, fuel valve 2 should be mapped to button 4 (the engine 2 switch). With the default settings, if you switch off engine 1 (button 3) the switch for engine 2 in-sim starts having a seizure. I had to remap the fuel valve for engine 2 to button 4 (engine switch 2). The default setting is an issue not only because it creates a conflict with button 4’s assignments, but also since the proper startup procedure for an A320 is to start engine 2 first which would need it’s fuel valve open.
Lastly, as a note, I did have to very slightly adjust the sensitivity curve so that when my throttle levers are in idle, that the sim actually registers them as being in idle. The default curve caused the sim to think my left lever was at +4% and the right lever was at +1%. This could just be an issue with my hardware, but I imagine there will be others with similar hardware variations in the throttle position sensors too.