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Honeycomb Bravo Throttle Quadrant – A32NX FlyByWire configuration

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Below you will find the configuration for the Honeycomb Bravo Throttle Quadrant for the Airbus A32NX by FlyByWire. The configuration relies on settings in the MSFS Interface, Spad.Next (if you own it is an advantage) and other free and paid tools (e.g. Better Bravo Lights). You can find the full keyboard layout of the Honeycomb Bravo Throttle Quadrant in Read the Honeycomb Bravo Throttle Quadrant Keymap.

The configuration is divided into several parts: autopilot, switch and thrust control. First, however, I would like to give you an overview of the programs used and useful.

Software

Spad.Next

Spad.Next is software that allows the configuration of different panels and input devices. Among other things, the Honeycomb Bravo Throttle Quadrant is also supported (without prepared profiles). With Spad.Next, variables (e.g. A32NX variables) can be read out and KeyEvents and parameters can be transferred via the SimConnect interface. There is also the option to create local variables and conditions. This is required to use the Honeycomb Bravo Throttle Quadrant autopilot function with the A32NX.

In Spad.Next you then have to add the key events for the A32NX as a CustomClientEvent. To do this, you can use the Use the XML file from FlyByWire and copy it to the AppData/Roaming/SPAD.neXT\Conf\Clientevents folder. This is necessary so that you can use all events afterwards.

The complete You can download the configuration for the FlyByWire here and then import into Spad.Next. You may have to change your DeviceSerial (line 4 in the XML file).

Better Bravo Lights

Better Bravo Lights (BBL) is an alternative “better” replacement for the Aerosoft Honeycomb Bravo Throttle Lights Tool (aka “AFC Bridge”). Better Bravo Lights is completely self-contained and therefore does not require the original Honeycomb Bravo Lights driver. The tool is available for free download at Flightsim.to or on Github.

I recommend using the tool because you can assign all the LEDs as you wish. For example, you can use the “Vacuum” event to display “Seatbelts”. I also use the “REV” display to activate / deactivate the A/THR. You don’t have to configure anything in the first step (unless you want to misuse something), because a standard configuration for the A32NX from FlyByWire is already included.

You can download and apply the following configuration file config.ini (note: due to the file extension, you have to confirm this file twice). You can exchange the file in the Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 community folder (\Community\BetterBravoLights). Alternatively, you can change the lines listed below for the FBW A32NX manually (e.g. change them with NotePad) in the file path \Community\BetterBravoLights\Config.ini

;; FlyByWire A320
[Aircraft.FlyByWire_A320_NEO]
; A320 FBW has two autopilots, specific to FBW
AUTOPILOT = L:A32NX_AUTOPILOT_1_ACTIVE == 1 OR L:A32NX_AUTOPILOT_2_ACTIVE == 1
; On the A320 the starter switch is 'TURB ENG IGNITION SWITCH EX1:n' (the master engine switches are 'GENERAL ENG STARTER:n')
StarterEngaged = A:TURB ENG IGNITION SWITCH EX1:1, bool == 2
; Don't check for APU GENERATOR SWITCH. It always reports '1'
APU = A:APU GENERATOR ACTIVE, bool == 1
; FBW provides custom LVARS for the 3 hydraulic systems
LowHydPressure = L:A32NX_HYD_BLUE_PRESSURE < 2000 OR L:A32NX_HYD_GREEN_PRESSURE < 2000 OR L:A32NX_HYD_YELLOW_PRESSURE < 2000
; FBW does not set A:BRAKE PARKING POSITION
ParkingBrake = L:A32NX_PARK_BRAKE_LEVER_POS == 1
; From flybywire-aircraft-a320-neo\html_ui\Pages\VCockpit\Instruments\NavSystems\A320_Neo\A32NX_NavSystem.js
LowVolts = A:ELECTRICAL MAIN BUS VOLTAGE, volts < 24
LowFuelPressure = A:GENERAL ENG FUEL PRESSURE:1, psi <= 10 OR A:GENERAL ENG FUEL PRESSURE:2, psi <= 10
; From flybywire-aircraft-a320-neo\html_ui\Pages\VCockpit\Instruments\NavSystems\A320_Neo\A32NX_NavSystem.js
LowOilPressure = A:ENG OIL PRESSURE:1, psi <= 60 OR A:ENG OIL PRESSURE:2, psi <= 60
; Monitor front and rear and cargo doors
; From flybywire-aircraft-a320-neo\html_ui\Pages\A32NX_Core\A32NX_LocalVarUpdater.js
Door = A:CANOPY OPEN, percent > 0 OR A:EXIT OPEN:0, percent > 0 OR A:INTERACTIVE POINT OPEN:3, percent > 0 OR A:INTERACTIVE POINT OPEN:5, percent > 0
; Equivalent of stock A320 but with A:PITOT HEAT, bool replaced with L:A32NX_MAN_PITOT_HEAT
AntiIce = A:STRUCTURAL DEICE SWITCH, bool == 0 AND A:ENG ANTI ICE:1, bool == 0 AND A:ENG ANTI ICE:2, bool == 0 AND L:A32NX_MAN_PITOT_HEAT == 0
; HDG
HDG = L:A32NX_FCU_HDG_MANAGED_DOT == 0
; NAV
NAV = L:A32NX_FCU_HDG_MANAGED_DOT == 1
; APR
; REV for Auto Thrust Mode
REV = L:A32NX_AUTOTHRUST_MODE != 0
; ALT
ALT = L:A32NX_FCU_ALT_MANAGED == 0
; VS
VS = L:A32NX_FCU_VS_MANAGED == 0
; IAS for Speed
IAS = L:A32NX_FCU_SPD_MANAGED_DOT == 0
; SeatBelts
Vacuum = A:CABIN SEATBELTS ALERT SWITCH, bool == 1

Honeycomb Bravo configuration for the FBW A32NX

Below you will find the configuration settings for the Honeycomb Bravo Throttle Quadrant for the FlyByWire A32NX. There are often links to detailed articles, since you often have different options for configuring the throttle. Also, you may not own all of the software.

Autopilot (FBW A32NX – Honeycomb)

In this section we will look at configuring the FlyByWire A32NX autopilot with the Honeycomb Bravo Throttle Quadrant.

Switches (FBW A32NX – Honeycomb)

This section represents freely programmable switches for the FlyByWire A32NX in the Honeycomb Bravo Throttle quadrant. Things that either have to be done regularly or are difficult to access are useful. Examples of somewhat frequently used processes (or processes under stress) are Taxi Lights, Landing Lights, Seat Belts, APU Start, Anti Ice. Other processes such as switching on ADIRS or NAV Light are only required once and should be done with the mouse / keyboard during the cockpit prep.

Thrust Control (FBW A32NX – Honeycomb)

The final chapter covers thrust control in the A32NX, controlled by the Honeycomb Bravo Throttle Quadrant.

More configurations

More about the Honeycomb Bravo Throttle Quadrant

More about the Honeycomb Bravo Throttle Quadrant can be found on the Honeycomb Bravo Throttle Quadrant Overview Page, the Configuration page of the Honeycomb Bravo Throttle Quadrant for many other aircraft and the Honeycomb Bravo Throttle Quadrant Test and Recommendation.

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