Using The Radios
Selecting, tuning, dialing it in
The radios in Flight Simulator are used to communicate with air traffic control. Occasionally you must tune the radios to new frequencies as you pass through various controllers' areas of responsibility.
There are two ways to tune the radios: by using the Autotune feature and by tuning manually. To learn about interacting with ATC, see Air Traffic Control.
Switching radio frequencies is easy if you use the Autotune feature because the switching is done for you automatically. This frees you to concentrate on flying the aircraft and navigating to your destination. When you select an ATC menu item that contacts a new controller (for example Contact Approach), the radio frequency changes to the new controller's frequency automatically.
When using Autotune, you may not hear anything on the radio until you choose an item from the ATC menu, even if there are other aircraft talking to ATC (unless you're already tuned to an active frequency). That's because the radio is not tuned until you initiate contact by choosing a message from the menu.
Tuning the Radios Manually
Pilots who want to do it all can bypass the Autotune feature by tuning the radios by hand. This means you'll have to tune the radios manually each time a frequency change is required.
2-Standby flip/flop switch
New menu items appear in the ATC window when you tune the radio to a new frequency. If you want to see choices for messages to a tower controller, for example, you must first tune the radio to the tower frequency.
To tune a new frequency into a communication, navigation, or ADF radio
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This also works for the NAV, ADF, and transponder radios by first pressing the N (N+2 for NAV 2), A, and T keys, respectively, or by using the mouse wheel.
The Audio Panel
Use the audio panel's Com 1, Com 2, or Both buttons to choose which radios you want to transmit on and listen to. To choose a radio to Autotune, transmit, and receive on, click either the Com 1 or Com 2 button on the Audio panel. If you click the Both button, you will still be transmitting on the radio you had previously selected, but listening to both radios. This can be especially helpful on approach, since you don't want to tune away from the controller in order to hear ATIS (if you do, you'll miss traffic calls). You can also listen to the audio identifiers for the nav radios by selecting their buttons on the audio panel as well. If you have controllers tuned in on both radios, and the Both button is lit on the audio panel, it will sound very busy and perhaps be difficult to understand.
Audio panel for the Cessnas.
The audio panel may look
different in other aircraft.
To use the audio panel
When the green light on the button is lit, the audio channel for that radio is active.
To listen to more than one radio at the same time
To find a particular communication or navigation frequency