Originally Posted by Captain_John
On a different note, I did look at my data and in the Autopilot State column it has two strange lines of code. If anyone knows what Fail/abnormal disengage/00000004 and Fail/communication fault/00000005 means, I would be interested in knowing.
Your error message seems to be similar to what was described in this thread:
So maybe there is a new software problem. On the other hand, I'm running mine from a G5 with a GMC307 panel, so there are a lot of variables that are different between yours and mine. Who knows.
I was able to get mine going again after popping the autopilot circuit breaker and resetting it, and it worked after that, but I haven't been able to fly it much lately.
I am envious of your triple tone! I would love to have an audio warning of the autopilot disconnecting. I get only a little flashing yellow square (and sometimes the AFCS warning) on an attitude indicator that is my backup AI, so an uncommanded disconnect is easy to miss, especially in cruise. I think this is a drawback of a G5/GMC307 installation that appears to have been remedied with the GMC507.
Garmin folks: is there an upgrade path from the 307 to the 507? I think the warning tone would be worth it, although obviously it would need some additional wiring to the audio panel. Or could you do a software upgrade that flashes the whole G5 screen yellow (or something similarly "alarming") when the autopilot disconnects?