Commands list - 3.2

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Commands list - 3.2

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Flaps Free
Up or down
  • Select flaps down one
  • Select flaps up one notch
  • Raise flaps up one notch
Full up or down
  • Select flaps down
  • Put the flaps down
  • Put the flaps up
  • Bring the flaps up
  • Extend the flaps
  • Retract the flaps
  • Raise the flaps all the way
  • Lower the flaps all the way
  • Flaps full
Absolute (degrees)
  • Select flaps forty five degrees
  • Flaps thirty degrees
  • Go to flaps twenty degrees
  • Flaps ten degrees
Absolute (setting / detent - e.g. Airbus)
  • Flaps zero
  • Flaps two
  • Set flaps three
Landing gear Free
Up or down
  • Select landing gear up
  • Set landing gear down
  • Raise the landing gear
  • Lower the gear
  • Put the gear down
  • Extend the landing gear
  • Raise the landing gear
  • Retract the landing gear
Thrust reversers
On or off
  • Thrust reversers on
  • Thrust reversers off
  • Engage the thrust reversers
  • Cancel the thrust reversers
  • Deploy the thrust reversers
  • Retract the thrust reversers
Brakes / parking brake Free
  • Set brakes off
  • Select brakes on
  • Set the brakes
  • Release the brakes
  • Turn off the brakes
  • Disengage the brake
Parking brake
  • Set parking brake off
  • Select parking brake on
  • Set the parking brake
  • Release the parking brake
  • Turn off the parking brake
  • Disengage the parking brake

By default, X-Plane has the parking brakes and normal brakes tied together. Releasing brakes will also release the parking brake; be aware that these are not two separate systems in X-Plane.

Spoilers / speed brakes
Up or down
  • Set speed brakes down
  • Select speed brakes down
  • Set spoilers up
  • Select spoilers up
  • Deploy the spoilers
  • Extend the spoilers
  • Retract the spoilers
  • Raise the speed brakes
  • Lower the speed brakes
  • Arm the spoilers
  • Select speedbrakes armed
  • Set speedbrakes armed

The words "spoilers" and "speed brakes" can be used interchangably in this context.

VHF radio tuning Free

COM1 and COM2 can be tuned in the Free version. NAV1/NAV2 require the pro version.

Tuning COM1/2 and NAV1/2
  • Set COM1 one two three point four five (123.45)
  • Set COM1 standby one two eight point seven five (128.75)
  • Tune COM2 one two six decimal eight zero (126.80)
  • Tune COM2 standby one two six decimal eight zero (126.80)
  • Tune NAV2 one sixteen decimal three (116.3)
  • Tune NAV1 active one zero niner decimal five (119.5)
  • COM1 to one three zero point niner (130.9)
Flip / transfer active and standby
  • Flip NAV1
  • Transfer COM2
Guard (121.5 MHz) Tune COM1 to guard

These commands can tune either the active or standby frequency- if you want to tune the standby frequency, specify standby.

COM1/2 can be tuned from 118.0 to 139.90 MHz, and NAV1/2 can be tuned from 108.0 to 119.90 MHz

If tuning to the 'guard' frequency (121.5 MHz), you can just say "guard"

NDB/ADF radio tuning
Tuning ADF1/2
  • Set ADF1 one two three four (1234 kHz)
  • Tune ADF2 one niner zero (190 kHz)
  • Set ADF2 five six seven (567 kHz)
Flip / transfer
  • Flip ADF1
  • Transfer ADF2

These commands can tune either the active or standby frequency, depend on the setting in the PlaneCommand menu.

ADF1/2 can be tuned from 190 to 1750 kHz.

Audio panel
  • Mute COM1
  • Unmute COM1
  • Silence NAV1
  • Monitor NAV1

X-Plane supports 8 audio channels that can be monitored or muted: COM1/2, NAV 1/2, ADF 1/2, DME, and markers (O/M/I).

Transponder Free
  • Set transponder 1-2-3-4
  • Squawk 3-5-5-4
  • Turn the transponder on
  • Set transponder on
  • Turn the transponder off
  • Select transponder standby
  • Put the transponder on standby
  • Enable the transponder
  • Select transponder test
  • Select transponder test mode
  • Select transponder altitude
  • Select transponder altitude mode
  • Select transponder mode C

In X-Plane, the transponder can generally be set to any of the following modes: off, test, on, alt (altitude, aka mode C), standby

Altimeter (barometric)
Setting (standard)
  • Set standard pressure
  • Set standard pressure on the altimeter
  • Set altimeter standard pressure
Setting (inHg)
  • Set altimeter two niner six two
  • Altimeter three zero zero six
  • Set the altimeter two niner eight four
Setting (hPa)
  • Set altimeter one zero one three
  • Altimeter one zero zero zero
  • Set altimeter niner eight zero
  • Set altimeter zero niner niner seven

Altimeter settings can be from 2700-3200 inHg, or 900-1099 hPa.

  • Set the heading bug 1-2-3 degrees
  • Heading 3-4-5 degrees please
  • Set heading two hundred seventy degrees
  • Set heading 2-0-5 degrees
  • Set course on NAV2 one two three
  • Set NAV2 course 3-4-5
  • Set course two hundred seventy degrees on NAV1
Sync current heading
  • Sync heading
  • Sync current heading
  • Please sync current heading
  • Set course 1-2-3 degrees
  • Set NAV2 course 2-3-4 degrees
  • Set course two hundred seventy degrees
  • Set course one hundred and five degrees
  • Set course one two three on NAV2
  • Set course on NAV2 one two three
  • Set course two hundred seventy degrees on NAV1

Course is set on one of three instruments: OBS1 attached to NAV1, or the OBS2 attached to NAV2, or the HSI (also attached to NAV1). If you don't specify which, it will be set on OBS 1.

Vertical speed
Speed (feet per minute)
  • Set vertical speed seven thousand climb
  • Set vertical speed descend two thousand
  • Set vertical speed target nineteen hundred feet per minute descend
  • Vertical Speed plus seven hundred
  • Vertical Speed up three hundred
  • Vertical Speed minus three hundred
  • Sync vertical speed
  • Vertical speed sync
Decision height
  • Select decision height two thousand three hundred feet
  • Set decision height five hundred
  • Set minimums three hundred feet
  • Set landing decision height five hundred feet
Altitude (feet)
  • Set altitude four thousand five hundred
  • Set altitude four thousand five hundred feet
  • Altitude four thousand five hundred
  • Altitude bug thirty three thousand three hundred feet please
  • Altitude bug one two thousand please
  • Set altitude twenty seven thousand three hundred feet please
Altitude (flight level)
  • Set altitude flight level 3-3-0
  • Set flight level 2-4-0
  • Altitude flight level five one zero
  • Sync altitude
  • Sync altitude bug

Flight level must always be a three digit number: e.g. flight level two three zero.

Speed (knots)
  • Set speed 2-2-5 knots
  • Set speed 3-0-5
  • Speed three hundred knots
  • Set speed three hundred twenty seven knots
  • Speed two five zero
Speed (mach)
  • Select mach zero point eight zero (M 0.80)
  • Set speed mach zero point eight one (M 0.81)
  • Set speed mach point two three (M 0.23)
  • Set speed mach five point two three (M 5.23)
Speed (N1)
  • Set speed one hundred percent N1
  • Set speed twenty five percent N1
  • Set speed seventy eight percent N1
  • Sync speed
  • Sync airspeed
Autopilot / flight director / autothrottle
Flight director
  • Turn on the flight director
  • Turn off the flight director
  • Autopilot on
  • Turn autopilot off
  • Turn the autopilot off
  • Turn off the autopilot please
  • Disengage autopilot
  • Autopilot off please
  • Disconnect the autopilot
  • Autothrottle on
  • Engage autothrottle
  • Autothrottle off please
  • Disengage autothrottle
Autopilot modes (see mode list below)
Selecting mode
  • Heading hold on
  • Turn on altitude hold
  • Select speed hold on
  • Select speed hold
  • Flight level change on
  • Localizer hold on
  • VNAV on (pronounced 'vee navv')
  • Approach hold on
  • Engage approach hold
  • Turn heading hold off
Deslect mode
(see note below)
  • Heading hold off
  • Turn off altitude hold
  • Deselect heading hold

Supported autopilot modes:

  • Altitude hold
  • Speed hold
  • Heading hold / heading select
  • Pitch hold / pitch select
  • Vertical speed hold / vertical speed select
  • Approach hold
  • Localizer hold / VOR hold / LOC hold
  • Speed intervention
  • LNAV / HNAV /Lateral navigation / Horizontal navigation
  • VNAV / Vertical navigation

Not every aircraft has every mode. Additionally, many aircraft cannot turn directly deselect a mode without disconnecting the autopilot, so you may find that commands like "heading hold off" do nothing, depending on the aircraft.

Yaw damper
Yaw damper
  • Select yaw damper on
  • Turn on the yaw damper
  • Turn off the yaw damper
  • Turn the yaw damper off
  • Engage the yaw damper
Generators / alternators
  • Turn on the generators
  • Turn off the generators
  • Turn the generators off
  • Engage the generator
  • Turn off the alternator
  • Turn on battery 1
  • Disconnect battery 2
  • Turn off the batteries
  • Disable all batteries
  • Turn on the master switch
  • Turn on the avionics
  • Turn the master switch off
  • Turn on avionics master

Two batteries can be switched on and off independently; currently all generators are turned on and off together.

Right now, we only support switching the master switch and avionics master switch.

Ice equipment
Pitot heat
Static port heat
  • Turn on the pitot heat
  • Enable the pitot heaters
  • Switch static port heat on
  • Set pitot tube heater on
  • Turn off the pitot heat
  • Turn off the static port heat
Carb heat
  • Turn on the carb heat
  • Switch carb port heat off
  • Turn off the carb heat

Currently, there are a handful of anti-ice systems, each simply treated as an on/off switch.

Pitot and static port heat are the heaters on the probes or ports for the pitot/static system.

Carburetor heat is exactly what you would expect, and only present in carbureted piston engines.

External lights
  • Turn the landing lights on
  • Landing lights off please
  • Turn the position lights on
  • Navigation lights off
  • Turn on the strobe lights
  • Turn off the strobe lights
  • Taxi lights off
Internal lights
  • Turn on the seat belt light
  • Turn off the seat belt light
  • Turn on the fasten seat belt sign
  • Seat belt light on
  • Turn off the no smoking light

X-Plane has the idea of 5 different types of external lights: landing lights, taxi lights, position / navigation lights (red/green wingtip lights), beacon light (red), and strobe / anticollision lights (white strobes). PlaneCommand can control all of them.

Additionally, PlaneCommand can control the no-smoking and seat belt lights.

Engine / APU
  • Set full throttle
  • Set throttle to idle
  • Select half throttle
  • Select throttle fifty percent
  • Select 82% throttle
  • Set three quarters throttle
  • Set mixture rich
  • Set mixture lean
  • Select mixture fifty percent
  • Select ninety percent
  • Turn on the left magneto
  • Turn off the right magneto
  • Turn on the left magneto for engine one
  • Turn on the right magneto for engine two
  • Set magnetos to both
  • Select magnetos both
  • Set magnetos to left
  • Set magnetos to right
  • Set magnetos to off
  • Turn on the magnetos
  • Turn off both magnetos for engine one
(single engine)
  • Start the engine
  • Start up the engine
  • Stop the engine
  • Shut down the engine
  • Kill the engine
(twin engine)
  • Start engine number one
  • Start the left engine
  • Shut down the right engine
  • Turn off engine number two
  • Start engine three
  • Start engine number three
  • Shut down engine number eight
APU start / stop
  • Turn on the APU
  • Start the APU
  • Shut down the APU
  • Turn off the APU
  • APU start
  • APU off
  • APU shut down
  • Stop APU

The fuel pump switch currently controls all fuel pumps, even in aircraft with multiple fuel pumps.

Starting the engine does not work reliably on aftermarket aircraft due to the complexity of the aircraft. Custom programming is required for most aircraft for these commands to work, so they are not reliable.

Fuel system
Fuel pumps (all)
  • Select fuel pump on
  • Turn on the fuel pump
  • Turn off the fuel pumps
  • Turn the fuel pumps off
  • Engage the fuel pumps
  • Turn off the fuel pump
Fuel tank switch
  • Select the left fuel tank
  • Select right fuel tank
  • Select both fuel tanks
  • Fuel tank left
Pressurization system
Cabin altitude
  • Select cabin pressure six thousand feet
  • Set cabin altitude twenty five hundred feet
View controls
Internal views
  • Look up
  • Look down
  • Look far left
  • Look left
  • Look slight left
  • Look straight
  • Look slightly right
  • Look right a bit
  • Look right
  • Look far right
  • Look left wing
  • Look right wing
  • Look forward
  • Look front
  • Look behind
  • Look back
External views
  • Normal view
  • Chase view
  • Tower view
  • Circle view
  • Default view
  • HUD view
  • Heads up display view
  • Free view
  • Ride along view
  • Runway view
  • Still spot view
  • Linear spot view
Simulator controls
Pause / unpause
  • Pause simulator
  • Pause the simulator
  • Simulator pause
  • Resume simulator
  • Continue simulator
  • Unpause simulator

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