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PILOT transducer icon overlaid with red X
10-25-16, 09:09 AM (This post was last modified: 03-02-18 02:28 PM by Chuck - Raymarine - Moderator.)
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PILOT transducer icon overlaid with red X
PILOT transducer icon overlaid with red X

Latter software releases for the A/C/E-Series Classic MFDs, C/E-Series Widescreen MFDs, and GPM400 added the Autopilot Controls feature to these MFDs. MFDs running the latest LightHouse II or LightHouse 3 software also support the Autop Pilot Controls feature. Within the A/C/E-Series Classic MFDs, C/E-Series Widescreen MFDs, and GPM400, the Autopilot Controls feature permitted the MFD to command a compatible Raymarine autopilot into Auto, Track, or Standby modes. When interfaced to Raymarine Evolution autopilots, the Autopilot Controls feature of MFDs running the latest LightHouse II and LightHouse 3 software will additionally support Dodge commands (+/-1 & +/-10 heading changes) as well as autopilot set-up capability ... these additional autopilot controls features are not supported by MFDs running the latest LightHouse II and LightHouse 3 software which have been interfaced to legacy Raymarine autopilots.

Please note that the Autopilot Controls feature of Raymarine MFDs is exclusively supported in conjunction with compatible Raymarine autopilots which have been interfaced to the MFD via SeaTalk or SeaTalkng communications protocol. Raymarine's Autopilot Controls feature is not compatible with third party autopilots. Raymarine's Autopilot Controls feature is additionally not compatible with Raymarine autopilots which have been interfaced to the Raymarine system via NMEA 0183 communications protocol. When one of the above listed MFDs operating with the latest available software has been interfaced to a Raymarine autopilot via NMEA 0183 communications protocol or to compatible third party autopilots, it may be possible to have the autopilot track to a waypoint or follow a route. However, control of the autopilot with respect to commanding the autopilot into Auto, Track, and Standby modes must be accomplished via the autopilot's control head.

Raymarine MFD software which supports the Autopilot Controls feature also includes a PILOT (autopilot) icon included within the Transducer Status data item displayed within the MFD's Databar. A red X will be superimposed over this icon when any of the following conditions exist:
- the Autopilot Controls feature has been configured OFF (A/C/E-Series Classic MFDs, C/E-Series Widescreen MFDs, and GPM400)
- a third party autopilot has been interfaced to the Raymarine system
- a Raymarine autopilot has been interfaced to the Raymarine system via NMEA 0183 communications protocol
- an incompatible Raymarine autopilot has been interfaced to the Raymarine system
- communications between a compatible Raymarine autopilot and the MFD is not occurring ... it is recommended that troubleshooting begin with verification that the SeaTalkng backbone and autopilot have both been powered ON.


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