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Keyboard Commands for Nosewheel Steering

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    Keyboard Commands for Nosewheel Steering

    Are there any keyboard commands for nosewheel steering? No doubt I have missed something very obvious: can someone help me out, please?

    Doug Boynton

    Most likely also applies to steering aircraft on the ground
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    Matthew Chalupniczak


      Thanks for your reply, you are most likely correct. However, some traditional keyboard commands do work, but some obviously do not. Might be nice if PMDG included a section regarding this somewhere in their documentation...

      Looks like I will have to avoid crosswind takeoffs & landings!
      Doug Boynton


        I don't think there are any keyboard inputs for tiller usage.
        Think about the many hundret of Dollars you spend to get the sim setup you have right now - adding another 30$ for a joystick will enhance the flying more than any previous dollar spent!


          Thanks, Emi. Not really a matter of cost, more to do with convenience & space!
          Doug Boynton


            Just give it a try, even if you have to find some space to put your joystick. You won't believe how much more convenient your flying will get if you have one!


              Okay, will give it some thought...
              Doug Boynton


                My joystick is just forward of my left armrest (Airbus), control wheel in front of me above key board, and throttle quadrant to the right. Works great for me!

                Doug Morlan


                  Okay, so there are no keyboard commands for tiller steering. What about rudder pedal steering?
                  Doug Boynton


                    Just saying, but have you tried the default P3D rudder and steer bindings? They work for me on a gamepad, they do so with keyboard with FMC steering disabled.
                    Joan Alonso


                      Thanks for your suggestion. Could you please give me a little more information: e.g. how do you disable FMC steering?
                      I can see that there are commands in P3D to move the rudder itself, but I can't see anything about rudder pedal steering for the nosewheel, as you would use during takeoff & landing rolls...
                      Doug Boynton


                        I have just checked now and both P3D default keyboard bindings work, you have two options:

                        - Steering Inc & Dec only move the tiller.

                        - Rudder Yaw Left & Rudder Yaw Right will move both tiller and steering pedals. (But won't return to center).
                        If you want the Rudder to return to center after applying it you can set it through FSUIPC, so Rudder Center as action to do when Rudder Yaw left and right are released.

                        I prefer using buttons or keys for the tiller and a proper separate axis for the rudder pedals.

                        To disable go to Options > Simulation and select USE P3D TILLER AXIS to NO. (Haven't tried with that option enabled but it may also work the same way).

                        Last edited by Joan Alonso; 30Oct2020, 18:23.
                        Joan Alonso


                          Thanks, Joan. I have tried the two options & both seem to work as you describe. On balance, I think I prefer the second option, i.e. moving the rudder pedals moves both the rudder & the nosewheel, which is technically correct whilst the aircraft is on the ground. Of course, the tiller also moving is technically incorrect as far as the real aircraft is concerned, it would be nice if these controls could be separated somehow.

                          Have tried changing the P3D Tiller Axis, but I can't see what effect this is having, if any.
                          Doug Boynton