In this article, we go over step-by-step on how to correctly set up your TCA throttle.
Step 1: Ensure you have the latest drivers from the Thrustmaster Website
These can be downloaded here: https://support.thrustmaster.com/en/product/tca-quadrant-airbus-edition-en/ The drivers in this link apply to both the quadrant and captains pack.
Step 2: Ensure your throttle is calibrated in Windows
- Go to Windows Search
- Type: Set up USB game controllers
- Select the TCA and click properties
- Click Settings then Calibrate
- Perform the calibration
Step 3: Set up your Throttle control axes
Go to the MSFS Control Options, select the TCA throttle and ensure your throttle is assigned as the picture shows below:
Only use what is shown above and NOT the 0-100% axis.
You may need to set the Axis up manually - as sometimes these units like to pretend they're buttons. The assignments are as follows for the TCA:
Throttle 1 Axis - Joystick L-Axis X
Throttle 2 Axis - Joystick L Axis Y
If you have a joystick or another device with a sliding axis, ensure that they do NOT have a throttle axis assigned to any sliders. The ONLY device that should have a throttle axis is your TCA Throttle Quadrant.
Also, it's worth having a sweep of your assigned controls across all of your devices to check there is no double-bound axis as this will cause issues.
Step 4: Set up your flap and spoiler axes
For spoilers set the spoiler axis to JOYSTICK R-AXIS Z
For Flaps set the flap lever to JOYSTICK L-AXIS Z
If your TCA Flap handle does not respond correctly, visit: https://kb.fenixsim.com/flaps-are-unresponsive-/-flaps-calibration
Step 5: Set up your sensitivity
On the left side of the control options, click the sensitivity option and set your sensitivity as shown below. You should set all settings to 0%, excluding reactivity, which should be 100%.
For TCA Sidestick Sensitivity: https://kb.fenixsim.com/stick-settings
Step 6: Calibrate your flight controls in the Fenix MCDU - Ensure the above 3 steps are completed first before doing the calibration
Run the Fenix throttle calibration via the MCDU MENU > CONFIG > CONTROL CONFIG
For a full tutorial on the above and also how to set up the keybindings for the different buttons on the TCA, check out 320 Sim Pilot's amazing video below: