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									Thank you for flying ASA‟s On Top Version 9.1 Proficiency Trainer Demo. This Demo includes all
the simulator functions; the airspace only contains navaids, airports, and approaches within a 75
nautical mile radius of Helena, Montana.
NOTE: You may fly beyond the 75NM range, but the airspace contains no navaids, airports or

If you have not used the OnTop program before, the following Getting Started instructions may be
used; however, we still recommend you consult the full Manual before using On Top. We have
included the full Manual with the demo, and it is available via a link on your “Programs” menu,
under “ASA\On Top 9.1 Demo”. Or, if you are viewing this document online, you can download
and/or view the manual online. The document is in „.pdf‟ format, requiring Adobe‟s Acrobat
Reader to view. If you don‟t have this reader, you can download it for free at

This Readme file contains a thumbnail of the new features available in this v9.1 as well as a
Getting Started guide for experienced users. Should you require additional information, please
see the On Top Manual. As always, our team is available for technical support at 1-800-ASA-
2FLY or

What is new in On Top?
1. One of our most exciting changes includes the Garmin GNS430 Reality XP**. The Reality XP
GNS430 is available in the Cessna 172, Mooney, Bonanza and Baron aircraft.
NOTE: You must download and install the Garmin 400 Series GPS PRIOR to running the demo.
The demo uses Reality XP 430 units which require the installation of the Garmin 400 Series GPS.
For the units to function properly within the demo, you MUST install the Garmin 400 Series GPS
AFTER you install the demo.
2. We have also introduced a Cessna 182 with a Glass Cockpit-like functionality and appearance,
consistent with many of today's Technically Advanced Aircraft designs. The unit is based on the
Primary Flight Display (PFD) of the Garmin 1000**, but incorporates features from the Multi-
function Display (MFD), so you may view critical flight information on one computer screen.

3. FlightPrep has provided their PlateView program, which includes instrument approach plates
for US airports. A much-requested item, US pilots will now have the approach information at their
NOTE: PlateView program is not available in the demo. We have provided approach plates for
the Helena, MT area. The files are in .pdf format.

4. The aircraft panel graphics have been re-mastered and are now displayed in a 1024 x 768
format, which permits all instruments to fit on one screen without the need to toggle radios and
flight instruments.

5. OnTop has enhanced Windows functionality, including screen resizing, moving and minimizing
features to seamlessly work within the operating system environment.

6. OnTop features a new, more robust menu system, in keeping with the enhanced Windows

7. Due to the program graphic and feature enhancements, and thus increased system
requirements, OnTop 9 includes a full working copy of OnTop 8.1, so users with older computers
may still be able to maintain their proficiency.
NOTE: On Top 8.1 is not available with the demo.

Getting Started: For Users Familiar with On Top
If you are familiar with the program and want to get started as quickly as possible, the following
will assist you to get up and running.

1. Ensure that the flight controls you plan to use with the program are attached to the computer
and the up-to-date drivers from the manufacturer are installed. (If your flight controls in the
present configuration worked with On Top Version 8, they should work with On Top 9.1)

2. Install the OT 9.1 Demo You may install On Top in a subdirectory of your own choosing. A
message will appear in the installation routine suggesting a path and permitting change. The
default location is "C:\Program Files\ASA\OnTop 9.1 Demo".

3. Install the Garmin 400 Series GPS. The default location is “C:\Program Files\Garmin\Garmin
400 Series Trainer”.

4. Double click the On Top icon and, for the first use, you must calibrate the flight controls.
NOTE: For Windows Vista, you must “Run as Administrator”. To do this, right-click on the On
Top 9.1 Demo shortcut. Select this option from the popup window.

5. Once in the main Calibration screen, you will have the opportunity to perform a "quick
calibration." Select the FLIGHT CONTROLS button. In the Flight Controls menu, you should see
your controls on the list. Choose the flight controls you wish to activate by pressing the left of the
two boxes on the right side of the screen until an asterisk appears in the box.

6. Once you have selected the flight controls to be used with the program, press the LIMITS
button and perform a quick calibration by fully articulating the pitch, roll and yaw axes as well as
throttle, propeller, mixture, and rudder, as installed. Please note that the first controls you actuate
will be the controls calibrated. For example, if you have a throttle on the yoke, as well as a throttle
quadrant, the first throttle selected will be the one that is calibrated. Should you choose
incorrectly, you may reset the limits and start again. If the controls are not calibrating properly, an
advanced calibration is required. The Advanced Mode calibration is far more powerful, and
therefore more complex to use. Should the Advanced Mode be necessary, the On Top Manual
contains detailed information.

7. When finished with the limits, press the box marked BUTTONS. Press and hold the flight
control button (e.g., the trim up) while simultaneously clicking the left mouse button with the
mouse cursor pointing to the on-screen "up trim" triangle. Once activated, the mouse arrow will
turn into a "hand." When correctly assigned, the triangle will turn green when the trim button is

8. Your may now press the DONE button and enjoy flying the On Top simulator.

If you cannot calibrate the flight controls in the quick calibration, you may have to use the
Advanced Mode, which requires a more detailed understanding of the calibration routine as
explained in the On Top Manual.

Quick Start Guide
Using the New Features
Based on Garmin's** full featured simulator, the Reality XP GNS430 is used exactly like the real
thing. If you already own an airplane with this fine unit, you may proceed to use OnTop's 430 just
as you would your own. If you are not familiar with the unit, ASA offers GPS Trainer, a program
that teaches you all the intricacies of this, and other, GPS units.
NOTE: As is the case with the demo, the Garmin units will only see the airspace data within the
75NM range of Helena, MT.
The glass cockpit in the Cessna 182 is a custom designed device. The unit presents attitude and
navigation information so the pilot has, on one screen, the tools needed to fly instrument
approaches. The layout of the "basic six" flight instruments mimics the visual presentation in use
since the genesis of the early EFIS units.

The buttons and knobs on the faceplate bezel actuate the working functions of the glass cockpit.

Quick Tour of Buttons
- Press INSET button, inset will appear. Press DCLTR (de-clutter) and cycle through feature
cleanup, press OFF to remove inset, Press, BACK.
- Press PFD, press DME, DME window appears. Press BRG1, single-needle bearing and window
appear. 360 HSI/ARC HSI show two views of HSI. Press BRG2, double-needle bearing and
window appear. Press BACK.
- Press CDI, cycle through VOR1/VOR2/GPS on the HSI. Press DME, window opens, use FMS
arrows to select DME head. Press DME again, to deselect window.
- Press XPDR, select status (STBY, ON, ALT). Press CODE, select SQAWK, Press BACK.
- Press ADVISORY, for message when MSG is flashing.

Bezel Knobs and Switches
- Power, press ON/OFF.
- Double-arrow toggle, flip-flops active/standby frequency.
- NAV knob tunes hundreds (outer) and tenths (inner) standby frequency. Push (click) knob flip-
flops between NAV1 and NAV2.
- HDG, arrows move heading left and right. Press button, heading centers.
- ALT, outer arrows for thousands, inner arrows for hundreds.
- COM frequencies are tuned in the same manner as NAV frequencies.
- CRS/BAR knob, outer arrows select barometric setting, inner arrows course selection. NOTE:
When GPS has waypoint selected, the GPS needle will automatically point to the desired track.
- Range, inner arrows increase/decrease range on inset. Press button for pan cursor, when
cursor appears, use outer arrows to move around inset. NOTE: If arrows function as FMS keys,
pan cursor did not actuate. Go to FMS keys and select correct page to return to inset map view.
- The remaining keys on the bottom right simulate the GPS "Direct To," menu, flight plan, IFR
approach procedure, clear and enter functions. The FMS knobs are used for turning pages,
tuning entries in the same manner as the GNS430.

The OnTop glass panel 182 is not a replacement for glass panel training or a G1000 Trainer. To
ensure safety, the pilot needs make and model specific training for all TAA. (ASA's G1000 Trainer
is an excellent program for learning the intricacies of the G1000 PFD and MFD units.) However,
this glass cockpit-like representation in OT 9.1 will help you transition from round dials to TAA,
and gain a basic understanding of flying "tapes" versus "dials."

The instrument approach plates may be accessed via the icon by double-clicking and looking up
the desired approach as you would with the paper charts, located by regional book and airport
location. The approach plates may also be launched by a menu selection within the program.
NOTE: PlateView program is not available in the demo.

Windows Menu Selection
OnTop 9.1 has a new menu system. The menu keys at the bottom of previous versions of OnTop
routed the user to the map, calibration and setup screens. In the present version, the user moves
the mouse cursor to the top of the screen and the menu appears.

Desktop Simulators 101
If you are an old pro at instrument flying, but relatively new to "flying" simulators, get ready for an
extraordinary experience. While not exactly like flying the real thing, simulators afford the
opportunity to tax your flying skills at a low "per flight hour" cost without safety concerns.
To get the most out of OnTop, we recommend you practice flying your favorite airplane until you
feel comfortable with how the simulator "handles." This is analogous to transitioning to a complex
aircraft or establishing the instrument configuration numbers for your aircraft.

In the same manner, we suggest a flight "around the patch" to get the feel of the OnTop aircraft.
Take off from the initial starting point of Boeing Field (BFI) and climb to 2000 feet. Fly the ADF
indicator to the outer marker, which is already tuned, and after passing the marker, make a left
turn to 270. After rolling out of the turn, start the panel timer and head out for one minute. After
the time elapses, make a smooth right turn to 90 degrees and transition to approach level (about
2000 RPM and 90 KIAS in the 172). You will now be on an inbound heading to intercept the final
approach course for BFI ILS Runway 13. Select the MAP from the menu bar and check it out.
The radios are all tuned and ready for you to slide down the glide slope.
NOTE: This exercise is not available in the demo.

We hope that these new features will enhance your experience with OnTop, one of the most
economical ways to maintain and improve your IFR proficiency. Thank you for trying the On Top
IFR Proficiency Trainer Demo from ASA.

To Order On Top or find an aviation retailer in your area call 1-800-ASA-2-FLY (or 425-235-
1500) or visit the ASA website at . The program includes the On Top CD and
the Pilot‟s Operating Handbook, which details all of the program features.
On Top Version 9....................... ASA-ON-TOP-9 ......................... $149.95

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