The front area is dominated by the PVI-800 Navigation panel, which we don't use in the basic course yet.
However, we set the PVI operating mode correctly in the start checklist and activate the PVI Data Link. The selector switch for the Data Link mode is also set to COM at startup. What this is used for is explained in the advanced course.
On the rear part of the console we are only really interested in the blue buttons at the front.
This activates the autopilot and dampeners. Bank, Pitch and Heading should always be activated. With Altitude selected only when needed.
This makes it much easier to fly the helicopter, but you also have to understand the trimming mechanism. Both will be explained later.