• Review: Sim720 - Ikarus C42 Microlight

    Ikarus C42 Microlight

    Publisher: Sim720

    Review Author:
    Michael Hayward

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    The C42 is a single-engined, high-wing microlight and light sports aircraft built by Comco Ikarus in Germany. It is used for flight training, touring and personal flying. Capable of seating two people in a 1.22-meter wide cabin, it comes with two different engine variants - an 80 or 100 hp Rotax 912 engine, with the Sim720 model incorporating the 80 hp version. The body is supported structurally by a large aluminium "backbone", whilst the rest of the aircraft is built from composite materials.

    Sim720 Ikarus Microlight

    The aircraft itself is controlled by a single center stick, the trim via two buttons on the top of the stick, and the brakes by a vertical brake lever similar to that of a motorbike. The rudders are also dual control, with two foot pedals, but the distance is fixed due to the seats not being adjustable.

    The Ikarus C42 represents Sim720's first foray into aircraft design, having previously only modelled high quality scenery for FSX/P3D.

    Throughout the development phase, Sim720 were supported by Comoco Ikarus who continually tested the aircraft. The flight dynamics (used in the model) are also in use for real flight training and approved by Comco Ikarus.

    Aircraft Specification

    Capacity for 2 (pilot and passenger)
    Length: 20ft 6" (6.25m)
    Wingspan: 31ft (9.45m)
    Height: 7ft 4" (2.24m)
    Empty Weight: 583lb (265kg)
    Maximum Takeoff Weight: 1041lb (450kg)
    Powerplant: Rotax 912ULS flat-4 engine

    Aircraft Performance

    Range: 432 miles (375nm, 695km)
    Extended range: 898 miles (780nm, 1,445km) with long-range tanks fitted
    Rate of Climb: 1050ft/min (320 m/min)

    Sim720 Ikarus Microlight     Sim720 Ikarus Microlight

    Download & Install

    Installation of the aircraft was quick and hassle free. Via the FSPilotShop, you are given a 53.3 MB zip file which (once unzipped) includes two items, an installer in the form of an executable file and a highly detailed PDF which we will come to later.

    The installer gives you options on which simulator to install into: FSX, FSX:SE, P3Dv1, P3Dv2 and P3Dv3. You then input the license key (provided by the FSPilotShop) and the installation process begins. Once completed, the aircraft's PDF opens.

    The PDF supplied is simply spectacular. It is actually labelled 'Owner's Handbook.pdf' and well...it genuinely is a pilots operating handbook! It covers everything from how to fly the aircraft, to maintenance (yes, even this is included), to the circuitry around the aircraft. There are numerous images taken directly from a real-life pilot's operating handbook which is a nice addition. However, as with most documentation included with simulated aircraft, there are warnings throughout telling you not to use this in the real aircraft!

    If this document is too much, a smaller 7-page Quick Start Guide is also available to read once installed.

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