• VSKYLABS C-47 Skytrain Flying Lab Project Released

    VKYLABS C-47 Skytrain Flying Lab Project Released

    Exciting news! The VSKYLABS C-47 Skytrain Flying Lab Project version v2.8.01 was officially released!

    New version v2.8.01 has set the foundations for future update to version v3.0. The VSKYLABS C-47 Skytrain FLB is now representing a comprehensive C-47/DC-3 simulation, beefed up with exciting new features and systems.

    Project main pages at the VSKYLABS web site.

    VKYLABS C-47 Skytrain Flying Lab Project

    Feature Highlights

    • The project is 'VR Ready' for use with X-Plane 11.20+: VR functionality is a part of the project aspects which are constantly under evaluation and development for reaching higher level of immersion as the VR features and possibilities are growing.
    • Highly accurate performance and handling simulation of the DC-3/C-47, along with a full set of traditional/old school navigation and autopilot systems.
    • Workhorse for DC-3/C-47 pilot skills: Experience authentic flight performance and handling practices (takeoff, landing, single engine operations, flight planning, long range flights and old school navigation). It is a perfect platform to recreate and fly historic routes using authentic performance.
    • Unique look and feel: There is nothing to hide - the VSKYLABS DC-3/C-47 is a mixture of a simplified yet very engaging design.
    • Systems - All the relevant systems are being simulated, including a fully featured cockpit, equipped with the C-47 authentic cockpit layout and VFR/IFR instruments.

    VKYLABS C-47 Skytrain Flying Lab Project

    Here are some of the more unique included systems:

    • Highly defined engines/propellers systems with an authentic feathering system. Superb two and single engine performance.
    • Two speed Supercharger blowers - based on the PW-1830-90C engines model, equipped with lo/hi blowers. The high blower configuration is allowing high altitude cruise.
    • Oxygen system - including crew dilution/regulator, pressure indicator and functional flow-indicator ("Blinker"). Do not forget to enable hypoxia in X-Plane's general settings menu.
    • Fire Extinguisher system - including fire indication system. The fire extinguisher control panel is located behind the hinged cover on the cockpit floor, between the pilot/co-pilot's seats.
    • Damage simulation - engines are sensitive to rapid spool-up. Engine abusement will result in severe damage to the engine/engine fire. Stressing the airframe will result also in severe damage, following a visual representation of the damages, including prop-strike visualization and loss of control surfaces both visually and within the flight dynamics model.
    • Interconnected fire, cockpit smoke and ventilation setup.
    • Engines/propeller systems - designed with fully featured, functioning and authentic propeller feathering system, for highly realistic single engine simulation.
    • Sperry Autopilot - Old school autopilot is configured.
    • Anti-Icing/De-Ice systems, including icing and rain visualization.
    • Skis - Animated, incorporated in the flight dynamics model.
    • Aircraft Performance: Aircraft performance and handling qualities were designed and tested in a "Research level" approach and went through a validation process of more than 300 hours (up until now) of flight testing and evaluation by real-world C-47/DC-3 pilot...stretching X-Plane to its limits.
    • Systems - easy to operate by beginners: All relevant systems are simulated but with the focus on getting the "Flying Lab" airborne without the need to go through a long "ground school".

    VKYLABS C-47 Skytrain Flying Lab Project

    Still under development: Although "all systems are go!", the initial release version was only the beginning-point of the long-term development plan for the package, which will include continuous work and refinements on the Flight Dynamics Model, systems, and adding/improving 3D modeling qualities.


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