Monday, August 31, 2015

VSKYLABS 'Greyhound 2' news update


VSKYLABS 'Greyhound' 1/9/2015 news update

A new update for this aircraft is on the work.

The 'Greyhound 2'
Better, Stronger, Faster....

- Refurbished aerodynamic design.
- Completely new flight-model dynamics.
- Cockpit improvements.
- Better texture artwork.
- And more...

The FREE UPDATE will be sent to all buyers when it's ready.

** BETA VERSION SCREENSHOT BELOW **

Thursday, August 27, 2015

VSKYLABS 'Little Rocket Racer'


VSKYLABS 'Little Rocket Racer' add-on for X-Plane 10.36+


Special Low-Cost Freeware


What can I say?:
It's a Little Rocket Racer !!!
The Highest fun and thrill you can squeeze out of X-Plane flight simulator.

This magnificent aircraft is a light-and-small JetManHuss - version of the Legendary Sky Rocket. It's built around a single pilot, it's light, fast and a thrill to fly. It's not for beginners, but it will forgive the novice pilot with it's stability and ease of control, and will challenge the ace pilot with it's dare devil behavior when it's pushed down to it's limits.

One of my favorite creations of all times for sure!

General specifications:
Crew: one pilot.
Weight: 850 lbs empty / 1140 lbs fully loaded.
Wing span: 22.4 feet.
Length: 16 feet.
Engines: two counter-rotating, 125HP reciprocating engines.
Maximum speed: 190 knots.
Stall speed: ~60 knots.

Project features:
  • High detailed 3D model, glares in the sun (also the scratched, bubble canopy).
  • Fully animated.
  • 3D cockpit (with lights for a romantic night flying).
  • Amazing sounds.
  • Cool textures.
  • Free future updates.







Please read the COPYRIGHT and DISCLAIMER information which can be found at www.vskylabs.com and also within the package archive.


Sunday, August 23, 2015

VSKYLABS 'Twin Racer 007'


VSKYLABS 'Twin-Racer 007' Full scale racing airplane Add-on for X-Plane 10.36+
(Based on the DH.88 Comet)


Special Low-Cost price:


NOTICE:
This aircraft add-on was designed, built and tested by a retired professional real-life pilot (myself :)), which caught by this hobby of flying in the virtual world.

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Recommended Field of View setup is 65 to 95 degrees

3D Cockpit is animated and straight forward, with all the needed instruments and 3D switches for fun-fly operations, including an 'F-O-V' button to change the field of view settings and a 'SERVICE' button to open the canopy and hatches. Two rheostats are located on top the from panel for instruments and flood lights.


This project features:
  • High quality, fully animated 3D design.
  • 3D cockpit with sun-glaring glass canopy.
  • Open the canopy and service hatches from the cockpit.
  • Realistic sounds.
  • Performance and handling are realistic (and simple).
  • Free future updates of this amazing, evolving airplane.


The aircraft is a good performer, with specifications and performance which are similar to the DH.88 Comet airplane.

Specifications of the 'Twin Racer' 007:
Crew: one
Length: 29 ft 
Wingspan: 44 ft 
Height: 10 ft 
Wing area: 212.5 sq ft 
Empty weight: 2,930 lb 
Loaded weight: 5,550 lb 
Power plant: 2 × 230 hp engines

General performance:
Maximum speed: ~190 knots
Cruise speed: ~160 knots
Stall speed: ~60 knots










Tuesday, August 18, 2015

VSKYLABS Nord 1500 'Griffon' II


VSKYLABS NORD 1500 'Griffon' II
2015 Updated version for X-Plane 10.36+

This update was sent as a FREE update to all of the former buyers of the
VSKYLABS 'Griffon'


Special Low-Cost price:


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Project main features:
  • A collectors, fully animated, photo realistic model of the Nord 1500 'Griffon' II for X-Plane flight simulator.
  • New and upgraded, animated 3D cockpit.
  • New and realistic flight model for Mach 2 operations.
  • High Angle-of-Attack, High g and Supersonic Condensation animation.
  • High temperature burnt leading edges and nose when exceeding Mach 2.
  • Amazing sounds.

General information:
The Nord 1500 Griffon was an experimental ramjet-powered fighter aircraft
designed and built in the mid-1950s by French state-owned aircraft manufacturer
Nord Aviation. It was part of a series of competing programs to fill a French air
force specification for a Mach 2 fighter.

Design and development:
The Griffon featured a dual turbojet-ramjet powerplant, with the turbojet enabling
unassisted take-offs (ramjets cannot produce thrust at zero airspeed and thus
cannot move an aircraft from a standstill) and the ramjet producing extra thrust
at airspeeds above 1,000 km/h (600 mph).

Configuration was a delta wing with canards. WithMajor André Turcat at the controls, the Griffon reached a top speed of Mach 2.19 (2,330 km/h or 1,450 mph) in 1958, thus proving the soundness of the basic design. But the aircraft met several technical difficulties, such as heating, because the aircraft did not yet use special materials such as Inconel or titanium. The ramjet worked perfectly at high speed, but was hard to control at mid-speed. For those reasons, the Griffon program was cancelled to the benefit of Dassault Aviation's Mirage III. This unique aircraft is on display in the French Air and Space Museum, in Le Bourget, near Paris.


Specifications (Nord 1500-2 Griffon II):
(Data from Jane's)
General characteristics

Crew: 1
Length: 14.54 m (47 ft 8.5 in)
Wingspan: 8.10 m (26 ft 7 in)
Height: 5.00 m (16 ft 5 in)
Wing area: 32 m2 (344.5 sq.ft)
Loaded weight: 6,745 kg (14,839 lb)

Powerplant:
1× SNECMA Atar 101E-3 turbojet, 34.3 kN (7,710 lbs)
1× Nord Stato-Réacteur ramjet, 68.0 kN (15,290 lbs)

Performance:
Maximum speed: Mach 2.19 (2,330 km/h)

Bibliography:
Taylor, John W.R. Jane's Pocket Book of Research and Experimental
Aircraft, London, MacDonald and Jane's Publishers Ltd, 1976.






JetManHuss - VSKYLABS 'Griffon' flying tips:

The VSKYLABS 'Griffon' is a 'clean' configuration version of the 'Griffon', with the clear canopy installed. It features an afterburner engine with similar performance to the real 'Griffon': without the afterburner it's an under powered delta aircraft, and with the afterburner it;s the Mach 2 beast. The main difference is that you can use the extra thrust as an after-burner, rather than a Ram-Jet (which can be activated only in high-subsonic speeds, and which X-Plane can't simulate yet).

 It's a delta wing platform so it's stable and can handle low-speed, high angle of attack flight conditions as well as high-speed maneuvers.

Take off:
  • Apply power (with or without afterburner).
  • At ~150 knots start pulling the stick for a clear lift-off. 
Landing:
  • Final at ~190 - 200 knots.
  • Try to execute a ~4 degrees final for best visuals with the runway.
  • When crossing the threshold, power to Idle, and let it settle down to a ~160 knots touchdown.
  • Apply braking chute.
  • Apply brakes.
Recommended Mach 2 profile:

There is not much details regarding it's flying qualities and flight profiles, so, based on my experience with Mach 2 airplanes, I recommend this profile:
  • Make sure you are loaded with internal fuel. As far as I know, the 'Griffon' couldn't perform an air-refuel. (It had a drop-tank which this version doesn't features).
  • Dry powered Take-off (without the afterburner).
  • Accelerate to 330 knots at sea level (without the afterburner).
  • Climb at 330 knots to ~ 20,000 feet (without the afterburner).
  • Accelerate to Mach .8 at 20,000 feet (without the afterburner).
  • Climb at Mach .8 to ~35,000 feet.
  • Accelerate to Mach 1.25 in a shallow dive from 35,000 feet using the afterburner (which simulates the Ram-Jet engine).
  • Pull up gently for a Max powered climb starting Mach 1.25. Mach number will raise as you'll gain altitude.
  • Gently reduce climbing angle to accelerate to Mach .2+ at ~ 55,000 feet.





Tuesday, August 11, 2015

VSKYLABS FMX-4 'Facetmobile'


VSKYLABS Barnaby Wainfan FMX-4 Facetmobil prototype
It's an "Upgraded" version of the Facetmobile concept.
This model is slightly heavier and more powerful than the original design,
but in same scale and size.


Page under maintenance 

From the official Facetmobile website:
The Facetmobile is an experimental lifting-body sport airplane.
It was built by Barnaby Wainfan, Rick Dean, and Lynne Wainfan to explore the characteristics and potential of this type of airplane.
The configuration was developed using a combination of analytical methods, radio-controlled model testing and wind-tunnel testing. In all, 8 radio-controlled models were built and flown. Construction of N117WD took 2 1/2 years. First flight was April 22, 1993. Total flight time to date is approximately 130 hours. No plans or kits are currently being offered.

Link to the Facetmobile website

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
The Wainfan FMX-4 Facetmobile is an American homebuilt aircraft designed by Barnaby Wainfan, a NACA aerodynamicist and homebuilt aircraft engineer.
While only one Facetmobile prototype was produced, it has become well known due to its unique nature. The aircraft is something of a cross between a lifting body and flying wing configuration - the whole aircraft is one low aspect ratio wing: a flat, angular lifting shape. Particularly notable is that the aircraft's shape is formed of a series of 11 flat surfaces, somewhat similar to the body of the F-117 Nighthawk jet strike aircraft, but without separate wing structures.

General characteristics:
(Data from Sport Aviation):
Crew: 1
Length: 19 ft 6 in (5.94 m)
Wingspan: 15 ft (4.6 m)
Wing area: 214 sq ft (19.9 m2)
Empty weight: 370 lb (168 kg)
Gross weight: 740 lb (336 kg)
Fuel capacity: 10-13 gallons
Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 503 DC , 50 hp (37 kW)
Propellers: 3-bladed GSC

Performance:
Maximum speed: 96 kn (110 mph; 178 km/h)
Cruise speed: 80 kn (92 mph; 148 km/h)
Stall speed: 29 kn; 53 km/h (33 mph)
Rate of climb: 750 ft/min (3.8 m/s)
Wing loading: 3.45 lb/sq ft (16.8 kg/m²)

Please read the COPYRIGHT and DISCLAIMER information which can be found at www.vskylabs.com and also within the package archive.






Monday, August 10, 2015

VSKYLABS 'Greyhound'




VSKYLABS "Greyhound"
Original Design of a high performance two seat light Jet aircraft Prototype
The Greyhound is a research prototype which designed for control and stability investigation of lightweight high performance aircraft.





Project overview:
The VSKYLABS GREYHOUND is a high performance two seat light Jet aircraft, built around two General Electric J85 engines (same as in the T-38 Talon).
The challenge of this project was to design an ultralight yet plausible, high performance aircraft, with a wide flight envelope and good stability characteristics.

VSKYLABS Greyhound general specs:
Empty weight: 5300lbs
Maximum takeoff weight: 7500lbs
Length: 26 feet.
Wingspan: 30 feet.
Power plant: Two General Electric J85 Turbojets engines, 2050lbs of dry thrust, 3550lbs with full afterburner.

How to fly the Greyhound:
It's a very light and powerful sport plane, not a Jet-fighter. Handle it with care.
Use the Air Brake on final when landing.
Leading edge Flaps are automatically extracted below 260 knots.
Most important: Have fun!!!

Please read the COPYRIGHT and DISCLAIMER information which can be found at www.vskylabs.com and also within the package archive.












Monday, August 3, 2015

VSKYLABS 'RC Legends' - Giant Twins





Highly accurate and professionally tuned
radio-controlled model airplanes add-on simulation for
X-Plane 10 Flight Simulator.

This 'Giant Twins' Package contains these 3 items:
de Havilland DH.88 (X-Plane 10.31+)
Lockheed P-38 Lightning (X-Plane 10.36+)
VSKYLABS 'RC-City' flying site (X-Plane 10.31+)




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The DH.88 and the P-38 are Giant-Scale RC models,
but can be flown from the cockpit's view as full-scale airplanes,
with flight performance similar to some micro-light airplanes.




Please read this COPYRIGHT and DISCLAIMER information
before downloading and/or using files from VSKYLABS.COM



de Havilland DH.88
  • Giant scale RC model (~3/4 scale) of the de Havilland DH.88 racing aircraft. 
  • wingspan of ~ 3.2 meters / 126"
  • Powered by 2 x 160 2 stroke / 2 x 200 4 stroke engines.
  • Weight is ~ 46lbs.
  • Flight tested and carefully tuned to meet RC pilots highest standard.
  • Highly detailed exterior and interior structure with animated hatches, canopy, servos, GoPro camera and FPV system objects, retractable gears, flaps, ailerons, elevator, rudder, spinners, Smart Phone display and cockpit lights for FPV night operations.
  • FPV view is set up behind the canopy for easy first-person flying and operations.
  • Custom engine sound sampled from real RC engines.
  • Quick operation panel for quick and easy start-up, flight reset and open hatches (located inside the cockpit, on the left side).
Lockheed P-38 Lightning
  • Giant scale RC model of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning.
  • wingspan of ~ 3.1 meters / 123"
  • Powered by 2 x 4.5 hp engines (counter rotating).
  • Weight is ~ 48lbs.
  • Flight tested and carefully tuned to meet RC pilots highest standard.
  • Highly detailed exterior and interior structure with animated hatches, canopy, GoPro camera and FPV system objects, retractable gears, Fowler flaps, ailerons, elevator, rudders, spinners and Smart Phone display.
  • FPV view is set up in the tail section for easy first-person flying and operations.
  • Custom engine sound sampled from real RC engines.
  • Quick operation panel for quick and easy start-up, flight reset and open hatches (located on the Smart Phone).
VSKYLABS 'RC-City' flying site
  • An interactive RC airfield - the objects in the environment are physically existing, so the airplane can collide and interact with them (antenna's, cars, ski-jump ramps, pylons, fences etc.).
  • The objects are arranged carefully in the flying area to give the RC pilot "clues" about depth perception for flying.
  • Pilot position is well thought of and placed as a setup (tower view: 'Shift' + '5') at the right spot and elevation for best RC flying experience.
  • In addition to runways there are two large and wide ski-ramps, three giant pylons, one concrete obstacle to fly through. The ski-ramps can be used with full scale airplanes of X-Plane, to raise the fun factor :)

General installation instructions:

Installation instructions - Aircraft:
  1. Unpack the .zip package into your desktop or any other place.
  2. Inside the unpacked folder you'll find 3 folders (dh88, P-38, RC runway).
  3. Copy/Move the P-38 and DH.88 folders into X-Plane's 'Aircraft' directory.
    Note: It is recommended to create a folder named 'VSKYLABS RC Models' inside the 'Aircraft' folder and place these files and future VSKYLABS RC Models inside this folder.
  4. After starting X-Plane, locate this folder and choose your desired model.
Installation instructions - RC runway Scenery:
  1. Inside the unpacked .zip package, there is a folder of the runway (besides the two airplanes folders).
  2. Locate the folder of the 'RC-City' runway inside it.
  3. Copy/Move the 'RC-City' runway folder into X-Plane's 'Custom scenery' folder.
  4. After starting X-Plane, select global airport: 'RCC1'.
General operations:
  1. You can start up the engines by pressing the 'start' button in the cockpit/smartphone.
  2. You can reset your flight by pressing the reset button in the cockpit/smartphone.
  3. You can open the hatches of the model by extracting the speed-brakes or by pressing the service button in the cockpit/smart phone. Opened hatches does not affect the flight model.
  4. If you use the 'RC-City' runway, selecting the Tower-View ('shift'+'5'), you'll be set-up in the pilot's remote view point, which is by the runway and at humans height.
  5. You can use any other X-Plane feature to adjust the simulator as you wish (weather, time of day etc.).
  6. It is recommended to set the flight model for maximum realism, and the field of view to 65 degrees when flying in-cockpit FPV, and 25 degrees when flying from external point-of-view. Use the zoom as flight condition requires.
  7. It is recommended to use transmitter type controller for maximum realism. (RC USB controllers for example).

It is extremely recommended to use transmitter type controller for maximum realism.
I also recommend to setup X-Plane for maximum realistic flight-model. 

More screenshots, videos and simulation information can be found by exploring the
'SCRATCH-BUILT RC LEGENDS' section in the right side bar of this website.
Notice that the 'Giant-Twins' package contains only the DH.88 and + P-38  + RC-City scenery. 
Future packages will feature many more legendary scratch-built RC legends.