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Sunday, August 13, 2017

The VSKYLABS Douglas DC-3 C-47 Flying Lab Project

The VSKYLABS
Douglas DC-3/C-47 Flying Lab Project V2.1

A HIGHLY REALISTIC FLIGHT PERFORMANCE AND HANDLING SIMULATION
OF THE DC-3/C-47 AIRCRAFT
For X-Plane 11 and X-Plane 10.51
Current Version v2.1 (August 30th 2017)

VSKYLABS Copyright Notice:
The Flight Gear DC-3 liveries, which are compatible with the VSKYLABS DC-3/C-47 Flying Lab Project are NOT a part of the VSKYLABS DC-3/C-47 Flying Lab Project, and should not considered to be so.
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Project Under Development notice
Like all of the VSKYLABS projects, this project status is "Under Development". Development areas are: Flight dynamics model refinements, 3D Model and texture works, systems integration, FMOD sounds and more. Every time a certain aspect will be upgraded or new feature will be added, an update will be pushed to all users through the VSKYLABS Online Store and through the X-Plane.org store.

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INTRODUCTION
The Douglas DC-3 is a fixed-wing propeller-driven airliner. Its great performance (range of ~1500 miles and speed of above 200 Miles per Hour) revolutionized air transportation in the 1930's and 1940's. It is a twin engine all-metal monoplane, capable to operate from short runways.

It was able to cross the United States, and made transcontinental flights and worldwide flights possible. These characteristics of the DC-3/C-47 are very fascinating, and were one of the triggers for me to come up with the idea of creating a DC-3/C-47 Flying Performance/Research Lab for X-Plane. With it, I will fulfill a virtual dream to cross the Atlantic with a DC-3!

A complete guide for Transatlantic flight in the VSKYLABS DC-3/C-47 Flying Lab is going to be available in this page. So stay tuned and keep tracks of this page

How do I sum-up all of the instructions, knowledge base and practices for transcontinental flights (no matter in what aircraft or which dimension)? The good and the bad news is that it is pretty much the same to fly such missions in X-Plane as in real world...and it cannot be explained easily nor briefly...this page would have been so long, containing so many links, explanations, performance charts...so I've decided NOT to get all-over the actual project page with almost an endless amount of information and data, instead, and for start, I'm inviting you to fire up the engines, taxi to the runway and line up, lock that tail-wheel, complete the 'Before takeoff Checklist' and take this magnificent aircraft to the air. Get to know it, how it flies, handles...there will be plenty of time to get back to the Trans-Atlantic thing :) 

Down this page you will find useful information for operating the aircraft, and I'll work on the Trans Atlantic flight route for the DC-3/C-47 in another page (link will be available soon).

Meanwhile, I'm recommending reading and using the following amazing, DC-3 dedicated website. I've "bumped" into it a while ago, and I've found it very useful and "concentrated", especially with all that is related to flying practices of the DC-3: http://www.douglasdc3.com/dc3throt/dc3throt.htm

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Project Highlights:
  • Highly Realistic Flight Performance DC-3/C-47 Simulation: 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 simulated, but in terms of "hardcore systems simulation", it is not a "study level" DC-3 nor intended to be so.
  • 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 200 hours of flight testing and evaluation (just for the flight model). My long years flying career and profession as an aircraft accident investigator, being an aircraft performance and flight path recreation expert, gave me a "home-field advantage" in this matter...stretching X-Plane to its limits (and it delivers some amazing results!).
  • 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”.
  • Still under development: Although "all systems are go!", the initial release version is 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, and adding/improving 3D modeling qualities.

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Additional Information:
  • The ancestor of the 3D model which was used and heavily developed in the VSKYLABS DC-3/C-47 Flying Lab Project was created years ago by Emmanuel BARANGER (long years contributor to the Flight Gear community and a great guy!). His original model was licensed to this project, and had gone through a complete "VSKYLABS restoration" and development process, bringing it to the high level of X-Plane 11 requirements. Emmanuel's model was licensed to the VSKYLABS Douglas DC-3/C-47 project for further development, and The VSKYLABS copyright and disclaimer notes are fully applied to this package.
  • The default livery for the aircraft is of 'Buffalo Airways', approved to be used as a livery in the project by the Buffalo Airways company (Thank you Buffalo Airways!). The livery was originally painted by Brett Harrison, and was heavily modified, by his permission of course, for the purpose of this project. Brett is texture painter and a long years contributor to Flight Gear, and a great guy too ! :)
  • The Ultra-High Definition rivet lines texture map of version 2.0 was created and contributed to the project by Oleg Tronov, Sochi, Russia. Oleg is a long years DC-3 enthusiast. He had created the rivets layout based on real rivet map technical drawings as a reference. The rivet map source and paint kit are not a part of the VSKYLABS project.


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