Tuesday, May 16, 2017

VSKYLABS Tecnam P2006T Project

The VSKYLABS Tecnam P2006T Project

The VSKYLABS Tecnam P2006T Project for X-Plane 11 + 10.51
Current version: Version v003.2 (23 August 2017)


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The project has entered the long-term development phase. 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.

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A full review of older version v003.0
It is a very detailed, full review made by 'GearUp'


The VSKYLABS Tecnam P2006T Project

Project Introduction:
The Tecnam P2006T is my Third, real-life project for X-Plane flight simulator. Like my previous real-life projects, this project's focus is on the virtual aircraft performance and handling. As a design principle, this project is based on the out-of-the-box features of X-Plane, and there is no need for 3rd party plugins to run it.

The aircraft is featuring the analog cockpit version of the aircraft, but equipped with a dual GNS configuration (Garmin 530 + 430), which makes it fully capable of advanced flight planning and navigation. When it comes to its instrumentation, it is a fully capable IFR aircraft, with dual NAV and COMM systems and displays.

The aircraft is featuring a high level of accuracy in terms of system engineering. Due to some limitations of X-Plane system simulation (as it comes out of the box and without the use of 3rd party plugins), some systems are currently being simulated accordingly to these limitations. For example, the possibility of having separate bus-tie for multiple generators and electric buses is limited, therefore, there are only Two electrical buses instead of Four...

The VSKYLABS Tecnam P2006T project is under constant development and package updates are to be expected. Update/upgrade plan is including (among other things): 3D modeling and aircraft performance refinements. The free updates are being pushed out automatically to all buyers.

Project's Update Log:

Project support:
You are invited to use the Phoenix LSA topic in the VSKYLABS Support Forums for feedback, questions, comments, bug reports etc.

The VSKYLABS Support Forums:

Support topic at the VSKYLABS support forum:

Recommended Settings:

The VSKYLABS Tecnam P2006T add-on is currently being tested and operated on a machine with these specifications:
  • CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-6700 CPU @ 3.40GHz × 8
  • Memory: 32 GB Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 1070/PCIe/SSE2
  • X-Plane 10.51 / X-Plane 11 (current version).
For balanced field of view, It is recommended to set the 'Lateral Field-of-View' to 75 Degrees. This is done from X-Plane's rendering options windows in X-Plane.

Tecnam P2006T General Information

The Tecnam P2006T is an Italian high-winged, twin-engine all-metal light aircraft built by Costruzioni Aeronautiche Tecnam, which is based in Italy. The P2006T is the lightest twin-engine certified aircraft available, and is a four-seat aircraft with fully retractable landing gear and liquid-cooled Rotax 912 engines.

The P2006T first flew on the 13 September 2007 and was certified by EASA on the 5 June 2009. NASA's all electric X-57 Maxwell prototype aircraft is being developed using a P2006T as its basic structure.

Useful External links and Documents:

Please refer the following documents (Pilot Operating Handbook) of the real P2006T aircraft as the operation manual of the VSKYLABS Tecnam P2006T for use in X-Plane flight simulator, in terms of flying characteristics, handling, techniques etc...

Please note that although there is an 'official manual', the (real) aircraft may be delivered with various variations, for example: radios and indicators type and configurations, propeller levers/Carburetor heat levers configuration (props in the center or to the right side) etc..

The Pilot Operating Handbook that can be found within the following link is not to be used in operating real aircraft. Although it is a "real" manual of the Tecnam P2006T, its update status is unknown, and it is not a replacement for any real aircraft manuals, checklists and other documentations.

This apply also to any other instructions regarding the VSKYLABS Tecnam P2006T aircraft for X-Plane flight simulator.

Link to the Tecnam P2006T website:

Link to the P2006T - Aircraft Flight Manual 2nd Edition - 2010, November 12th Rev.2:

Link to a useful YouTube videos (showing the P2006T G1000). Note that I'm not the owner and not familiar with this YouTube channel:

Aircraft - Quick Orientation:

For your convenience, I've gathered here some useful information, taken from the P2006T Flight Manual. For comprehensive reading, I recommend reading the manual itself. 

General - Three-View and Dimensions:

Control Surfaces Travel Limits:
    • Ailerons Up 20° Down 17 °
    • Stabilator (refer to Trailing Edge) Up 4° Down 15°
    • Stabilator trim tab (refer to Trailing Edge) Up 2°; Down 19°
    • Rudder RH 26° LH 26°
    • Rudder trim tab RH 20° LH 20°
    • Flaps 0°; 40°

    The P2006T is equipped with two four-cylinder four-stroke Rotax 912S engines of 98hp (73kW) each, both rotating clockwise. These are partially liquid cooled and they feature an integrated reduction gear driving constant speed propellers with pitch feathering devices.
    • Manufacturer Bombardier-Rotax GmbH
    • Model 912 S3
    • Engine type 4 cylinders horizontally opposed with 1352 c.c. of overall displacement, liquid cooled cylinder heads, ram-air cooled cylinders, two carburetors, integrated reduction gear box with torsional shock absorber and overload clutch.
    • Maximum power (at declared rpm):
      • 73.5 kW (98.6hp) @ 5800 rpm –5 minutes maximum.
      • 69.0 kW (92.5hp) @ 5500 rpm (continuous).
    • Limitations:
      • Max T.O. rpm: prop - 2388 / engine 5800 (5 minutes max).
      • Max cont. rpm: prop - 2265 / engine 5500.
      • Max CHT 135° C.
      • Min/Max Oil temp 50° C / 130° C
      • Oil temp normal operating range (approx.) 90° C / 110° C.
      • Oil Pressure Minimum 0.8 Bar / 12 psi (below 1400 prop rpm).
      • Oil Pressure Normal 2 – 5 Bar / 29-73 psi (above 1400 prop rpm).
      • Oil Pressure Maximum 7 Bar / 102 psi (above 1400 rpm prop).
      • Fuel Pressure Min: 0.15 Bar / 2.2 psi. 
      • Fuel Pressure Max: 0.40 Bar / 5.8 psi.
    • Maximum Operating Altitude:
      • Maximum operating altitude is 14000 ft (4260 m) MSL. 
      • At altitudes above 12500 ft (3810 m) up to and including 14000 ft (4260 m), flight must be limited to 30 minutes, unless the required minimum flight crew is provided with and uses supplemental oxygen for that part of the flight at those altitudes that is of more than 30 minutes duration.


    • 2 wood/composite blades – aluminum hub.
    • Diameter 1780 mm (no reduction allowed).
    • Type Variable pitch - hydraulically controlled.
    • Hydraulic governor. 

    • Approved fuel:
      • MOGAS ASTM D4814
      • MOGAS EN 228 Super/Super plus (min. RON 95)
      • AVGAS 100LL (ASTM D910)
    • Fuel tanks:
      • Two integrated tanks (one in each wing) fitted with drainable sump and drain valve.
      • Capacity of each wing tan 100 litres (26,42 US gallons).
      • Tanks overall capacity 200 litres (52,8 US gallons).
      • Overall usable fuel 194.4 litres (51,35 US gallons).
      • Overall unusable fuel 5.6 litres (1,48 US gallons).

    Maximum Weights:
    • Maximum takeoff weight 1180 kg (2601 lb).
    • Maximum landing weight 1180 kg (2601 lb).
    • Maximum baggage weight 80 kg (176 lb).
    • Maximum zero wing fuel weight 1145 kg (2524 lb).

    Speed Limitations (KIAS):
    • VNE Never exceed speed:
      • 167 knots  Do not exceed this speed in any operation.
    • VNO Maximum Structural Cruising Speed:
      • 135 knots  Do not exceed this speed except in smooth air, and only with caution.
    • VA/VO Design Maneuvering speed/Operating Maneuvering speed:
      •  118 knots  Do not make full or abrupt control movement above this speed, because under certain conditions the aircraft may be overstressed by full control movement.
    • VLE Maximum Landing Gear extended speed:
      • 93 knots Do not exceed this speed with the landing gear extended.
    • VLO Maximum Landing Gear operating speed:
      • 93 knots Do not exceed this speed when operating the landing gear. 
    • VFE Maximum flaps extended speed:
      • Full - 93 knots Do not exceed this speed for indicated flaps setting.
      • T.O. - 119 knots Do not exceed this speed for indicated flaps setting.
    • VMC Aircraft minimum control speed with one engine inoperative:
      • 62 knots Do not reduce speed below this value in event of one engine inoperative condition.  
    • Single Engine Operations:
      • Minimum aircraft control speed with one engine inoperative and flaps set to T.O. (Vmc ): 62 KIAS.
      • Best rate-of-climb speed with one engine inoperative (Vyse ): 80 KIAS.

    Maneuver load factors limits are as follows:
    • Positive: +3.8 g (+2 g with flaps extended).
    • Negative: -1.78 g (0 g with flaps extended).

    Pedestal Controls:
    • Choke control note: In X-Plane, when starting 'Cold and Dark', the engine is setup with mixture at 'closed' values. In order to use the choke before engine-start, move the handles up and then back to the down (choke-on) position.
    • Carburetor heat control levers are located between throttle and propellers levers; when the knobs are fully pulled backwards, carburetor receive maximum hot air.
    • During normal operations, the levers are fully forward set (carburetors heating set to OFF).
    • Parking brake: The console houses also the parking brake and windshield defrost control knobs (in the VSKYLABS Tecnam P2006T cockpit variation (as well as in real life variants), the defrost control knobs are located in the lower left side of the front panel).

    External Lights:
    • NAV Lights: they provide, by means of three position lights, the aircraft flight direction identification.
    • Strobe Lights: they provide aircraft identification to prevent collision. They are located, like the above mentioned NAV lights, on the winglets and on the top of the vertical fin.
    • Taxi Light: supports taxi maneuvering on the ground at night. It is installed on the left wing leading edge.
    • Landing Light: provides ground reference information during final approach, touchdown, ground roll and take off and illuminates any major obstructions in the airplane approach glide path or on runway at night. It is installed on the left wing leading edge.  

    Electrical system/switches:
    • In the VSKYLABS P2006T there are currently only Two electrical buses plus an Avionics bus. Therefore, there is only One Avionics bus (the right switch is non operational).
    • Because of X-Plane's system simulation limitations, currently there is only a single Cross-Bus switch for setting the whole system in a cross-bus (single generator feeds all of the busses).

    Various instruments:
    • GNS: The VSKYLABS Tecnam P2006T aircraft is featuring the X-Plane included version of the GNS 530/540. It is fully operational through the VC by either clicking on the various knobs and buttons on the GPS panels, or by clicking on their flat screen to open the GPS pop-up window interface.
    • Autopilot: The VSKYLABS Tecnam P2006T aircraft is featuring the X-Plane included version of the S-TEC 55X Autopilot. The X-Plane's S-TEC 55 is a fully functioning autopilot, but it is a simplified version of the real S-TEC 55X autopilot. Some displays are currently not featured in the display screen, but all of the operation modes are fully functioning (heading, NAV, Approach, Back-Course, Alt, Vertical Speed).
      • The Vertical Speed mode is set up to maintain up to 1000 feet/min (climb/descent). Set it up by simply rotating the knob.

    Fuel System:
    • Fuel system consists of two integrated tanks inside the wing torque boxes and fitted with inspection doors.
    • Each fuel tank has a capacity of 100 litres and is equipped with a vent valve (its outlet is located on the lower wing skin) and a sump fitted with a drain valve for water/moisture drainage purposes.
    • An electric fuel pump feeds the pertinent engine in case of engine-driven pump failure. The fuel Gascolator (a sediment-filter bowl) is located beneath the engine nacelle, between the fuel tank and the electrical pump, in correspondence of the fuel system lowest point. It is fitted with a drain valve which allows for the overall fuel line drainage.
    • Fuel quantity indicators and fuel pressure indicators for each engine are located on the RH instrument panel.

    Internal Lights, Rudder trim LED indicator:
    • The instruments panel is featuring a greenish, 'glowing in the dark' needles and markings, along with an internal physical, adjustable lights for the front and upper panels. 

    Warning lights panel:

    The Yokes can be hidden for better front panel operations in VR mode:
    • Simply click on the Yoke base to hide/unhide it (the green area in the following screenshot):

    This page is under construction, as part of arranging the needed materials for the upcoming release.


    1. Now THAT is one exciting project! Really looking forward to following this.

    2. You keep coming up with great light aircraft. I look forward to this in XPlane. Thanks

    3. very nice looking forward to fly it …

    4. Hey, awesome project dude... keep up the great work... looks just like the real thing.
      If you allow me to suggest as do not want to diminish your awesome work, would you consider adding a G1000 option on the avionics? all the real ones I have flown come with them... and most flightschools use them with for glass cockpit instrument training.
      ps: you are a legend

    5. Thank you all for your great feedback ! :)

      All of my projects are featuring *only* out-of-the-box features of X-Plane, so adding a G1000 is a matter of time, until it will be featured in X-Plane. The glass-cockpit version of the P2006T will be relevant in the future though.

      Thanks again :)

    6. Marvellous aircraft. Can't wait to fly it and to see it evolving through time.

    7. excellent aircraft worth every penny.



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