VSKYLABS Rutan LongEZ Project

The VSKYLABS Rutan Long-EZ Project

One of the major VSKYLABS planned releases for X-Plane 11 in 2018 is the Rutan LongEZ:
The Rutan LongEZ is a high performance homebuilt aircraft, designed by the aerospace legend Burt Rutan back in the 80's. Its compact external size results in superb performance and economy using low horsepower engines.

It is featuring advanced aerodynamics and structure to provide good utility, economy, comfort, simplicity and flight safety. The aircraft uses one of two proven certified aircraft engines, the continental O-200/100 hp and the Lycoming O-235/115 hp (the VSKYLABS Rutan LongEZ is featuring the 115 hp engine).

It has an alternator powered electrical system and equipped with an electric engine starter. It’s cockpit layout is designed to compliment pilot work load with throttle, mixture, carburetor heat, pitch trim/landing controls on the left side console and a side stick controller on the right console. Seating provides correct armrest, lumbar, thigh and headrest support allowing “recliner chair” comfort which are typically not to be found in conventional aircraft seats. This configurations allows long, fatigue free flights.

The Long-EZ aircraft pioneered the use of the NASA developed winglet system which consists of an upper and lower cambered surface at each wing tip. These are designed to offset the wingtip vortex and reduce induced drag. The Long-EZ’s use of one way rudders in each winglet, makes use of the winglet camber to tailor the rudder forces. This results in low forces at low speeds where rudders are used, and higher forces at higher speeds where rudders are not needed.

The VSKYLABS Rutan LongEZ aircraft is featuring the 'high performance rudder mod' (the initial design featured short rudders design, but soon after the first Long-EZ took flight, a few modifications were already underway to improve its design, including the extended rudders), and the 'Roncz canard mod' (The original canard design of the LongEZ used the Glasgow University GU25-5(11)8 airfoil. The GU canard caused premature boundary layer transition under rain condition. The 'Roncz canard' which was designed by John Roncz used the Roncz R1145MS airfoil, and was developed in response to that problem, nicknamed "rain canards").

Project's highlights:

  • The project is designed and engineered around the original 1980 'LONG-EZ Plans' and 'Pilot Operating Handbook'.
  • The core of the project is a superb flight dynamics model with authentic aircraft performance and handling characteristics.
  • Highly detailed and animated aircraft model along with 4K textures.
  • Highly detailed and functional 'VR-Ready' 3D cockpit environment.
  • FMOD sounds engineered with a 'rough and tough' feel for enhanced flying experience.
  • IFR capability.

The VSKYLABS Rutan LongEZ Project is expected to be released by the end of April 2018, so stay tuned for incoming developments!

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