VSKYLABS 'Maximus Atlantic'

VSKYLABS Maximus - Atlantic

Original design of a high performance, long range compact aircraft prototype.

Maximus-Atlantic is a research prototype which designed for trans-Atlantic flights.


Project highlights:Light weight and compact long range glider type aircraft design.
Landing gears layout, stability and control, fuel capacity of such aircraft.
Flight handling and flight profiles for maximum range.

The VSKYLABS Maximus Atlantic:The VSKYLABS Maximus Atlantic is designed to travel 4000 miles using 600 Gallons of fuel. It's basically a high subsonic speed glider, powered by a Turbo-Fan engine such as the williams FJ44-4, producing about 3600 lbs. of thrust, giving it the ability to cruise at 40,000 - 50,000 feet, Mach 0.7 - 0.75.

The aircraft is equipped with a light-weight and effective Landing Gears system, Simple structure and controls systems, and a full cockpit for IFR flight, including Autopilot which configured for easy climb and cruise profiles, FMS, moving map, Nav and Com radios etc.

Landing gears system including a retractable, steerable, belly positioned as a main landing gear. Tail wheel and wing-tip wheels are for low speed ground operation.

FLIGHT HANDLING AND PROCEDURES:The VSKYLABS Maximus Atlantic is easy to fly once it's airborne, but...
Takeoff and Landing handling is very challenging and require you to master the following procedures to make them safe. Please take a minute to get familiar with the procedures below before trying to fly it "out of the box".

Take off procedure (half-maximum weight):

  • Apply full gear brakes ("V").
  • Apply full throttle.
  • Check flaps "UP".
  • Release Brakes.
  • Runway correction by Rudder (main landing gear is steerable, connected to rudder control).
  • Operate Stick to level up the wings.
  • Aircraft tail will go up at about 80 Knots. Keep running on central main landing gears.
  • Pull the stick gently. Lift-off will occur at about 100 Knots.
  • At positive rate of climb - Retract Landing gears.
  • Accelerate to climbing speed of 250 Knots.
When Taking off in Maximum weight: Re-check Flaps "UP", Pull the stick for Lift-off at 110 Knots.

Suggested climb profile to 45,000 feet:

  • Accelerate to 250 Knots at sea level.
  • Maximum thrust climb to 20,000 feet at 250 Knots (Initial rate of climb will be 4000 ft/m).
  • At 20,000 feet, accelerate to Mach 0.6 (275 Knots) in level flight.
  • Maximum thrust climb to 30,000 feet at Mach 0.6 (Initial rate of climb will be 2000 ft/m).
  • At 30,000 feet, accelerate to Mach 0.65 in level flight.
  • Maximum thrust climb to 45,000 feet at Mach 0.65.
  • When reaching cruise altitude, accelerate and cruise at Mach 0.7
Use the Autopilot for accurate profile.

Descent profile:

  • Use SPEED-BRAKES for descent.
  • Engine thrust at IDLE.
  • Extract Flaps for Higher descent rate (Below 150 Knots).
  • Extract Landing Gears for higher descent rate (Below 200 Knots).

Landing procedure:

  1. Speed Brakes - EXTRACT.
  2. Landing gears - DOWN.
  3. Final between 110 Knots to 95 Knots.
  4. Judge for landing point with the Flaps.
  5. Flare with Idle thrust only, pulling the stick gently.
  6. Touchdown speed is 75 Knots (above that runway bumping may occur).
  7. Keep pulling the Stick all the way and maintain the wing leveled.
  8. Apply Gear Brakes gently below 40 Knots.