The VSKYLABS Flight Design CTLS Project

For X-Plane 11.30+

The VSKYLABS Flight Design CTLS Project

The development of the VSKYLABS Flight Design CTLS Project for X Plane 11 was approved by 'Flight Design GmbH'. Although acknowledged by 'Flight Design GmbH', it is an independent VSKYLABS project which is not affiliated and/or endorsed with/by 'Flight Design GmbH'.

This project is part of the VSKYLABS 'Test-Pilot' series, designed specifically for use with X-Plane 11.30+ cutting edge Experimental Flight Model (should be enabled in X-Plane's General Settings menu).

The CTLS aircraft is produced by Flight Design of Germany. Produced in 2008, it is a part of Flight Design CT series family. It is a high-wing, tricycle, two seat light sport aircraft. The aircraft built mainly from composite materials construction, having an efficient aerodynamics shape and relatively low weight, allowing to carry high useful loads. It is powered by a Rotax 912 ULS engine. Thanks to its design efficiency, the CTLS is fast, spacious and capable for cross country flights, with a cruise speed of approximately 115 knots, and maximum range of up to 850 nautical miles. Due to its cantilever wing design, the CTLS has no wing struts to obstruct the outside view. Main landing gears are composite constructed as well, designed to absorb hard landings. The CTLS is equipped with a BRS (Ballistic Recovery System) parachute.

Project Highlights:

  • VSKYLABS 'Test-Pilot' Project: designed for use with X-Plane 11.30+ cutting edge Experimental flight model environment, featuring a superb flight dynamics with authentic performance and flight handling characteristics.
  • Built for VR: development was tailored specifically for VR, and optimized for 2D usage.
  • Engineered and designed as a default X-Plane aircraft (Like all VSKYLABS projects). The VSKYLABS projects are practically show-casing X-Plane, as they are stretching X-Plane default features, systems and flight model to its limits without any dependencies on complementary plugins or software...delivering a very robust simulation model, having maximum compatibility with the ever evolving X-Plane flight simulator.
  • Perfect fit for beginner and expert pilots: The VSL CTLS is featuring the standard, basic CT VFR + night pack panel. The simple and clear analog gauges layout is perfect for beginner pilots. It is also featuring an enhanced panel, which is including the addition of a notebook-based glass PFD along with a Dynon style AP74 and HS34 (these are incorporated with simplified, yet functional features).
  • Built-in Avitab Plugin Compatibility (AviTab plugin is not included).
  • STMA Autoupdater plugin is included - all updates are being pushed smoothly without the need to re-download the entire base package (base package will be updated every once in a while to minimize the gap).
  • Highly responsive VSKYLABS support forums: Professional discussions which results in incorporating users feedback into the on-going scheduled development plan. Real-pilots inputs (as well as sim-pilots feedback) are always welcome, and in practice sets the the VSKYLABS projects within solid, professional margins over time.
  • The project is under constant maintenance and development - updates are free.

Additional Notes:

Simulated systems:

The VSKYLABS CTLS is making use of X-Plane 11 latest native features, systems and physics, with no dependencies on additional/external plugins or software. This is assuring a high airworthiness condition in X-Plane, throughout its update process. As a result, systems on board are restricted to X-Plane’s default systems algorithms, and some differences in systems architecture may be noticeable.

Additional Notes:

The VSKYLABS CTLS project is under constantly development and evaluation. Differences from the simulated VSKYLABS CTLS aircraft and the real CTLS aircraft may be noticeable:

  • Avionics package: The VSL CTLS is equipped with basic cockpit panel and avionics, based on X-Plane's GNS530 and simplified EFIS display. This aspect is still under development with the goal of adding a full glass cockpit variant, based on X-Plane's Garmin g1000 and/or modular EFIS glass cockpit elements to found on the LSA market, and a custom built engine management display. In all cases, future development of avionics will always be based on X-Plane's default features (stretched to its limits).
  • Flaps operation: Like in the real CTLS, the VSL CTLS desired flaps setting is selected with the flaps lever switch for these preset positions: -6, 0, 15, 30, 40. However, setting the flaps in between these values by switching the flaps lever switch *below* '0' position or *above* '40' position is not enabled. This is still under development. In addition, the flaps over-load CB (located just right side to the flaps lever switch) is not simulated in v1.0, but it will be fully functional in future updates.
  • HS34+AP74: These are not in-depth simulated...only modeled with simplified/basic functionality with the purpose to allow autopilot operation.
  • General visualization: The VSL CTLS aircraft was modeled to demonstrate the visuals of the real CTLS. However, various differences from the real aircraft may be noticeable, but should not compromise the overall look and feel of the CTLS.
  • The project is still under development in every aspect.