The VSKYLABS Tecnam P2006T Project

Fast-Guide instructions for use with X-Plane 11 flight simulator

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Experimental Flight Model mode:

  • The VSL P2006T (from version v6.0) is designed for use in the Experimental Flight Model Mode of X-Plane 11.30+. In order to use it, please go to the General Settings window in X-Plane 11.30 and mark the Experimental Flight Model checkbox. You will need to reload the aircraft right after.
  • Make sure that X-Plane is setup for MAXIMUM REALISM: This should be set up in the Joystick setup window (all sliders should be dragged to the left for "0" values.

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..

Warning:

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.

Manuals (for information only)

The following links, videos and YouTube channels are not related/affiliated/endorsed with/by VSKYLABS:

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

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B18IAG6g43Y_Q0lxTW12VlhCUms/view?usp=sharing

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Link to a useful YouTube videos (showing the P2006T G1000):

Before takeoff checklist:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8rXqOTBs68

Takeoff demonstration:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j059Cvtu_p0

Power-on Stall & Vmc Demo:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2N0df45sqs&t=70s

Engine Out Demo:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ypVTCPkrE4

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Design and Aerodynamic analysis of the P2006T aircraft:

http://www.icas.org/ICAS_ARCHIVE/ICAS2008/PAPERS/629.PDF

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Link to the Tecnam P2006T website:

http://www.tecnam.com/aircraft/p2006t/

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.

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°

Engine:

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.

Propeller:


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

Fuel:

  • 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, choke control is part of the mixture settings, and manipulating the mixture is practically acting as choke. The real aircraft engines are equipped with automatic mixture control (the aircraft is not equipped with mixture levers), and so as the VSKYLABS P2006T. In this condition, effective choke control is not needed when starting the engines because X-Plane is setting the choke condition automatically. For that reason, choke control is disabled in the VSKYLABS P2006T, and there is no need for its operation. In the next update, the chokes levers will be setup to work as in the real aircraft.
  • 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).
  • Throttle and Prop levers mouse manipulators: In version v4.0 they are re-designed. To operate the levers point the mouse on the needed lever and use the mouse wheel to move fast/slow up or down. This is an experimental configuration that may be changed according to users input.

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.

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):

AviTab plugin integration:

The VSKYLABS Tecnam P2006T Project is "AviTab ready". AviTab is a freeware plugin which is allowing tablet for cockpit usage with full support for X-Plane's native VR and normal 2D modes. In general it is a moving map and PDF viewer. It is including virtual keyboard and lots of useful stuff! It is a great map and information resource in the cockpit (including checklists etc...).

This "AviTab ready" title means that the 3D integration with the plugin is possible on the fly, as an option. The AviTab plugin is a freeware plugin which can be used for 3D and as a pop-up window as well (one can simply install the plugin into X-Plane and use it as a pop-up window with any aircraft flown).

To use the plugin with the VSKYLABS Tecnam P2006T Project, simply install the AviTab plugin into X-Plane, and that's it.

The AviTab display is available in both the Analog and the G1000 variants. However, it is hidden by default, meaning that it will not be a distraction for the pilots who are not using / haven't installed the plugin. However, the Tablet can be shown at any time on pilot's request.

To show/hide the tablet simply assign a key or button to toggle 'Custom Slider#1'.

IMPORTANT: The AviTab plugin itself IS NOT a part and not included in any of the VSKYLABS projects. This plugin and its developers ARE NOT related or connected with VSKYLABS whatsoever, and VSKYLABS is not responsible to any damage or any other issues that were as a result of using the AviTab plugin. The VSKYLABS Tecnam P2006T Project operation and function ARE NOT dependent on any plugin or other 3rd party software/coding. If one will want to use the aircraft without the plugin, it will have no affect the project usability and function.

Here is a link to AviTab at the www.X-Plane.org portal (there is a whole support forum section at the .org dedicated to AviTab as well):

https://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?/files/file/44825-avitab-vr-compatible-tablet-with-pdf-viewer-moving-maps-and-more/