VSKYLABS Releases Robinson R44 Raven II

October 25, 2020

VSKYLABS has just released their latest helicopter for X-Plane 11, the Robinson R44 Raven II. This release comes eight months after the release of the R66 by the developer. 

The R44 Raven II is a light single-engine helicopter currently produced by the Robinson Helicopter Company. The four-seater has been in production since 1990 and over 6,300 airframes have been produced. Based on the Robinson R-22, the aircraft is popular for its affordable purchase and operational costs. The Raven II is an improved version of the helicopter that features wider blades, a more powerful engine and improved performance. 

As all other VSKYLABS ‘Test-Pilot’ Series, the add-on was built to work with X-Plane’s Experimental Flight Model. Equipped with steam gauges and a GNS530, the VSKYLABS Raven II has many other features, the full list is available here:

  • VSKYLABS 'Test-Pilot' Project.
  • Robust and Highly Defined flight dynamics model of the Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter, built around the powerful, native X-Plane 11 'Experimental Flight Model' environment.
  • Highly detailed model of the Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter.
  • Autorotation capable.
  • Comprehensive systems which were designed to follow the real R44 Raven II POH, as authentically as possible within X-Plane 11 flight simulator limitations.
  • Fully functional VR (Virtual Reality) Ready: highly interactive cockpit environment including levers, switches, guards, 3D checklist viewer, modular cyclic and more.
  • Equipped with Robinson's classic 7 holes analog panel.
  • R44 Auxiliary fuel system.
  • Removable doors.
  • Fully featured GNS530.
  • Built-in Avitab Compatibility (Avitab plugin not included).
  • Multi-Layer FMOD sound pack.
  • The project is under constant development: development road-map is including flight model refinements, enhanced systems depth, additional liveries and other improvements.
  • STMA Autoupdater is included: project updates are fast and efficient!
  • Highly responsive VSKYLABS support forums.

The VSKYLABS R44 Raven II is available on the developer’s store or the X-Plane.org Store for $33.95. 

Check out our original article covering the announcement of the R44. We recently reviewed another helicopter, the JRX Design Gazelle, check out our article

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