Aircraft developer VSkyLabs has silently released their newest Test Pilot aircraft series, the Flight Design CTLS. The Test Pilot product line up aiming to bring the most cutting edge Flight Model using X-Plane's new Experimental Flight Model. Approved and acknowledged by the company developing the real world counterpart (Flight Design GmbH), it is nonetheless a separate development under VSkyLabs which is not officially affiliated/endorsed.
The real aircraft is developed by Flight Design of Germany. Produced in 2008, it's a high-wing, tricycle, two seat light sport aircraft, belonging to the Flight Design CT series family. The entire assembly consists of components manufactured using composite materials, that make up a design that is optimised to carry heavy loads with it being light weight and adopting an efficient aerodynamic form factor. The main landing gears' composite composition is designed for high shock absorption.. It is powered by a single Rotax 912 ULS engine, enabling efficient and fast flight that also offers a spacious cabin experience. Its cantilever wing layout offers an obstruction free window view. Finally, the aircraft comes equipped with a BRS parachute (Ballistic Recovery System), so if you're in the mood to bail, you're good.
Designed for X-Plane 11.40+ Experimental flight model.
VSKYLABS 'Test-Pilot' Project: designed for use with X-Plane 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)
FMOD Sounds Pack:
FMOD Sound pack update to include Rotax 912 authentic sounds.
Starter, engine start and shutdown sound interactions were added.
Bug fix for quiet sounds in 'VR external' mode.
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.
The aircraft costs $27.50 USD, users who are interested may purchase it on X-Plane.org store.