VSKYLABS Flight Design CTSW / CTLS Projects in Development

By
Alex John
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Two new aircraft have been announced by VSKYLABS Aerospace Simulations. On Tuesday, the developer announced the Flight Design CTSW Project. The aircraft is a two-seater ultralight/light-sport aircraft that specialises in composite technology, hence the first two letters of the model, CT.

Today also saw the announcement modified to include the CTLS - this aircraft is a direct improvement of the CTSW that sports several improvements It was said to be a completely separate project to the CTSW, and thus will release independently to the CTSW.

The developer also noted the Aeroprakt A22LS Foxbat is another project that will be announced later in the year.

Flight Design CTSW
Flight Design CTLS

Quoting the post on x-plane.org, VSKYLABS states:

"The VSKYLABS Flight Design CTSW / CTLS Project is one of the *TWO* LSA projects planned for release during 2019. The second LSA project is the Aeroprakt A22LS Foxbat, and information regarding it will be available later this year.

"*The two variants (CTSW / CTLS) are being developed as separated projects, and will be released independently.

"(The CTSW/CTLS and Foxbat projects are being developed by VSKYLABS for X-Plane, with Flight Design and Aeroprakt aircraft companies approvals. However, they are independent VSKYLABS projects, which are not affiliated and/or endorsed by Flight Design and Aeroprakt companies, respectively).

"The Flight Design CTSW is a two seat ultralight/light-sport-aircraft developed and manufactured by the 'Flight Design' company, Germany. The 'CTSW' is the 3rd variant in the 'CT' aircraft series evolution ("CT" stands for "Composite Technology"). It is constructed mostly from carbon fiber, powered by the 100hp Rotax 912 series engine. Its efficient aerodynamic design makes the CTSW a fast and efficient aircraft, with a Never-exceed-speed of 145-151 knots (depending on its registration type), while having an excellent slow flying characteristics with stall speed of 38 KCAS (with full flaps down). The CTSW is capable of ground operations (takeoff and landing) with up to 16 knots crosswinds. The CTSW has a slotted flaps system with Reflex setting, extending downwards for slow speed flight, and reflex upwards for cruise (from -6 to -12 degrees within CT-LSA Australia). Flying the CTSW can get quite challenging at low airspeed and during landings and requires feet-work especially in the slower airspeed operations.

"The Flight Design CTLS was the next step in the 'CT' series evolution, improving the CTSW in several areas. Upgrades included a new landing gears design, improved cabin design, fuel system, re-designed wing tips and it is a bit heavier. The CTLS has a side/back window on each side, and a small compartment space within the cabin, behind the seats. In general, it is a bit more stable and robust than the CTSW.

"The VSKYLABS Flight Design CTSW and CTLS Project initial variants are equipped with the 'CT Classic' base instrument panel, which is featuring VFR analog gauges, along with a nightflight package, Garmin GPS, radio and transponder. Final avionics configuration is still under evaluation and will be determined soon for both projects.

"Glass cockpit - the VSL CTSW will remain with the 'Classic' VFR analog panel, while the VSL CTLS is scheduled for glass cockpit implementation down the development road, and it may be released with two sets of panels. This will be determined soon.

"The projects are *designed for VR*, intended to use the original Aircraft Operating Instructions as the practical pilot operations and instructions manual:

  • CTSW (CTSW / CTSW-2006 / CTSW Classic / CTSW Advanced).
  • CTLS (CTLS-LSA 2012 Edition).

"The projects are featuring a superb flight dynamics model of the CTSW / CTLS, including authentic performance, flying characteristics and handling.

"**Projects intended release window schedule will be posted later this month.

"Stay tuned! 😎"

Flight Design CTLS
Flight Design CTSW

VSKYLABS post very regular updates on their Facebook page, which can be viewed here.

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