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VSKYLABS Rutan Long-EZ Project 3.0
VSKYLABS Rutan Long-EZ Project 3.0
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New: X-Plane 12 Version available at no extra cost! (XP11 version still included)
The VSKYLABS Rutan LongEZ Project
for X-Plane was developed with Burt Rutan's permission (however it is an independent VSKYLABS project which is not affiliated with Burt Rutan). The project is based on the design of the Long-EZ (NR79RA) prototype and it is under constant development.
The Rutan LongEZ aircraft
is a high performance home built aircraft, designed by the aerospace legend Burt Rutan back in the 80's. Its compact external size results in superb performance and economy using low horsepower engines.
It is featuring advanced aerodynamics and structure to provide good utility, economy, comfort, simplicity and flight safety. The aircraft uses one of two proven certified aircraft engines, the continental O-200/100 hp and the Lycoming O-235/115 hp (the VSKYLABS Rutan LongEZ is featuring the 115 hp engine).
It has an alternator powered electrical system and equipped with an electric engine starter. Itâ€™s cockpit layout is designed to compliment pilot work load with throttle, mixture, carburetor heat, pitch trim/landing controls on the left side console and a side stick controller on the right console. Seating provides correct armrest, lumbar, thigh and headrest support allowing 'recliner chair' comfort which are typically not to be found in conventional aircraft seats. This configurations allows long, fatigue free flights.
Designed for Virtual Reality experience:
VSKYLABS Rutan LongEZ Project
is featuring a fully-configured and functional control suite which is optimized for VR functionality. This means that the cockpit can be operated with maximum comfort and fluency using VR controllers. The VR development process in this project was made with the native VR environment of X-Plane 11
Project Main Features:
New Version 3.0
The project is designed and engineered around the original 1980 'LONG-EZ Plans' and 'Pilot Operating Handbook' (N79RA). As a result, the VSKYLABS Rutan LongEZ Owner's manual is based on the real LongEZ owner's manual. The manual for the VSKYLABS LongEZ aircraft can be downloaded for free.
Two variants included: Fully equipped Analog cockpit + 2x7" G1000 bundle cockpit.
The core of the project is a superb flight dynamics model with authentic aircraft performance and handling characteristics.
All LongEZ unique aerodynamics and systems are being simulated: Authentic handling, LongEZ stall characteristics, aircraft performance, Speed brakes (belly + Rudder brakes), On-ground retractable nose-gear and more!
Designed for X-Plane's latest Experimental flight model environment.
Aeromatic propeller configuration is simulated (fully automatic variable pitch propeller).
Highly detailed and animated aircraft model.
AMAZING LongEZ VR experience! Highly detailed and functional 'VR-Ready' 3D cockpit environment.
FMOD sounds engineered for enhanced flying experience, including high AoA buffeting, ground vibrations, wind noises and more!
IFR capability (both analog and G1000 variants).
Autopilot - Experimental/LSA grade autopilot is included in the analog cockpit variant, and fully-capable GA grade autopilot in the G1000 variant.
STMA Autoupdater plugin - included
Project under constant development!
More pictures here
X-Plane 12 or X-Plane 11
Windows, Mac or Linux
4 GB VRAM minimim. 8 GB+ VRAM Recommended
Current version: 4.1 (November 23rd 2022)
Designed by VskyLabs
For support on the VSkyLabs LongEZ, please use the
(November 23rd 2022)
Added the Skunkcraft Updater
(September 5th 2022)
Added link for the X-Plane 12 version
(September 15th 2020)
Update v3.0 is a *MAJOR UPDATE RELEASE*:
Additional variant was added to the package: A dual 7" G1000 glass cockpit LongEZ.
Flight Dynamics: Fine tuning and final adaptation to the latest X-Plane's Experimental flight model.
Aerodynamic Rudder-Brakes mod was implemented into the flight model.
New Look and Feel: Extensive remodeling, re-texturing, re-mapping and enhancement of the entire project and its visual assets.
Enhanced FMOD sound pack: To include high quality sound engineering and interactions from engine vibrations, high Angle of Attack buffeting and overall experience.
VR interactivity tuneups.
(March 31st 2020)
Extensive flight dynamics tuneup for the Aeromatic propeller simulation.
Performance and handling characteristics tuneup.
External luggage pods are now affecting overall drag when placed/removed.
External luggage pods may placed empty, or being loaded via the weight and balance setup. Weight and drag are differential, meaning that the pods may be installed while empty. This will add their drag to the overall drag without relation to their weight.
Nosewheel castor limit was set to 65 degrees.
3D modeling improvements:
Cockpit front panel remodeled with flushed-gauges and improved appearance.
Old Bendix Transponder replaced with new custom GTX 330.
Old GNS530 Remodeled and replaced with a new one.
Interior composite structure remodeled, re-textured with higher resolution.
Interior canopy element repainted.
Aux Fuel Pump light bulb was replaced with a new one (3D modeled, LIT).
Passenger is now visible from 1st person pilot view (can be removed by reducing it's weight via the payload setup).
Pilot hands are on the controls, animated (visible from external view only).
Systems, operation and interactions:
Vertical Speed Indicator was re-calibrated.
External luggage pods interaction is now different: Pods are visible by default, and by that are affecting drag. To remove/install them, simply click on the upper wing area in front of the fuel tank caps, or, assign Custom Slider#11 in X-Plane's assignments setup.
New instrument gauges lighting for night-flying capability.
Fuel tank selector is now switched to 'OFF' in cold and dark start.
Weight and balance:
The aircraft is now being loaded with two persons on board, and empty wing pods. to change these before flight, simply set the aircraft payload in X-Plane menu.
The Red/White N79RA livery is now the default one. The Plain White paint was added as a separate livery.
(November 11th 2019)
Updated to X-Plane 11.40+ Experimental flight model.
(October 19th 2019)
STMA Autoupdater plugin was added
(26th November 2018)
Luggage pods are now removed, and will be added and visible only when the payload is set to exceed ~360 pounds (to include pilot/pilots and luggage), in the weight and balance settings in X-Plane.
Engine power tuneups.
High Angle of Attack handling tuneups.
3D modeling refinements.
(Nov 2nd 2018)
fix to joystick throttle command issues.
30th July 2018
Flight Dynamic Model fix for engine exhaust point.
(May 4th 2018)
Minor fix update:
Nose gear horn refinements and additional 100 knots IAS threshold limit.
Turn and slip indicator adjustment.
Magnetic compass - a fixed index needle was added.
Aircraft category fixed to 'Experimental' only.
Version 1.1 (May 10th 2018)
3D Modeling - general:
Cockpit floor workaround (modeling and texture).
Rudder pedals installation.
Animated canopy strut.
Installation of the canopy-unlocked buzzer (warning when canopy is unlocked and throttle up to 90%).
Touchdown sounds refinement and enhancement.
Landing gears ride vibration effect.
Additional livery included.
Refinements of some of the clickable visible green areas for more aesthetic appearance.
Version 1.0 (May 7th 2018)
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