AirfoilLabs updates the Cessna 172S NG for X-Plane 12

The best Study Level Cessna 172 to date is now available for X-Plane 12.

Posted: 19-Oct-2022 @ 18:50z

Developer AirfoilLabs recently updated their highly popular study level Cessna 172S NG for X-Plane 12, included in the update is a brand new flight model for X-Plane 12, reworked internal 3d model including texturing, X-Plane 12 rain effects and more.

The Cessna 172 is one of the most successful single-engined aircraft in history, with over 44,000 units being produced since its first flight in 1955. Still in production today, the 172 looks very much the same as it did off the production line in the 1950s. The 172 remains predominant in flight training schools around the world, with it being designed to be super easy to fly and to handle those bumpy first-time landings with ease. Owned and loved by private pilots at each corner of the globe, many believe the 172 to be the best aircraft they’ve flown.

You can purchase the AirfoilLabs Cessna 172S NG on the X-Plane Store for $49.95.


New X-Plane 12 Features

  • ​Reworked Internal 3d model and textures
  • Brand new X-Plane 12 flight model
  • Internal Camera Enhancements (G-Forces) – Immersive camera effects out of the box
  • Complex External Camera Enhancements
  • Toe Brakes Smoothing Option for a better experience
  • Full VR compatibility
  • No bezels Garmin Displays commands for cockpit builders (RealSimGear, etc.)
  • XJet now works also on Apple Silicon PCs (Arm)
  • X-Plane 12 Rain Effects

3D Model

  • ​3D Model based on real aircraft and rebuilt from the ground up
  • Exquisite PBR Texturing
  • Lycoming IO-360-L2A with all engine parts
  • Engine Heater, GPU, Refueling details, Fuel Sampling, Oil Management
  • Covers, Chocks, Tiedowns
  • Interior with many animations, vibrations, zero-G floating objects, baggage, and more
  • Damaged Aircraft Parts
  • Many detailed passengers and pilots
  • Rain, Fogging, Icing, Broken Windshield
  • Custom Particles Effects
  • 48 Liveries
  • Countless additional details, features, and animation
  • HDR Lighting System

​FMOD Sound

  • More than 320 sounds + detailed, layered engine samples with audible failures simulation
  • Many actual aircraft recording sessions
  • All animations, movements, and situations produce sounds
  • Weather effects outside and inside of the aircraft

Flight Model

  • Based on actual aircraft flight recordings
  • Performance tuned and correlated with performance tables
  • Behaviour details consulted with Pilots and Flight Instructors
  • Additional custom behaviour: Stall and Spin, Soft Field Takeoff, Crosswind Ground Operations
  • Lift, Drag, Moment Forces Airfoils Data customized by internal plugin-based tweaker
  • Detailed Damage Simulation as Bending of the wings, Overspeed Flutter, Flaps damage, etc.
  • Wing Tail and Fuselage ground strike simulation.
  • Flight Model is influenced by – Vortex Generators, Flap Gap Seals, Bush Wheels, Fairings, Broken Windshield, etc.

Aircraft Systems

  • Custom Fuel System Simulation, including fuel flow and individual components logic and failures
  • Landing Gear plugin-based tuning of forces, including Side Moments, Skidding, and more
  • Detailed Landing Gear Damage – Bending Struts, Tire Wear, Flat Tire, Brakes, etc.
  • Flight Controls Damage simulation

Electrical System

  • Plugin Based Custom Electrical System designed according to real C172 Electrical Scheme
  • Simulating All Circuit Breakers, Electrical Components Failures, Short Circuits
  • Custom Busses, Fuses, Corrected Voltages, Amps, Batteries, behaviours, etc.
  • Electrical Scheme 2D Panel with live states

Engine Logic

  • Plugin Based Custom Engine Components Simulation and Wear
  • Per Cylinder Simulation of Temperatures, Wear and Failures
  • Custom Oil Temperature, Pressure Simulation
  • Custom Per Cylinder EGT simulation
  • 2 Magnetos and 8 Individual Spark Plugs Simulations
  • Spark Plugs Fouling Simulation
  • Additional Engine Components Wear and Failure Simulation (Air Intake, Fuel Pump, Exhaust, Fuel/Air Control Unit, Fuel Flow Transducer, Oil Filter, etc.)

​​Failure Management System and Scenarios Saving

  • Custom Plugin-Based Failure Management System
  • 175 Individual Components Simulated
  • Each Aircraft Component has a Wear property with custom Logic
  • Components Wear and Failures influence each other
  • Components State Saving Option
  • Failed at Altitude ASL/AGL Option
  • Possibility to Save Failure Sets as Individual Scenarios with thumbnail and description
  • 30 Scenarios Provided

C172 Knowledge Base

  • All of the 175 failable components are explained in detail in a 2D window
  • It provides valuable C172 information about how the aircraft works in real life
  • Engine Components are 3D clickable from the outside with Instant Descriptions, Explanations, and Illustrations.

User Interface and 2D Panels

  • New Gen User Interface with Floating Menu – Ergonomy and Ease of Use in mind
  • Instant Loading of Aircraft States: Cold&Dark, Before Start, Before Taxi, Before Takeoff
  • Detailed 2d panels with detachable windows for second monitors
  • PFD, MFD, Audio Panel, Switches Panel, Standby Instruments, CBs, Throttle Quadrant, Pedestal, Electrical System, Engine with animations 2D Panels
  • Aircraft Options Menu
  • Weight & Balance Detailed Options
  • Complex Failure Management System
  • General Settings include aircraft states, components conditions, sounds, intro, etc.
  • Custom Load/Save Situations Dialog
  • Remote Control for Airfoillabs Hangar at KAWO airport
  • Camera and Quick View Interface
  • Automated Checklists with Performace Calculators (Takeoff, Landing, Cruise)
  • Stylish Intro Animation
  • Cockpit Builders Optimized

G1000 additional features

  • Custom Engine Panel with Realistic Lean and System Tabs
  • Lean Assist Logic
  • Reversionary Mode Logic related to custom components
  • Custom Alerts, Caution, and Warning System
  • Speed Slip Improvements (Acceleration, V Speeds)
  • Simulating Loading Sequence and Instruments Initialisations
  • Custom Instruments Failures Warnings
  • G1000 Components Failures simulation

Aircraft Options

  • Wheel Fairings, Stylish Disc Wheel Covers, Bush wheels
  • Vortex Generators, Flap Gap Seals
  • Cockpit AoA Indicator and Tablet with AviTab Implementation
  • Headphones Logic and Noise Canceling

Checklist and Performance

  • Complex Automated Checklist System
  • Camera Focus on Instruments Option
  • Checklist Flow Options: Manual, Semi-Automatic, Automatic
  • Checklist Hints
  • Short Field Takeoff Calculator
  • Short Field Landing Calculator

Ground Operations

  • Manual Towing
  • Exterior Manual Check of Flight Controls
  • Covers, Tiedowns, Chocks Manipulation
  • Manual Fuel Sampling
  • Manual Refueling and Fuel Quantity Check
  • Manual Oil Refilling and Oil Quantity Check
  • Engine Heater Operation Logic

​​Walk Feature and QuickLook Camera with Collisions

  • Walk Feature with Terrain and Aircraft Collisions
  • Walk, Run, Crouch, and Gravity Simulation
  • Climb on the aircraft to refuel, get in/out
  • Customizable and Comfortable QuickLook System for Hat Switch Joysticks, compatible with other plugins
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