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  • VSKYLABS Aerospace Simulations Releases Robinson R44 Update


    VSKYLABS Aerospace Simulations, renowned for their unique and niche aircraft introductions in X-Plane, has recently launched an updated release of their Robinson R44 Raven II project, tailored for compatibility with the latest version of Laminar Research's X-Plane 12.0.08. This follows their previous success with the iconic SR-71, showcasing their ongoing commitment to delivering distinctive aircraft experiences.

    The Robinson R44, a four-seat rotor-wing aircraft manufactured by Robinson Aircraft in Torrance, California, builds upon earlier models like the R22, featuring a larger cabin and enhanced performance. With over 5,000 deliveries worldwide, it stands as one of the best-selling general aviation helicopters, serving diverse roles from sightseeing to government operations.

    In recent weeks, the VSKYLABS team has dedicated efforts to several key areas of improvement. This update focuses on fine-tuning the drive train simulation, refining aircraft performance and handling characteristics, and enhancing auto rotation and landing skid dynamics. Notably, engine power gradient accuracies have been improved, complemented by comprehensive graphical enhancements utilizing a full PBR setup to maximize visual fidelity within X-Plane 12. Additional default liveries have been included, enhancing customization options. Moreover, the update enhances sound quality by upgrading FMOD sound packs to v2.0x and introducing physics-based blade angle slap sounds.

    Existing customers can access this update through the auto-updater, with VSKYLABS recommending downloading the store build package to maintain alignment between user-end progressive versions and the base build version. For more details, including the complete update log and purchasing options, visit the VSKYLABS website at www.vskylabs.com or explore the project on the x-plane.org store website.

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