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NEWS! - Aircraft Update : He-162 Project v3.0 - VSKYLABS 'Test-Pilot' Series

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NEWS! - Aircraft Update : He-162 Project v3.0 - VSKYLABS 'Test-Pilot' Series


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Released in July 2020. This is another project aircraft from vSkyLabs, called the He-162 Project. Now Updated to v3.0 and is also X-Plane 12 compliant.


The Heinkel He 162 Volksjäger (German, "People's Fighter") was a German single-engine, jet-powered fighter aircraft fielded by the Luftwaffe in World War II. Developed under the Emergency Fighter Program, it was designed and built quickly and made primarily of wood as metals were in very short supply and also prioritised for other aircraft. Volksjäger was the Reich Air Ministry's official name for the government design program competition won by the He 162 design. Other names given to the plane include Salamander, which was the codename of its wing-construction program, and Spatz ("Sparrow"), which was the name given to the plane by the Heinkel aviation firm.


The aircraft was notable for its small size; although almost the same length as a Bf 109, its wing was much shorter at 7.2 metres (24 ft) vs. 9.9 metres (32 ft) for the 109. Most distinctive was its top-mounted engine, which combined with the aircraft's ground-hugging landing gear allowed the engine to be easily accessed for maintenance.


The vSkylab philosophy is that you are purchasing an ongoing project, so any aircraft you purchase is not fully completed or is completed to 100%, that is the deal you sign up for to get access to the aircraft and all the development is free and ongoing throughout the X-Plane 12 version. These projects are under constant development: the development road-map is including flight model refinements, enhanced systems depth, additional liveries and other improvements.


Project's Main Features:

  • VSKYLABS 'Test-Pilot' project
  • Highly defined flight dynamics model of the He-162 First Generation Jet-Fighter
  • Comprehensive damage simulation
  • Built around the powerful, native X-Plane's 'Experimental Flight Model' environment.
  • Highly detailed model  of the Heinkel He-162 aircraft.
  • Comprehensive manual - 50 pages booklet
  • Systems simulation: All core systems of the He-162 are modeled
  • Fully functional VR (Virtual Reality) Ready
  • Multi-Layer FMOD sound pack
  • Auto-Updates and Support
  • Highly responsive VSKYLABS support forums


XP12 - v3.0 (22nd February 2023)
  • Flight model deep validation to fall in line with the latest XP12 flight model updates (phase #1/2).
  • Variable-area Nozzle performance enhancements (thrust, temperatures, speeds, altitudes).
  • Landing gears physics overhauled.
  • Weight and balance tune-up due latest XP12 aerodynamics updates.
  • PBR rework for interior/exterior (to fall in line with the new XP12 rendering and lighting updates).
  • Fix to 'aircraft is being initiated with nose-up attitude'.
  • Engine RPM tuneup for ground idle.
  • New 3-d modeling of the Revi-16B sight and internal 'projected' mechanism.
  • New 3-d modeling of canopy air-vents.
  • 3-d modeling fixes and improvements, including textures, for throttle quadrant, and cockpit panel.
  • Fix for active gyro sounds in cold and dark, without electrical power.

Notable was that the Skunkcraft's updater was added in November 2022










This aircraft is also available for X-Plane 11 (obviously with out the dynamics and effects of X-Plane 12)


Images are courtesy of vSkyLabs...


The He-162 Project v3.0 by vSkyLabs is now available from the X-Plane.OrgStore



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Yes! - the He-162 v3.0 Project by vSkyLabs is NOW available from the X-Plane.Org Store here :


He-162 Project

Price is US$25.00 (Currently on sale for only US12.50!)



X-Plane 12 or X-Plane 11
Windows, Mac or Linux
4 GB VRAM Minimum - 8 GB+ VRAM Recommended
Current version: 3.0 (February 22nd 2023)



News by Stephen Dutton

24th January 2023

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(Disclaimer. All images and text in this review are the work and property of X-PlaneReviews, no sharing or copy of the content is allowed without consent from the author as per copyright conditions) All Rights Reserved


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