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NEWS! - AOA updates Van's RV-8 /8A Duo to X-Plane 12

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NEWS! - AOA updates Van's RV-8 /8A Duo to X-Plane 12


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The RV-8 is a tandem two-seat, single-engine, low-wing homebuilt aircraft sold in kit form by Van's Aircraft. It has a baggage compartment in the nose, between the cockpit and the engine firewall and room behind the back seat for additional baggage. These features, 174 knot (200 mph) cruise speed and stable handling make it a nice cross country traveling machine as well.


The plane is powered by a 200 hp Lycoming gas powered piston engine and has a two blade constant speed propeller. Throttle, prop and mixture controls fall easily under your left hand while your right handle holds a center control stick. So the RV-8 feels like a WWII fighter as you sit under a clear Plexiglas sliding bubble canopy and you fly it the same way.


First released May 5th 2019 for X-Plane 11 by Angle of Attack (AOA). The Van's Series has had five updates (X-Plane 11), this sixth update is the conversion of the RV-8/8A to X-Plane 12. Notable also is the native Apple M2 silicon support now that SASL have updated the host plugin to v3.16.1. X-Plane 12 effects are of course also now available.


Notable is that you can purchase the Van-8/8A either separately as either the "Tail-Gear" or "Tri-Cycle" variants, or both together as a "Duo" package.


Version XP12 1.0  (May 20th 2023)
  • SASL (free) version 3.16.1 with native Apple M2 silicon support
  • Completely re-engineered light aircraft dynamic flight model to keep up with X-Plane  aerodynamic model, X-Plane 12 edition
  • New canopy rain effects
  • Object lighting and normal maps tailored to X-Plane 12s new environment lighting
  • New optional 'AOAs Extras'; enhanced G1000 PFD and MFD displays
  • Brake With Stick option can be selected separately from other extra features
  • Optional memory function to save aircraft configuration and fuel load between flights
  • Removed GFC 500 autopilot control panel. Autopilot control now uses default G1000
  • PFD (left side)/ MFD (right side) autopilot mode buttons and select knobs.
Tail-Gear version
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Tri-Cycle Version
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Now fully compatible with X-Plane 12
  •     Accurate flight model
  •     Detailed cockpit and exterior with animations, manipulators and PBR textures
  •     VR-Ready
  •     Custom particles emitters
  •     Customized Garmin G1000 PFD and MFD
  •     FMOD Sounds
  •     Ground equipment
  •     Animated pilot
  •     Dynamic pilot POV camera options (non VR mode)
  •     Automatic AI plane tracking pilot POV camera capability (non VR mode)
  •     Garmin GFC 500
Included in the package
  •     5 HD liveries + more than 30 liveries available at www.x-plane.org
  •     Comprehensive User Guide
  •     Photoshop Paintkit 
The Van's RV-8/8A was reviewed by X-Plane Reviews by Peter Allnut (X-Plane11 version);
Images are courtesy of Angle of Attack



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Yes! the Van's RV-8 /8A Duo by Angle of Attack is available from the X-Plane.Org Store here :


Van's RV-8 /8A Duo (both aircraft)

Price is US$32.00


Van's RV-8 Tail Gear (Single Aircraft)

Price is US$24.00


Van's RV-8A Tri-Gear (Single Aircraft)

Price is US$24.00



X-Plane 12 - X-Plane 11
Windows, Mac or Linux
4 GB VRAM Minimum - 8 GB+ VRAM Recommended
Current version: 12 (May 20th 2023)



News by Stephen Dutton

21st May 2023

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