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NEWS! - Aircraft Updated : Robinson R66 Turbine X-Plane 12 v3.0 by vSkyLabs


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In 2018, BC Helicopters team (Mischa Gelb, Ruben Dias and Diogo Dias), flew around the world in the R66 helicopter, it was an effort called 'EPIC Global Heli World Tour'. The mission lasted 97 days, in which the team covered 30,000 miles, stopping in 45 countries and flying over 5 continents. Im the process it established 2 new world records (fastest Antipode RTW on a helicopter, and longest RTW on a helicopter). That amazing feat is the basis of this vSkyLabs X-Plane 12 Simulation.


The Robinson R66 Turbine is a five-seat helicopter designed and built by Robinson Helicopter Company. It features a two-bladed main rotor, a two-bladed tail rotor, and is powered by a Rolls-Royce RR300 turboshaft engine. The R66 Turbine is popular for various uses, including private transportation, law enforcement, flight training, and light utility roles. It offers a balance of performance, comfort, and cost-effectiveness, making it a versatile choice in the light helicopter market.


This new v3.0 version is focused on a few areas; a new Flight Model (XP12), Graphics, Systems and a completely new sound system (FMOD 2) with an updated PaintKit....


Version 3.0 (June 29th 2024)
Flight model:
  • Deep tuning of engine power gradients, torque, throttle governor, handling characteristics in hover.
  • Updated airfoils.
  • Remodeled front panel plate with high resolution instrument holes.
  • enhanced 3-d modeling of RPM, Engine Torque, MGT and N1 gauges.
  • Re-modeled GNS530 element with higher accuracy/resolution.
  • Re-modeled G1000 element with higher accuracy/resolution.
  • Added scratched windshield.
  • Cockpit panel PBR tune-up for the latest X-Plane 12.1.0 rendering standards.
  • Cyclic stick is now extended by default (can be shortened with the use of hide-yoke feature as before).
  • Removed the avionics extension screen from the front/RH side of the cockpit.
  • External liveries PBR tuneups.
  • Integrated G1000 PFD/MFD into a single screen. Both PFD and MFD are separate pop-out windows, and it can be toggled easily using on-screen/VR interaction, or key/button assignment.
  • New dual-system altimeter.
  • Sound package is now of the latest FMOD 2.02.22.
  • Added physical/aerodynamic based blade-slap effect.
Minor changes to paint-kit to comply with the latest X-Plane 12.1.0 rendering engine.








Project Main Features:
  • VSKYLABS 'Test-Pilot' Project.
  • Highly defined flight dynamics model of the Robinson R66 Turbine helicopter
  • Highly detailed model of the Robinson R66 helicopter.
  • Robust simulation of the R66 drive train and RR300 Turbo-shaft engine: Utilizes X-Plane's new and advanced free turbine simulation. 
  • Autorotation capable.
  • Comprehensive systems: Drive system, Hydraulics flight controls, Engine Anti-ice, Starter-generator and ignition system, Fuel system, Auxiliary fuel system, Electrical system with functional CB panel, Lighting, Annunciator panel, Cabin heater, Rotor brake and more.
  • Fully functional VR (Virtual Reality) Ready: highly interactive cockpit environment including levers, switches, fuel cut-off / shut-off guards, 3D checklist viewer, modular cyclic and more.
  • Equipped with Robinson's 'later' advanced panel: a perfect mix of the traditional analog gauges and glass cockpit display.
  • R66 Auxiliary fuel system.
  • Fully featured G1000 (modified).
  • Autopilot
  • Built-in Avitab Compatibility (Avitab plugin not included).
  • Multi-Layer FMOD sound pack.
  • The project is under constant development: development road-map is including flight model refinements, enhanced systems depth, additional liveries and other improvements.
  • Skunkcraft Autoupdater is included: project updates are fast and efficient!

This project is part of the VSKYLABS 'Test-Pilot' series, designed specifically for use with X-Plane cutting edge Experimental Flight Model.


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 Robinson R66 Turbine v3.0 by vSkyLabs is now available from the X-Plane.OrgStore



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Yes! - the Robinson R66 Turbine v3.0 by vSkyLabs is NOW available from the X-Plane.Org Store here :

Robinson R66 Turbine

Price is US$34.95 (Currently on sale for only US26.36!)

You Save:$8.59(25%)



X-Plane 12 or X-Plane 11
Fully Optimized for XP12
Windows, Mac or Linux
8 GB+ VRAM Recommended
Current version: 3.0 (June 29th 2024)



News by Stephen Dutton

30th June 2024

Copyright©2024: X-Plane Reviews


(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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