V1.1 - 13/03/2022
- New wheel types added
- Very small tweak to autopilot code to add smoothing
- Added tooltips for yoke, throttle, levers etc
- Fixed bug with flaps handle input
V1.2 - 26/03/2022
- Bug with gauges fixed - thanks to ZharkovAndrey for bringing this to my attention
V1.3 - 12/04/2022
- Small code tweaks to improve performance
V1.4 - 9/08/2022
- Fixed bug where checklist would "forget" the current page it was open to upon placing down
- Added version number on first page of checklist (V1.4 for this version)
V1.4.1 - 9/08/2022
- Nudged the cover page text on the checklist back a bit because the version number moved the text on the label
(Fictional) The SWL-10 is a medium-size 1930s-era four-engine propeller cargo plane.
Interesting fact: despite spending about two months developing this plane, I initially built this plane to serve as a testbed for funky trees and variables testing purposes. It eventually became more than just half a cockpit, so I started adding more and more details and functions and decided I was going to upload it eventually.
It has a fully functional autopilot, a fully functional ILS, and a complicated startup sequence which I created by completely exploiting the variables feature. There are over fifty lines of code in the variable setters alone!
How To Fly
Despite the complicated startup sequence, this plane is actually kind of easy to understand. I will go and say I recommend you study the pictures below before entering VR, if you have that. You could alternatively watch this tutorial video.
You may notice the checklist located on the left side of the captain's chair. This contains information on how to fly the plane. It outlines a typical flight going from Airport A to Airport B. Click on it to move it in front of you (the base is a giant button), and use the buttons to change pages, as outlined in the diagram below.
On the pages, the checklist will state a control (e.g. Battery), and then what to do with that, (e.g. Check ON). That command means to check the battery switch, and then if it is off, turn it on. The same concept applies to instructions like Check UP (for landing gear), and similar things.
There are many of them. Use the checklist described above, and refer to the labelled images of all the controls below. Any controls or switches not labelled have an in-game label, like the battery switch, or any of the lights. It is recommend to familiarize yourself with these controls before flying.
Note only one of the com/nav modules is labelled. All eight (four per side) have the same four buttons.
This aircraft has two complex systems onboard, the autopilot and the ILS system. The autopilot is pretty simple, use the three switches on the "AP Main" module, on the upper line on the front panel. Use the heading, altitude, and V Speed modules to set your parameters. The ILS is a little more complicated. Use the ILS frequency table included at the end of the checklist (click next page until you see it), and tune the frequency of the desired runway into Nav 1 or Nav 2 (on the center panel).
Other controls not used in normal flight are the Ram Air Turbine (RAT), and the engine fire controls. The RAT is an alternative electrical and hydraulics generator. Press the safety cover and then click the switch to deploy it. Then click the "RAT" switch next to the battery and ground power in the electrics input section.
You may also notice the group of four throttles on the right. These are actually mixture controls, and since SimplePlanes has no mixture input, I wrote some custom code to get them to move based on altitude. The actual throttles are to the left.
SWL-10 "Easy Mode"
A few people were requesting a big on/off switch to turn it all on and off, which makes sense. Not everyone wants a detailed startup sequence. I have done this while keeping the startup functionality, so the buttons effectively flick all the switches, but you can still use the realistic sequence if you want. The ILS and autopilot systems are also still fully functional.
- Teasers (Newest to Oldest)
SWL-10 "Easy Mode"
SWL-10 Upload Date and Time
SWL-10 Final Teaser + Upload Date
Lots and Lots of Details
ILS Landing at Wright Runway 18
I like variables
Time For a Remake
- My YouTube SimplePlanes Let's Plays, which all relate to this plane.
As you may know, the SWL-10 is actually a testbed for ideas. My upcoming SWL-120 will be just like a real flight simulator, with every single button having a function.
- Successors 6 airplane(s)
- Created On Windows
- Wingspan 108.8ft (33.1m)
- Length 105.6ft (32.2m)
- Height 30.7ft (9.4m)
- Empty Weight 3,774lbs (1,712kg)
- Loaded Weight 37,384lbs (16,957kg)
- Horse Power/Weight Ratio 0.161
- Wing Loading 30.2lbs/ft2 (147.3kg/m2)
- Wing Area 1,239.5ft2 (115.2m2)
- Drag Points 7950
- Number of Parts 1041
- Control Surfaces 7
- Performance Cost 4,760