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SWL-10

32.6k PlaneFlightX  7 months ago

Updates

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

About

(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.

Controls

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.

Get it here

Links

  • Teasers (Newest to Oldest)

SWL-10 "Easy Mode"
SWL-10 Upload Date and Time
SWL-10 Flight
SWL-10 Final Teaser + Upload Date
Lots and Lots of Details
ILS Landing at Wright Runway 18
SWL-10 Startup
Details, Details
I like variables
Time For a Remake

  • My YouTube SimplePlanes Let's Plays, which all relate to this plane.

Let's Play SimplePlanes Ep 1
Let's Play SimplePlanes Ep 2
Let's Play SimplePlanes Ep 3
Let's Play SimplePlanes Ep 4
Let's Play SimplePlanes Ep 5

  • SWL-120

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.

Spotlights

General Characteristics

  • 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)

Performance

  • Horse Power/Weight Ratio 0.161
  • Wing Loading 30.2lbs/ft2 (147.3kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 1,239.5ft2 (115.2m2)
  • Drag Points 7950

Parts

  • Number of Parts 1041
  • Control Surfaces 7
  • Performance Cost 4,760
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    32.6k PlaneFlightX

    @V This again, XML undid it.

    2 days ago
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    1,004 Sense2

    The best VR Plane to fly in your Oculus Quest 2! Realistic startup almost like a flight simulator! Really easy to control, the best autopilot. This plane is the best! 1000/10!

    +2 26 days ago
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    Man woke up and chose to make DCS simulator in a game 💀

    +3 one month ago
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    32.6k PlaneFlightX

    @FISHSOFT Ah, this is not actually an issue. What happens is that message is a noncritical "info" message, informing the pilot the Engine 1 alternator is not functioning. Thanks for letting me know.

    one month ago
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    I found a small problem on your SWL-10 aircraft and wondered if you would like to fix it. When the engine caught fire, I pulled the emergency shutdown handle. The warning message changed from "ENG1-FIRE" to "ENG1-ALT" but then I found out that the emergency shutdown handle could be lowered again and the warning message changed from "ENG1-ALT " to "ENG1-FIRE". Although it does not affect the use of the aircraft, I still hope you can fix it!@PlaneFlightX

    one month ago
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    32.6k PlaneFlightX

    @shipfinder568 You must be doing something wrong. I recommend you either watch the how to fly video (linked in the description), or use the easy mode version (linked in the description).

    one month ago
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    Dang it i cant start up the engine lol

    one month ago
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    歪瑞古德

    one month ago
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    @PlaneFlightX hey I did it man, check out the plane, it's a super simple code. And maybe spotlight or upvote :D

    one month ago
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    32.6k PlaneFlightX

    @ThereIsNoahScape What I'd do is look at the rotators controlling the mixture levers, and steal the code from them. Please give credit if you do this.

    one month ago
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    @PlaneFlightX oh ok. Do you by any chance know HOW to implement mixture?

    one month ago
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    32.6k PlaneFlightX

    @ThereIsNoahScape I didn't put mixture in, they just move based on altitude to pretend there is mixture.

    one month ago
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    Hey @PlaneFlightX how do you put mixture in your aircraft? I need mixture in my plane but idk how

    one month ago
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    1,004 Sense2

    it looks better on the oculus quest 2 vr

    one month ago
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    this reminds me of something...

    2 months ago
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    0 VALVAL

    About to try this on mobile hehe wish me luck boys, all of you are invited to my phone's funeral btw.

    2 months ago
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    180 UserP194

    This is DCS world with plane constructor
    at this point

    +1 3 months ago
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    4,355 LBAereo

    wow! great work ! very realistic, awesome 😊
    - i learn from you to make me own and simple controll system on the my "Cessna Nextlon" - -thnx ! go ahed with youtube sp-explain videos

    +3 4 months ago
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    @PlaneFlightX, thank you very much! Updated all the copies. Love how the updated autopilot works! Can’t wait for SWL-120 and will be glad to test it out as a person, who studies aircraft design:)

    +3 4 months ago
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    32.6k PlaneFlightX

    @ZharkovAndrey Issue has been fixed. You will need to update your copies.

    4 months ago
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    32.6k PlaneFlightX

    @ZharkovAndrey I wasn't aware of this issue. I will have a look now. Thank you for the feedback, and for letting me know.

    Edit: The update appears to have broken ALL of the gauges. This means my other planes are affected as well.

    Edit 2: I had a unaffected archival copy and used the codes off that. There are many codes which were affected, I am making an XML update soon. About your copies, there is no other option but to use the new version once that is out.

    4 months ago
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    Hi! I really enjoy flying your aircraft and I really like it! Well done!
    After recent update with gauges I have lost the functionality of hydraulic pressure indicators, which are now showing default fuel quantity. The code for them was erased, on all versions – my modified versions, your old and new versions. I think this issue may touch more gauges in the cockpit. Could you please share the code for now missing gauges or suggest, what to do?
    I’ve built the aerial refueling aircraft based on SWL-10 and I don’t want to loose it😅
    Thank you in advance!

    +2 4 months ago
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    14.8k Thorne

    That’s crazy @PlaneFlightX

    +1 4 months ago
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    32.6k PlaneFlightX

    @Thorne It took around three months.

    +2 4 months ago
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    14.8k Thorne

    That cockpit is incredible, it feels like a spaceship with all those instruments, how long did it take to make?

    +2 4 months ago
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