Custom Designs: Your Aircraft
Do you have an aircraft you want to see accurately represented in X-plane?
Is there a design of your own you would like to see simulated?

X-Aerodynamics can create a highly accurate, realistic flight model of the design of your choosing. We can also assist in the design & development of an X-plane concept of your unique ideas.

What you can expect:
  • Accurate flying surfaces (wings, tail, etc.), including planform, airfoils (custom generated as needed), and twist.
  • Fuselage / nacelles / bodies modeled precisely, with tuned drag coefficients.
  • Accurate engine modeling, including fuel consumption, critical altitudes, and speeds, etc. to the extent that X-plane is capable. Props tuned to provide accurate thrust across the flight envelope (difficult, but critical for accurate propeller driven aircraft).
  • Landing gear: positioning, retraction, braking, steering, shock absorption.
  • Controls: Accurate position, area, and type. Deflections to real-world values where published. Otherwise, tuned to be suitable to the type, or to obtain published roll/pitch/yaw rates.
  • Performance fine tuning: Accurate performance, using best available numbers, performance graphs, and test-pilot reports, wherever available (target <3% deviation, less is typical).

  • 2D panel with no customized graphics
  • 2D panel with customized panel background.
  • Basic textures on Planemaker model
  • Full textures with livery / scheme of your choice
  • For custom designs, tested V-speeds, etc in printable file

  • Concept design assistance & development
  • General arrangement (3-view) drawings

Not available at this time:
  • 3D objects (except as generated in Planemaker)
  • 3D cockpit
  • Plug-ins that extend or modify X-plane functionality
  • Custom sounds

Source information:
The accuracy of the flight model is of course dependent on accurate data to work from. I will endeavour to source the best data I can find, however any data you can provide will help produce the best possible result. The following are particularly helpful, if they can be provided:

  • Pilot’s operating handbook (POH) / Flight Manual
  • Maintenance manual
  • Flight test reports
  • Performance charts / graphs

For your own design, you will need to provide all data and consistent drawings for the model to be built from. We can assist in developing these for new designs if needed.

The resulting product will be a detailed X-plane model that is as close to real as is possible with the current version of X-plane.

The development time for an aircraft flight model is dependent on your requirements and chosen options, such as textures, panel, etc.
We can discuss your timeline and work to your requirements. Typically, a basic model can be delivered in under 30 days.

Determined on a per-project basis, as no two projects are exactly the same. Some considerations are:

  • Project complexity
  • Options chosen
  • Commercial or non-commercial use

Please contact me to discuss a project and any questions you may have about what X-Aerodynamics can do to create your aircraft.
  1. Custom design, homebuilt
    From an Original Design ©1985 Edwin T. Erst
  2. Custom light twin aircraft
    EA-157 Light Twin concept by X-Aerodynamics