Developer AirfoilLabs recently updated their highly popular study level Cessna 172S NG for X-Plane 12, included in the update is a brand new flight model for X-Plane 12, reworked internal 3d model including texturing, X-Plane 12 rain effects and more.

The Cessna 172 is one of the most successful single-engined aircraft in history, with over 44,000 units being produced since its first flight in 1955. Still in production today, the 172 looks very much the same as it did off the production line in the 1950s. The 172 remains predominant in flight training schools around the world, with it being designed to be super easy to fly and to handle those bumpy first-time landings with ease. Owned and loved by private pilots at each corner of the globe, many believe the 172 to be the best aircraft they’ve flown.

You can purchase the AirfoilLabs Cessna 172S NG on the X-Plane Store for $49.95.


New X-Plane 12 Features

​Reworked Internal 3d model and texturesBrand new X-Plane 12 flight modelInternal Camera Enhancements (G-Forces) – Immersive camera effects out of the boxComplex External Camera EnhancementsToe Brakes Smoothing Option for a better experienceFull VR compatibilityNo bezels Garmin Displays commands for cockpit builders (RealSimGear, etc.)XJet now works also on Apple Silicon PCs (Arm)X-Plane 12 Rain Effects

3D Model

​3D Model based on real aircraft and rebuilt from the ground upExquisite PBR TexturingLycoming IO-360-L2A with all engine partsEngine Heater, GPU, Refueling details, Fuel Sampling, Oil ManagementCovers, Chocks, TiedownsInterior with many animations, vibrations, zero-G floating objects, baggage, and moreDamaged Aircraft PartsMany detailed passengers and pilotsRain, Fogging, Icing, Broken WindshieldCustom Particles Effects48 LiveriesCountless additional details, features, and animationHDR Lighting System

​FMOD Sound

More than 320 sounds + detailed, layered engine samples with audible failures simulationMany actual aircraft recording sessionsAll animations, movements, and situations produce soundsWeather effects outside and inside of the aircraft

Flight Model

Based on actual aircraft flight recordingsPerformance tuned and correlated with performance tablesBehaviour details consulted with Pilots and Flight InstructorsAdditional custom behaviour: Stall and Spin, Soft Field Takeoff, Crosswind Ground OperationsLift, Drag, Moment Forces Airfoils Data customized by internal plugin-based tweakerDetailed Damage Simulation as Bending of the wings, Overspeed Flutter, Flaps damage, etc.Wing Tail and Fuselage ground strike simulation.Flight Model is influenced by – Vortex Generators, Flap Gap Seals, Bush Wheels, Fairings, Broken Windshield, etc.

Aircraft Systems

Custom Fuel System Simulation, including fuel flow and individual components logic and failuresLanding Gear plugin-based tuning of forces, including Side Moments, Skidding, and moreDetailed Landing Gear Damage – Bending Struts, Tire Wear, Flat Tire, Brakes, etc.Flight Controls Damage simulation

Electrical System

Plugin Based Custom Electrical System designed according to real C172 Electrical SchemeSimulating All Circuit Breakers, Electrical Components Failures, Short CircuitsCustom Busses, Fuses, Corrected Voltages, Amps, Batteries, behaviours, etc.Electrical Scheme 2D Panel with live states

Engine Logic

Plugin Based Custom Engine Components Simulation and WearPer Cylinder Simulation of Temperatures, Wear and FailuresCustom Oil Temperature, Pressure SimulationCustom Per Cylinder EGT simulation2 Magnetos and 8 Individual Spark Plugs SimulationsSpark Plugs Fouling SimulationAdditional Engine Components Wear and Failure Simulation (Air Intake, Fuel Pump, Exhaust, Fuel/Air Control Unit, Fuel Flow Transducer, Oil Filter, etc.)

​​Failure Management System and Scenarios Saving

Custom Plugin-Based Failure Management System175 Individual Components SimulatedEach Aircraft Component has a Wear property with custom LogicComponents Wear and Failures influence each otherComponents State Saving OptionFailed at Altitude ASL/AGL OptionPossibility to Save Failure Sets as Individual Scenarios with thumbnail and description30 Scenarios Provided

C172 Knowledge Base

All of the 175 failable components are explained in detail in a 2D windowIt provides valuable C172 information about how the aircraft works in real lifeEngine Components are 3D clickable from the outside with Instant Descriptions, Explanations, and Illustrations.

User Interface and 2D Panels

New Gen User Interface with Floating Menu – Ergonomy and Ease of Use in mindInstant Loading of Aircraft States: Cold&Dark, Before Start, Before Taxi, Before TakeoffDetailed 2d panels with detachable windows for second monitorsPFD, MFD, Audio Panel, Switches Panel, Standby Instruments, CBs, Throttle Quadrant, Pedestal, Electrical System, Engine with animations 2D PanelsAircraft Options MenuWeight & Balance Detailed OptionsComplex Failure Management SystemGeneral Settings include aircraft states, components conditions, sounds, intro, etc.Custom Load/Save Situations DialogRemote Control for Airfoillabs Hangar at KAWO airportCamera and Quick View InterfaceAutomated Checklists with Performace Calculators (Takeoff, Landing, Cruise)Stylish Intro AnimationCockpit Builders Optimized

G1000 additional features

Custom Engine Panel with Realistic Lean and System TabsLean Assist LogicReversionary Mode Logic related to custom componentsCustom Alerts, Caution, and Warning SystemSpeed Slip Improvements (Acceleration, V Speeds)Simulating Loading Sequence and Instruments InitialisationsCustom Instruments Failures WarningsG1000 Components Failures simulation

Aircraft Options

Wheel Fairings, Stylish Disc Wheel Covers, Bush wheelsVortex Generators, Flap Gap SealsCockpit AoA Indicator and Tablet with AviTab ImplementationHeadphones Logic and Noise Canceling

Checklist and Performance

Complex Automated Checklist SystemCamera Focus on Instruments OptionChecklist Flow Options: Manual, Semi-Automatic, AutomaticChecklist HintsShort Field Takeoff CalculatorShort Field Landing Calculator

Ground Operations

Manual TowingExterior Manual Check of Flight ControlsCovers, Tiedowns, Chocks ManipulationManual Fuel SamplingManual Refueling and Fuel Quantity CheckManual Oil Refilling and Oil Quantity CheckEngine Heater Operation Logic

​​Walk Feature and QuickLook Camera with Collisions

Walk Feature with Terrain and Aircraft CollisionsWalk, Run, Crouch, and Gravity SimulationClimb on the aircraft to refuel, get in/outCustomizable and Comfortable QuickLook System for Hat Switch Joysticks, compatible with other plugins