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The Yakovlev Yak-18T (Russian: Яковлев Як-18T) is a four- or five-seat fully aerobatic utility aircraft. Introduced to train Aeroflot pilots, it has gained some popularity as a sportplane both
inside and outside the former USSR. It is powered by a 268-298 kW (360-400 hp) Vedeneyev M14P radial engine, and is designed for stresses of +6.48/-3.24 g.
The 18T was designed in the late 60's, as a civilian aircraft. The aircraft has a nosewheel, is a four- or five-seater, and has a nine-cylinder 360 hp radial. The Yak-18T shares systems with the
Yak-50/52 family. These aircraft all have the 265 kW (355 hp) Vedeneyev M14 nine-cylinder radial engine as well as the same underlying compressed-air system for engine starting, brakes,
undercarriage and flaps. The propeller, avionics and other parts are also shared. The Yak-18T, like all Russian aircraft used for training, is aerobatic.
Compared with other four-seat light aircraft such as the Cessna 172 or the Piper PA-28, the Yak-18T is only a little wider and longer but it is much heavier and is equipped with a considerably
more powerful engine. The Yak-18T is perhaps better compared with the Piper Saratoga which has two extra seats but which has a similar maximum weight, together with a retractable undercarriage and a similarly powerful engine. The Yak-18T is, however, distinguished by its strong construction, aerobatic capability and docile yet responsive handling characteristics.
The Yak-18T prototype had its first flight in mid-1967 and subsequently the type was placed in series production in Smolensk.
The Yak-18T went on to become the standard basic trainer with Aeroflot flight schools, while small numbers also entered service with the Soviet Air Force as liaison and communications aircraft. After approximately 700 were built, many for Aeroflot, production ceased in the late 1980s, to be resumed in 1993. In 2011 it was claimed that the type remained in small-scale production by the Yakolev Design Bureau, although apparently none had been produced in more than a decade.
Technoavia has marketed the SM94, its own development of the Yak-18T, featuring curved windshield, larger fuel tanks and choice of avionics package, but production is dependent on orders being placed.
About X-Plane model:
This is the very first airpcraft model from PWDT for X-Plane 11, highly optimized for best framerates and for easiest usage. Therefore doesn't use any plugin - except librain - for the special
equipments, all systems comes from generic X-Plane datarefs. So some systems not meet with the originals, but hopefully still useable and gives lot of fun for the virtual pilots.
Maybe these deficiencies will be fixed in the upcoming patch.
Repaint kit will be release as a separate file within a few days.
- Highly optimized 3D model
- 4K high detailed PBR textures
- Realistic flight model
- Realistic custom FMOD sounds
- Full 3D virtual cockpit
- Full 3D instruments
- Built-in Librain effect
Special thanks to:
- Mihály Alberti (aka ksgy, author of X-Plane Let L-410)
- Adrián Nagy-Hinst (author of Nhadrian/Carenado C-152)
- Alan Shafto
- Alex Pisarenko
- Gergely Debreceni (author of updated Mins Mi-2 for X-Plane 11)
Thank you guys, this project wouldn't have been released without your kindly help and ideas!
You can buy me a
beer coffee if you will: https://www.paypal.me/tiborkokai
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