Rolladen-Schneider LS4 Standard Class Glider
With a glide ratio of 40:1, this is a good performance easy-handling glider, suitable for cross-country flights but also intended as an introduction to cross-country soaring before flying the more complex AS33.
Updated to 1.2.3:
* Improved cockpit/instrument textures (credit Sim Soaring Club @Georg)
* Default local time clock added
* External sounds improved
* Nav gauge retains 'completed' message for multiplayer screenshot
Updated to 1.2.2:
* IMPORTANT: includes a bugfix for FPS issue with long grass.
* Add MSFS winch, aerotow in addition to built-in winch launch.
* improved cockpit cameras for up/left/right quickviews
* Elevator Trim AXIS fixing Asobo change in SU5
* change pilot model
* Improve aileron response
* Ballast lever control moved to "TOGGLE WATER BALLAST VALVE" control event
* vario sound improved steps between tones
Updated to 1.1.0:
* Adjustable adverse yaw implemented on radio frequency swap button (see pic)
* Liveries added, visible in multiplayer
* Ballast programming updated, visible in multiplayer
* Sound improvements for spoilers, gear, vario beep range, winch
* Strobe lights added on fin (no switch, default to on, use MSFS key to toggle if needed.)
* Spoilers drag/lift fine-tuned
* Minor bug-fixes
The soaring instrument panel is fully-implemented, with the same capabilities as available in the AS33 but with an intentionally simpler set of instruments. These include TWO variometers providing Total-Energy climb rate, Netto air-mass movement rate, and Speed-to-Fly and a Nav instrument displaying distance, bearing and predicted arrival height to the current selected waypoint (from the MSFS Flight Plan) and also the arrival height at the waypoint after that one. The glider supports water ballast, which the pilot has to 'fill' while on the ground. For this aircraft a default of flying without the ballast is better for early-stage glider pilots so the difference when flying with ballast is more noticeable.
Winch launch: clicking the 'cable release' handle will initiate a winch launch without the requirement for any other add-ons.
Other features: those that have flown the AS33 will know the amount of effort we put into our MSFS gliders, and we are aiming for a similar standard with the LS4. The flight model is fairly accurate and the instruments and interaction with the controls will be familiar to any RL glider pilot.