Savage Carbon - STOL Realism Mod

Current Version 1.2.5 by GotGravel
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Version 1.2.5
Initial Release November 19, 2020
Last Updated March 22, 2021
File Size 307.54 MB
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#Experimental Exclusive Drag and Drop


A more powerful, stronger and meaner Savage Cub, retrofitted to be a true bush machine. 

The Savage Carbon is a custom backcountry aircraft built to be a versatile high performance stick and rudder bush machine. She excels at STOL yet flies with XCubs.

She’s a load of fun. She’s also a fully featured and well-tested study level bush bird.



Making You Smile
Join our ever-growing family of fun-loving aviators (approaching 2000 members):

  • Slow Bush Flights
  • Fast Air Races
  • Hangout and chit-chat
  • Epic Expeditions
  • World Tours



The Full Backcountry Experience

Bush machines are extreme machines, often pushed to the edge of their performance envelopes. Always wanted to fly one? Get the Savage Carbon for the most authentic STOL experience possible...short of flying the real thing. 

The STOL stuff

  • 29" Alaskan Bushwheels.
  • 165HP Edge Performance engine.
  • Water skiing.
  • 82" Whirlwind GA-200L-STOL propeller.
  • Wider wheelbase
  • King Shock absorbers and upgraded suspension.
  • Powerful disc brakes.
  • A 3rd monster flap (60 degrees!) so you can fly slower approaches, with higher sink rates, giving you 15ft landing bragging rights.
  • Flaps move faster so you can pump them for short take offs and retract them at touchdown for maximum braking power.
  • Flaperons...using 20% aileron as flaps
  • Ground handling is what you would expect from a purpose-built backcountry aircraft: Lift your tail, propwash left and right, brake on a dime.
  • Vortex Generators on wing and tail are accurately simulated, delaying stalls and enabling those slow STOL approaches.

Other features (non 

  • 20 Custom Liveries.
  • Flight model parameters like parasite drag, induced drag, flap drag and lift, moment of inertia along all axis, P-factor, propwash, torque, weather vaning, gyroscopic precession and more have been tuned to recreate that unique bush plane thrill.
  • 100% Custom lights with powerful landing light.
  • Enhanced Night VFR lights inside the cockpit.
  • Rearward facing landing light (“Torch” switch) for team leads so others can follow easily.
  • Parking brakes added (previous choke lever).
  • Cabin Heat defrosts windshield.
  • The CG has been completely reworked by correctly positioning all simulated masses in 3D space, resulting in a stable and natural feeling aircraft.

It took well over 200 hours of research and test flights to tune all aspects of the model. Performance is frequently evaluated by 2 seasoned pilots with experience in similar planes.


This Savage Cub to Savage Carbon conversion mod is free and always will be, but if you enjoy it and feel you want to contribute towards this ongoing project it will always be appreciated.



  • First of all make sure the default MSFS Savage Cub is installed, this mod depends on it
  • Delete older versions of the Savage Carbon mod, if any
  • Extract the ZIP file
  • Drag the folder named gotgravel-savage-carbon directly into the Community folder
  • Restart the sim
  • You'll find the Savage Carbon in your hangar all the way to the right near the default MSFS Savage Cub.

If done correctly, your folder structure should look like this:


How to find the Community folder?

  • If you changed the default location of packages, it’s the simplest because you should find a Community sub folder in it.
  • For Steam, it should be located in C:\Users\[Computer Name]\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.FlightDashboard_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalCache\Packages\Community
  • For Windows Store C:\Users\[Computer Name]\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.FlightSimulator_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalCache\Packages\Community



Facing a technical issue? Head over to the Got Gravel Discord Server and check out the support-faq and support-discussion channels: https://discord.gg/4f3j4YgNm4



The “Torch” is a unique rearward facing landing light, similar to what was installed on Draco. When turned on (there is a switch in the cockpit), it will be easy for others to spot you from behind. Great if you are a team lead for a group flight!



Choose your panel! You will find 5 panels to choose from in the swap-your-panel folder.



Choose your ASI face to be white or black! Select them from the swap-your-asi folder.



The Savage has no autopilot installed (you will find none in the cockpit), but for your convenience I did tune and test the configuration for a relaxed experience. However, it is disabled by default.

To enable, follow the simple instructions below. You will also need to setup and use your own keybinds for autopilot on / off state, altitude hold and heading hold if you haven't done so yet.

  • Go to your community folder
  • Go to gotgravel-savage-carbon / SimObjects / Airplanes / Asobo_Savage_Carbon
  • Open the file engines.cfg in a text editor
  • Go to the last line and change the 1 to 0 (DisableAutopilotControls = 0)
  • Restart sim if it was running


Pretty empty over here.

Pretty empty over here.

  • Version 1.2.5 March 22, 2021

    - Improved flight model including further realism refinements as well as adjustments to compensate for recent changes in the overall MSFS flight model interpretation.
    - Easier to fly during take off and less affected by MSFS's insanely amplified weathervaning effect (automatically turning into a crosswind).
    - Slightly less dim radio and transponder.

  • Version 1.2.4 February 23, 2021

    - Choke changed to a parking brake
    - Cabin Heat defrosts windshield
    - Toe brake effectiveness scaled down from 1.5 to 1.4

    - Brighter, wider and further landinglight > SunSpot 36-4313 LED Landing Light 14V / 95W
    - Added the Torch aka "Draco" rearward-facing landing light (previously the inop v12 switch)
    - Added twin forward-facing strobe lights
    - Decreased brightness of the two avionics displays by a factor of 8
    - Master warning light now simply indicates Electrical On
    - Added subtle lens flares
    - Added 2 dim dash spot lights, 2 for the peddles, 1 for the trim wheel and 1 for the right fuel gauge (Enhanced NVFR)
    - Customized all other lighting

    - More effect of controls at lower speeds, adjusted at all speeds for more aerodynamic accuracy
    - Less sensitive elevator trim

  • Version 1.2.3 February 10, 2021

    - Further improved Quickview and VR camera positions placing you a little higher inside the cockpit
    - New livery "White Knight"
    - Improved and more accurate flap performance: a tiny bit less drag, a lot less lift and higher sink rates
    - Swappable ASI; choose between a white or black gauge face (black is default)
    - Swappable panels; choose between 5 striking designs
    - Adjusted the ASI scale from 200 to 160 making it easier to read your speed
    - Adjusted the ASI arcs to reflect a lower and less ridiculous VNE of 133
    - Adjusted the ASI stall speeds (28 landing / 32 clean)
    - High-fidelity wheel, suspension, fuselage and wing textures with a much better visualisation of bare metal components
    - Slightly decreased parasitic drag for a more accurate flight model and glide performance
    - More correct and lower fuel consumption
    - Updated the performance placard with correct V speeds and fuel burn rates
    - Increased the aircraft's empty weight to 715lbs to match real world data
    - Increased roll rate by 10%
    - Redesigned engine power curves and supporting systems including better oil pressure and temperature gauges
    - Torque responds faster to throttle changes
    - Added more tips to the loading screen

  • Version 1.2.1 January 13, 2021


    - Fixed the names in the aircraft selection making it now very clear which is a Savage Carbon and which is a Savage Grravel. Essential now with the new drag & drop community liveries coming in.
    - Languages other than English now have their aircraft manufacturer and model correctly displayed.
    - Language aircraft description for French has been translated.

Pretty empty over here.

  • daveyg
    9 day(s) ago
    For me this has saved MSFS' life. It was scheduled for the back burner but this aircraft makes it work like no other.
  • NichoAir
    10 day(s) ago
    I really enjoy this Aircraft
  • Justice4Tay
    13 day(s) ago
    I only have 10 hours in FS 2020, but I'm already in love with the Savage Cub. This is the best mod I've seen. I'm never going to fly anything else. Thanks!
  • Standspurfahrer
    29 day(s) ago
    Thank you, it's wonderful! 😍
  • ATF300
    1 month(s) ago
    amazing airplane ! thank you for this !
  • Sonosusto
    1 month(s) ago
    Yup. Been using this for a while now. Finally getting around to reviewing it. Its a blast to fly. I love the monster truck version too but this is more realistic to me. Great work!
  • GotGravel
    2 month(s) ago
    If you haven't checked it out yet, hop over to the GOT GRAVEL DISCORD SERVER (1300 members and growing), you'll find a great and friendly bush community here!


    - Hangout and chit-chat
    - Fly Events
    - Partake in Expeditions
    - Join STOL Competitions
    - Find a wingman
    - Technical Support
    - Livery Design
  • Willowfsx
    2 month(s) ago
    Dear Sir,
    thank you very much for this phantastic Airplane. I love it.
    Best wishes from wildwestforest Germany.
  • GotGravel
    2 month(s) ago
    Thanks for all the wonderful comments guys!

    I just updated the aircraft to v1.2.5...go get her 😊
  • WrongwayFeldman
    2 month(s) ago
    Excellent mod! One of my favorite planes to fly. Quick question, is the raining in the cockpit a SDK limitation or have you not figured out how to prevent that?
    • GotGravel
      2 month(s) ago
      Sorry for my overdue reply, missed this one! Rain in the cockpit is an issue with MSFS itself, can't fix that unfortunately.
      Having said that I don't get this myself...maybe it's one of those settings that need to be increased?
    • WrongwayFeldman
      2 month(s) ago
      Nope, that's OK! Asobo has their fair share of issues to fix that's for sure. And thanks again for the work you're doing do this mod!

      It's very cool you have two real world bush pilots helping you out. Asobo definitely needs more actual pilots testing out their flight models across the various aircraft. I know they said a lot of the developers took flight lessons to get a better feel for flight, but pretty much all of them just flew a Cessna and that's how most of the aircraft are treated as 😀
  • telescopebuilder
    2 month(s) ago
    Flap fix included?
  • frkristi
    2 month(s) ago
    Excellent mod. All we need now is something with floats 😊

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