FS 2020 sailplanes, glider, aerobatics airplanes

@date 2020-11-26

Microsoft Flight Simulator or MSFS 2020 or FS 2020 is the name of the new flight simulator. This sim has stunning graphics. But - at least at the time of writing this article - it is lacking features. The FS 2020 version has

At the moment you can convert a FSX airplane model to FS 2020. You can start this sailplane or glider "in the air". You can use ridge lift for soaring and you can land the sailplane.
In the "November 12th, 2020 Development Update" Asobo/Microsoft put the MSFS forum topic "Glider, Sailplane, Soaring Please" on top wishes position 13. We are up from #18 in October 8th, 2020. The sailplane topic is on the MSFS backlog. But I think we have to wait until 3Q21 or 4Q21 before the sailplane topic goes into the Asobo pipeline. And maybe it stays in the pipeline for 6 months. There are still "crash to desktop (CTD)" and other bugs and demands from more import "steak holders" then us.
Please UPVOTE the Glider, Sailplanes, Soaring Please topic in the wishlist!

I have a Youtube channel about flying sailplanes, motorglider, ultralights, glider and aerobatics airplanes in MSFS 2020 and FSX.

Winch start good news

Keith Bedford (SleetingPipes) wrote in the Forum: "And Peter Luerkin’s WinchX! works for MSFS!". I asked him what is necessary and his answer was: "I had already installed it for FSX and literally just run the EXE from the FSX modules folder, nothing installed in MSFS."
See his winch start Youtube video. I have to test it myself - at the moment I work at the flight model of the stock aerobatics airplanes. Here is the link to Peter Lürkens WinchX!.

Big Thanks

First of all big thanks to Wolfgang Piper and Alex Marko. Wolfgang Piper has a web site with a lot of FSX sailplane models. See
Wolfgang Piper Soaring in Flight Simulator
Alex Marko wrote the msfsLegacyImporter program that converts FSX airplane models to FS 2020. See
Alex Marko MSFS Legacy Importer
Peter Lürkens wrote thermals simulation CumulusX! and winch start WinchX! for FSX. Both extensions have a demo version - you can test the extensions before you buy. Both are worth the money on FSX, I can tell!
Peter Lürkens WinchX!
AmbitiousPilots wrote FSJumpStarter2020. This FS2020 starter program did away with the "Press any key" nonsense in FS2020 version and before. I use it with FS2020 version, too. After program start it gives immediate visual feedback. I like that.
AmbitiousPilots FSJumpStarter2020

Install an airplane model

I converted the Ka 6 E and other models from FSX to FS 2020 and tuned them to FS2020 modern flight model. The aerobatics and turboprop downloads are flight model modifications of FS2020 stock airplanes. Please download one or more of these files:

Download FS2020 Schleicher Ka 6 E sailplane v1.3
Download FS2020 Schleicher ASK 23 sailplane v1.3
Download FS2020 Glaser-Dirks DG-808S sailplane v1.3
Download FS2020 SG-38 glider v1.3
Download FS2020 Aircreation 582SL motorized glider v1.3
Download FS2020 Extra 330LT X aerobatics airplane v1.11.6.0
Download FS2020 Aviat Pitts S-2S X aerobatics airplane v1.3
Download FS2020 Robin Cap10 X aerobatics airplane v1.2
Download FS2020 aircraft-generic-airliner-quadengines hidden airplane
Download FS2020 Beechcraft King Air 350i X turboprop airplane v1.3
Download FS2020 Daher TBM 930 X turboprop airplane v1.3
Download FS2020 Cessna 208 B X (Grand Caravan EX) turboprop airplane v1.3

You have to extract the Zip file and you have to move the folder to the correct location in your computer to make the sailplane model available for FS 2020. Here are the step for step instructions:

  1. After download go to folder Downloads
  2. Double click on the zip-file "ka6e_1.2.zip"

  3. Open a new file explorer window
  4. Enter in the folder entry field the text %appdata% and press return key

  5. Click on the folder names "Microsoft Flight Simulator", "Packages" and "Community"
  6. Move the folder "ka6e" from Download directory to Community directory

  7. Installation is complete. Start FS 2020, select Ka 6 E sailplane modell and start in the air, not at a runway.

Wind setting

Keith Bedford found a way to switch off the noise in wind speed. The "Geschwindigkeit" slider has an entry field next to the slider. Delete the number in the entry field and wind speed noise is zero. The right solution for Asobo would be to allow to set the noise from 0% to 100%.

The models

The first three models can be downloaded for FS2020 from this webpage. The DG-808S, 582SL and ASK21 models are converted to FS2020 and fly nicely. I have asked the rights owner Microsoft and Aerosoft if theywant to distribute the converted FSX models in the FS2020 marketplace or allow freeware distribution  as "work in progress" models. I wait for answers.


After world war 1 Germany was forbidden to have airplanes with engine. Therefore development of airplanes without engine happened in Germany. The wooden "Schulgleiter" SG-38 training glider was a "best of" combination of the works of Edmund Schneider, Ludwig Hofmann and Rehberg. First flight was in 1938. 8750 gliders were build in factory. The empty weight of the SG-38 is around 120 kg. In modern terms it is a 120kg ultralight.

Ka 6 E

The single seat  Ka 6 E was the last and best wooden sailplane produced by Schleicher. First flight was in 1965. The Ka 6 is no training airplane, pilot Heinz Huth became world champion on Ka 6 in 1960 and 1963 in Standard class.

ASK 23

The single seat ASK 23 was designed by Rudolf Kaiser. First flight was in 1983. It uses glass-fibre reinforced plastic and 'honeycomb' as its main construction materials. The never exceed speed (Vne) is 220 km/h. The g limits are +5.3G/-2.65G. This allows simple aerobatics.

DG-808 S

The 18m single seat Glaser-Dirks DG-808 S is the stock sailplane model in FSX. It is a 18m wing span competition sailplane. To keep the very good glide ratio up the whole flight, the DG-808 has "bug wipers" to remove dead bugs from the wings in flight. The g limits are +5.3G/-2.65G. The cockpit altimeter is working a little - thanks to new versions of the msfsLegacyImporter program.

ASW 27 B

High performance 15m single seat sailplane. 237 were build from 1995 to 2009. It has plain flaps, winglets, a retractable landing gear and a water ballast system. This Wolfgang Piper model has working gear, working flaps, cockpit texture, but still no moving gauges. The g limits are +5.3G/-2.65G.

582 SL

The two seats ultralight trike Air Creation 582 SL is the stock motorized glider in FSX. Based on the "Skyhook" design of Barry Palmer and "Mosquito" design of Roland Magallon the 582 SL has a 64 hp Rotax type 582 engine and can carry two humans. Aerobatics is forbidden for this airplane.

ASK 21

The club class two seater Schleicher ASK 21 is available as freeware model from Wolfgang Piper or as payware model from Aerosoft. The Aerosoft ASK 21 FSX model and the Aerosoft Discus X FSX model are - after conversion - the only FS2020 sailplane models with working gauges (instruments). Designer was Rudolf Kaiser, first flight was in 1978. The ASK 21 is a well known training airplane. Because for speeds below 180 km/h the g limits are +6.5G/-4G, the ASK 21 can perform full aerobatics.

Extra 330LT

The Extra is an two seat aerobatics airplane of the ultimate class. The maximum roll rate is 400°/s, maximum load factor is +/-10 G, the engine has 315 hp. I think flying realistic fast precise rolls with the Extra 330LT is beyond the capabilities of FS2020.

Aviat Pitts S-2S

The Extra is a high-tech airplane. It is no insult to call the Pitts a one seat low-tech aerobatics biplane. You could buy the Pitts as a kit and do-it-yourself build an aerobatics airplane. The maximum roll rate is 240°/s, maximum load factor is +6/-3 G, the engine has 260 hp. The Pitts can do spectacular "non standard" aerobatics, some say even better than the Extra. I think the Pitts capabilities are within the FS2020 limitations and give therefore the most realistic feeling of the three aerobatics airplanes.

Robin Cap10

The Mudry CAP 10C  (later CAP Industries, Apex, Dyn'Aero) is a two seat aerobatics trainer. Maximum roll rate is 320°/s, maximum load factors are +6/-4.5 G, the engine has 180 hp. 284 CAP 10B were build since 1968. Upgrade time from CAP 10B to CAP 10C is one day.

Beechcraft King Air 350i

The Beechcraft can transport up to 9 passagers. A general problem with all propeller airplanes in FS2020 is that there is no "propeller drag" or "braking effect of the propeller". Asobo/Microsoft should enhance the FS2020. My workaround is to use lift drag and additional drag with flaps and landing gear. As I use flaps 20°, flaps 40° and landing gear I can fake a realistic landing approach with the Beechcraft King Air 350i. The non-realistic part of my fake is that take-off is best without flaps and landing gear should be retracted soon after lift-off.

Daher TBM 930

The Daher TBM 930 or Socata TBM 930 is the fastest single engine turboprop airplane. The Pilot's Operating Handbook of this airplane is very detailed. In this flight model I use other parameters settings for the no propeller drag workaround. Again, the non-realistic part of my fake is that take-off is best without flaps and landing gear should be retracted soon after lift-off.

Cessna 208 B (Grand Caravan EX)

The Cessna 208 B is the "ugly duckling" among the FGS2020 turboprop airplanes. To compensate this, it has the longest name. It is a workhorse that can carry up to 12 passengers. The landing gear is not retractable, therefore I had only lift/drag modification by flaps to "fake" a realistic final landing flight model.

My FS2020 configuration

The -fastLaunch option disables the program start videos (splashes). I have the Steam version of FS2020 and I have heard that the Microsoft version needs other steps to disable the splashes. In Steam you have to go in the Steam program to the "Microsoft Flight Simulator" program icon and select "Eigenschaften". In the "Allgemein" tab select "Startoptionen festlegen ...". In the "Startoptionen" popup enter "-fastLaunch" and click button "OK".

I use Xbox controller, keyboard and mouse input for FS2020. In FSX I could put sailplane spoiler control on the Xbox controller X button, but not in FS2020. Therefore I put spoiler control on the free keyboard key F9. In FS2020 go to "Optionen", "Steuerung", "Tastatur", "Oberflächen Flugsteuerung" and "Sekundäre Oberflächen Flugsteuerung". To "Störklappen umschalten" assign key "F9".
The "F9" key toggles spoiler between 0% and 100%. Putting spoiler on the throttle would be more realistic.

The 0% Xbox controller joysticks sensitivity settings are fine for me. This is a FS2020 version update.

I prefer the modern flight model over the classic flight model. Go to "Optionen", "Allgemeines", "Flugmodell" and select "Modern". This is a FS2020 version update.

You do not need "developer mode" of FS2020 to use glider and sailplanes because I "tuned" the converted FSX models. Go to "Optionen", "Allgemeines", "Entwickler" and set "Entwicklermodus" to "Ein", if you want.


I wrote a documentation on msfsLegacyImporter, another on FS2020 flight model.

Download MSFS Legacy Importer How-to
Download FS2020 flight model


v1.0 based on classic flight model (AIRPLANE_GEOMETRY, REFERENCE SPEEDS)
v1.1 based on modern flight model, tuned for spin (*_stability, *_effectiveness)
v1.1.1 tuned for realistic stall speed, cruise speed (*_drag_scalar)
v1.2 Description in all languages, tested with FS2020 version
v1.3 Tuned for snap roll (empty_weight_roll_MOI, roll_stability, elevator_effectiveness), not compensated audio variometer, convert panels
v1.11.6.0 Tuned for FS2020 version


The FS 2020 models are derived from the FSX models of Wolfgang Piper. Because of this they have the same FREEWARE license. The license is:

These files are FREEWARE, so don't make money with this, please. Copyright © Wolfgang Piper.
No commercial distribution on any sampler CD-ROM or other data carriers without the  written permission of the author. I don't accept any liability for damages or misfunction happens to your system.
Repaints of this model only for personal use, a publication of repaints requires the written  permission of the author.

Diese Files sind FREEWARE, machen Sie bitte kein Geld damit. Copyright © Wolfgang Piper.
Keine kommerzielle Nutzung und Verbreitung, weder auf CD-ROM-Sammlungen  noch sonstwie ohne die ausdrückliche schriftliche Genehmigung des Autors. Eine Haftung für eventuelle Störungen auf dem Nutzer-System wird absolut und rechtlich nicht übernommen.
Repaints von diesem Modell nur für den persönlichen Gebrauch, eine Veröffentlichung von Repaints dieses Modells erfordert die schriftliche Erlaubnis des Autors.

Wolfgang Piper is well known for his high quality sailplanes and gliders models. Please contact Wolfgang and ask him if you can distribute derivative work. I asked by e-mail and got the answer:

Hallo Andre,

du kannst die 3 Modelle ruhig auf deiner Seite belassen und weiter entwickeln.

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