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Generic airliner

Since R2021b


Front view of airliner aircraft.

Airliner is one of the aircraft that you can use within the 3D simulation environment. This environment is rendered using the Unreal Engine® from Epic Games®. For detailed views of the Airliner, see Views.

Simulating models in the 3D visualization environment requires Simulink® 3D Animation™.

To add this type of vehicle to the 3D simulation environment:

  1. Add a Simulation 3D Aircraft block to your Simulink model.

  2. In the Block Parameters dialog box, on the Aircraft Parameters tab, set the Type parameter to Airliner.

  3. Set the Initial translation (in meters) and Initial rotation (in radians) parameters to an array size that matches the Airliner aircraft, for example, zeros(12,3).

Landing Gear

The airliner landing gear is retractable. It retracts and extends automatically at a preset height of 100 feet above the terrain. You can change this height in the animation blueprint, located at MathWorksAerospaceContent Content > Vehicles > Aircraft > MWAirliner > Animation > MWAirlinerAnimBP.

Data for Aircraft Placement

The Airliner sample mesh origin is near its center of mass, 3.030 meters above the bottoms of the tires. To correctly place the aircraft, consider using these values.

Airport Scene Placement

To place the Airliner mesh in the Airport scene resting on the pavement or other hard surface, which is at a Z of 1 centimeter, use the following body translation and rotation values.

Body Motion Ports and ParametersValue
Translation port and Initial translation parameter[0, 0, -3.030] + [0, 0, -0.01]
Rotation port and Initial rotation parameter[0, -0.00021, 0]

Altitude Sensor

For the altitude sensor in the Simulation 3D Aircraft block, use these values.

Body Z offset (m)3.0299
Front tire radius (m)0.345
Left tire radius (m)0.562
Right tire radius (m)0.562


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Top-down view of airliner aircraft.

Side view of airliner aircraft.

Front view of airliner aircraft.

Back view of airliner aircraft.

Lights and Skeleton


LightBoneLocation in SK_MWAirliner Mesh
Left landingMWAirliner_Aircraft_Landing_Lights_Wing_LLeft wing root
Right landingMWAirliner_Aircraft_Landing_Lights_Wing_RRight wing root
TaxiMWAirliner_Aircraft_Landing_Lights_FNose gear strut
Red navigationMWAirliner_Aircraft_RedNavigationLightLeft wingtip
Green navigationMWAirliner_Aircraft_GreenNavigationLightRight wingtip
Left wingtip strobeMWAirliner_Aircraft_NavigationLight_LLeft wingtip
Right wingtip strobeMWAirliner_Aircraft_NavigationLight_RRight wingtip
Tail strobeMWAirliner_Aircraft_NavigationLightFinTop of vertical stabilizer, pointing aft
Beacon #1MWAirliner_Aircraft_RedAntiCollisionLight1Top of fuselage
Beacon #2MWAirliner_Aircraft_RedAntiCollisionLight2Bottom of fuselage


  • MWAirliner

    • MWAirliner_Aircraft_Body_Cap_Left

      • MWAirliner_Aircraft_Body_Cap_Element_L

    • MWAirliner_Aircraft_Body_Cap_Right

      • MWAirliner_Aircraft_Body_Cap_Element_R

    • MWAirliner_Aircraft_RedAntiCollisionLight1

    • MWAirliner_Aircraft_NavigationLightFin

    • MWAirliner_Aircraft_NavigationLight_R

    • MWAirliner_Aircraft_GreenNavigationLight

    • MWAirliner_Aircraft_NoseWheelStrut_Front

      • MWAirliner_Aircraft_Tire_F

        • MWAirliner_Aircraft_Wheels_F

    • MWAirliner_Aircraft_Body_Elements02

    • MWAirliner_Aircraft_NoseWheelStruct_Left

      • MWAirliner_Aircraft_Tires_L

        • MWAirliner_Aircraft_Wheels_L

      • MWAirliner_Aircraft_NoseWheelStrut_Element_L

    • MWAirliner_Aircraft_Elevator_R

    • MWAirliner_Aircraft_Body_Fin

    • MWAirliner_Aircraft_NoseWheelStrut_Right

      • MWAirliner_Aircraft_NoseWheelStrut_Element_R

      • MWAirliner_Aircraft_Tires_R

        • MWAirliner_Aircraft_Wheels_R

    • MWAirliner_Aircraft_RedAntiCollisionLight2

    • MWAirliner_Aircraft_JetEngineFan_L

    • MWAirliner_Aircraft_JetEngineFan_R

    • MWAirliner_Aircraft_Landing_Lights_Wing_L

    • MWAirliner_Aircraft_NavigationLight_L

    • MWAirliner_Aircraft_Aircraft_Cap_L

    • MWAirliner_Aircraft_Aircraft_Cap_R

    • MWAirliner_Aircraft_RedNavigationLight

    • MWAirliner_Aircraft_Flaps_1_R

    • MWAirliner_Aircraft_Ailerons_R

    • MWAirliner_Aircraft_JetEngine_R

    • MWAirliner_Aircraft_Flaps_2_R

    • MWAirliner_Aircraft_Rudder

    • MWAirliner_Aircraft_Ailerons_L

    • MWAirliner_Aircraft_Flaps_1_L

    • MWAirliner_Aircraft_Flaps_2_L

    • MWAirliner_Aircraft_Body_Elements01

    • MWAirliner_Aircraft_Vertical_Element

    • MWAirliner_Aircraft_JetEngine_L

    • MWAirliner_Aircraft_Wing_R

    • MWAirliner_Aircraft_Landing_Lights_F

    • MWAirliner_Aircraft_Body

    • MWAirliner_Aircraft_Elevator_L

    • MWAirliner_Aircraft_Landing_Lights_Wing_R

    • MWAirliner_Aircraft_Glass

Version History

Introduced in R2021b