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Customizable generic fixed-wing aircraft, including vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft


Custom 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®. This aircraft is designed to be customized with a user-supplied skeletal mesh. Two sample skeletal meshes are provided, one of which is shown in Views.

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, in the Aircraft Parameters tab, set the Type parameter to Custom.

  3. On the Aircraft Parameters tab, set the Path to air transport mesh parameter to either the sample mesh path or to your own air transport skeletal mesh path. The two sample skeletal mesh paths are /MathWorksAerospaceContent/Vehicles/Aircraft/Custom/Mesh/SK_Aircraft.SK_ and /MathWorksAerospaceContent/Vehicles/Aircraft/Custom/Mesh/SK_HL20.SK_HL20.

  4. On the Initial Values tab, set the Initial translation (in meters) and Initial rotation (in radians) parameters to an array size that matches the Custom aircraft, for example, zeros(57,3).


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Top-down view of custom aircraft.

Side view of custom aircraft.

Front view of custom aircraft.

Back view of custom aircraft.

Lights and Skeleton


LightBoneLocation in SK_Aircraft Mesh
Left landingLandingLight_LLeft of nose
Right landingLandingLight_RRight of nose
TaxiNoseGear_LightNose gear strut
Red navigationWing1_RedNavLightLeft wingtip of WING1
Green navigationWing1_GreenNavLightRight wingtip of WING1
Left wingtip strobeWing1_StrobeLight_LLeft wingtip of WING1
Right wingtip strobeWing1_StrobeLight_RRight wingtip of WING1
Tail strobeStrobeLightTop of vertical stabilizer, pointing aft
Position #1PosititionLight1Left wingtip of WING2
Position #2PosititionLight2Right wingtip of WING2
Beacon #1BeaconLight1Top of vertical stabilizer
Beacon #2BeaconLight2Bottom of fuselage


  • FixedWing

    • Engine1

      • Engine1_Prop

    • Engine2

      • Engine2_Prop

    • Engine3

      • Engine3_Prop

    • Engine4

      • Engine4_Prop

    • Engine5

      • Engine5_Prop

    • Engine6

      • Engine6_Prop

    • Engine7

      • Engine7_Prop

    • Engine8

      • Engine8_Prop

    • Engine9

      • Engine9_Prop

    • Engine10

      • Engine10_Prop

    • Engine11

      • Engine11_Prop

    • Engine12

      • Engine12_Prop

    • Engine13

      • Engine13_Prop

    • Engine14

      • Engine14_Prop

    • Engine15

      • Engine15_Prop

    • Engine16

      • Engine16_Prop

    • Wing1

      • Wing1_Aileron_L

      • Wing1_Aileron_R

      • Wing1_Flap_L

      • Wing1_Flap_R

      • Wing1_Spoiler_L

      • Wing1_Spoiler_R

      • Wing1_RedNavLight

      • Wing1_GreenNavLight

      • Wing1_StrobeLight_L

      • Wing1_StrobeLight_R

    • Wing2

      • Wing2_Flap_L

      • Wing2_Flap_R

    • Rudder_L

    • Rudder_R

    • HorizStab

      • HorizStab_Elevator_L

      • HorizStab_Elevator_R

    • NoseGear

      • NoseGear_Wheel

      • NoseGear_Light

    • NoseGear_Door

    • MainGear_L

      • MainGear_L_Wheel

    • MainGear_R

      • MainGear_R_Wheel

    • MainGearDoor_L

    • MainGearDoor_R

    • LandingLight_L

    • LandingLight_R

    • BeaconLight1

    • BeaconLight2

    • StrobeLight

    • PositionLight1

    • PositionLight2