Rara-Avis Sims releases the Zippy Sport, a light single-engine airplane for MSFS

Looking for a new small airplane to check out some scenery in MSFS? If you’re tired of the current selection of single-engined GA airplanes, there’s a new one to try out. The Zippy Sport, a creation of Rara-Avis Sims, is now available for Microsoft Flight Simulator, and it may be unique enough to be worthy of your attention.

At first glance, the Zippy Sport doesn’t impress with its looks. Let’s be honest, it’s a bit of an ugly little bird. But in this re-creation from Rara-Avis Sims, it turns out to be a surprising ugly duckling that has a place in the small monoplane category, especially if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary.

The Zippy Sport is an original creation of Raceair Designs, planned to be home built by adventurous amateurs. It was coupled with a variety of different engines over the years, the most interesting ones being from VW, which is the particular variant modeled by Rara-Avis Sims for MSFS.

This curious little airplane features a high wing design, which provides clear visibility to the sides of the airplane. A great sightseeing airplane, helped by a clear and airy cockpit.

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Rara-Avis Sims has recreated the Zippy Sport for MSFS with appreciable attention to detail. The model looks quite good and realistic (though it could use better external texturing), and the cockpit is a nice place to be. It’s a simple aircraft, but it sports detailed 3D instrument panel, windscreen icing and rain effects, custom animations, and more. Sounds come from the default Savage Cub, which are great for the most part… but it would definitely be cool to have the sound of a proper 1200 VW engine.

With the regular MSFS World Updates providing plenty of sightseeing opportunities for some low and slow flights, the Zippy Sport is another interesting choice to consider for such recreational activities and a nice departure from the default MSFS airplanes.

The Zippy Sport is now available for Microsoft Flight Simulator, priced at just $9.99.


  • For Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 only
  • Custom PBR textures
  • 3D propeller blur
  • Detailed 3D model
  • Uses MSFS pilots
  • 3D gauges
  • 3D wing ribs
  • Custom camera positions
  • Paint kit (TIF format with layers)
  • Windscreen icing effect
  • Custom animations
  • Six different liveries (four are fictional)*
  • Custom plexiglass texture
  • Custom decals
  • Tyre smoke and dust FX
  • Custom door animation
  • Animated landing gear suspension
  • Uses default MSFS 2020 glass gauges
  • Custom checklist
  • Windscreen rain FX