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Light Helicopter

Generic light helicopter

Since R2023a


Front view of light helicopter.

Light Helicopter is one of the rotorcraft 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 Light Helicopter, see Views.

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

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

  2. In the Block Parameters dialog box, on the Parameters tab, set the Type parameter to Light Helicopter.

  3. Set the Initial translation (m) and Initial rotation (rad) parameters to an array size that matches the Light Helicopter rotorcraft, for example, zeros(6, 3).

Data for Light Helicopter Placement

The Light Helicopter sample mesh origin is at ground level. To place the rotorcraft, consider using these values.

Airport Scene Placement

To place the Light Helicopter 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, 0] + [0, 0, -0.01]
Rotation port and Initial rotation parameter[0, 0, 0]

Altitude Sensor

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

Body Z offset (m)1.1687
Ground contact location 1 (m)[1.47, 1.04, 1.1687]
Ground contact location 2 (m)[-1.47, 1.04, 1.1687]
Ground contact location 3 (m)[-1.47, -1.04, 1.1687]
Ground contact location 4 (m)[1.47, -1.04, 1.1687]


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Top-down view of light helicopter.

Side view of light helicopter.

Front view of light helicopter.

Back view of light helicopter.

Lights and Skeleton


Landing lightLandingLight
Nose lightNoseLight
Red navigation lightRedNavLight
Green navigation lightGreenNavLight
White navigation lightPositionLight
Strobe light StrobeLight
Beacon lightBeaconLight


  • LightHelicopter

    • Engine

    • Rotor1

    • Rotor2

    • Sensor1

    • Sensor2

    • NoseLight

    • LandingLight

    • RedNavLight

    • GreenNavLight

    • BeaconLight

    • StrobeLight

    • PositionLight

Version History

Introduced in R2023a