• Review: Accu-Sim V35B Beechcraft Bonanza

    Accu-Sim V35B Bonanza

    Publisher: A2A Simulations

    Review Author:
    Ray Andersen

    Suggested Price:
    $49.99-$99.99

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    Intro

    The Bonanza 35 is a single engine, piston driven, four seat, low wing, civil utility aircraft built by Beechcraft since the late 1940's. The model 35 is part of the famous series of Bonanza aircraft covering also the Model 33 and 36.

    The production of the Model 35 featuring the very distinctive V-tail stopped back in 1982, but still today the Model 36 is on the production line. The Model 33 is basically the Model 35 featuring a conventional tail instead of the V-tail and the Model 36 is a stretched version of the Model 33 adding up to six seats.

    A2A Simulations Accu-Sim V35B Bonanza     A2A Simulations Accu-Sim V35B Bonanza

    Over the years the Bonanza 35 got quite a reputation and people found that to fly the aircraft required a high skill level. There were several accidents as well as fatal accidents and the aircraft became known as the "forked-tail doctor killer".

    The version tested in this review is the V35B as stated in the manual from A2A Simulations, meaning the V-tail version, so I really hope that I have a high enough skill level to meet the requirements for this legendary bird.

    General Information & Aircraft Specs for Bonanza 35

    A2A Simulations Accu-Sim V35B Bonanza
    • Produced by: Beechcraft
    • National Origin: United States
    • First Flight: December 22nd, 1945
    • Introduction: 1947
    • Role: Civil Utility Aircraft
    • Produced: 1947 - 1982 (V-tail)
    • Built: >17,000 (873 V35B)
    • Status: Out of production

     

    • Crew: One
    • Capacity: Four including the pilot
    • Length: 26 ft 5 in
    • Height: 7 ft 7 in
    • Wingspan: 33 ft 6 in
    • Empty Weight: 2,088 lbs
    • Gross Weight: 3,412 lbs
    • Power Plant: Teledyne Continental IO-520-BA/BB 285 hp / IO-550 300 hp
    • Propeller: 3-bladed McCauley constant speed

     

    A2A Simulations Accu-Sim V35B Bonanza
    • Max Cruise VNO/VC: 165 KCAS / 167 KIAS
    • Max VNE: 195 KCAS / 196 KIAS
    • Max Flap VFE: 15° KCAS 152 / KIAS 154
    • Max Flap VFE: 30° KCAS 122 / KIAS 123
    • MTOW: 3,400 lbs
    • Fuel Capacity: 80 gal (usable 74 gal)
    • Range: 800 nm incl. taxi and 45 min. reserve fuel

    Purchase, Download and Installation

    I purchased this aircraft at the new FlightSim.Com Store at Store.FlightSim.Com. This was my first time using this store so first I had to be registered before being able to make the purchase and download of the aircraft. This was super easy and I was up and running on the web site within half a minute or so.

    Making the purchase and thereafter the download of the aircraft was also easy - the store functions are very similar to the shop that I normally use, so I found the user interface to be very familiar and very user friendly.

    The download was completed with about 1.9 MB/sec which is a fair download speed - this meant that the entire download took about 3 minutes since the zip-file for download was of 363 MB. This is actually not that huge a file for such a comprehensive, feature full and detailed aircraft.

    The filename is 'ATS-295-Bonanza_P3Dv4_Professional.zip' and this is the professional version for the Prepar3D v4 platform; the test platform used is the Prepar3D v4.3. The downloaded version was the v18.9.15.1 however, during the installation I got a notice about an update that was ready and if I wanted to download and install that update as well - of course I did; this was just about 25 MB more so that took no time to also download and the aircraft now became the v18.9.29.0 which is the version used for this test and review.

    Before starting the installation process I read the 'Read before Installation' file found next to the installer.exe in the download folder. Basically the file gives you a heads up for what could be a good idea as e.g. it's recommended to not install the aircraft within the default P3Dv4 directory structure as also stated from LM - You can of course select whichever location or folder you wish but by default the path to the installation folder is on your C:\Users etc.

    The installation itself only took about 15-20 seconds and was very easy - the installer was very user friendly and quickly guided me through the very simple process.

    A2A Simulations Accu-Sim V35B Bonanza     A2A Simulations Accu-Sim V35B Bonanza

    This installation also features a huge and very comprehensive aircraft manual created as a 112 pages PDF file and featuring an abundance of specific data, information, procedures, requirements, etc. This manual I would recommend going through or at least skimming the most important parts before taking on the first flight.

    Included in this aircraft add-on is one model with four high quality liveries that are perfectly placed within the virtual hangar and to be found under A2A Simulations.


    12 Comments
    1. scottm's Avatar
      scottm -
      It's pretty awesome.
    1. ianhr's Avatar
      ianhr -
      There is a bungee system in the real aircraft, replicated in this model, that interlinks the ailerons and rudder so that standard aileron-only turns are already coordinated and don't require rudder input to correct for adverse yaw. If you move the rudder on the ground you'll see the ailerons move with it, and vice versa.

      Otherwise, I heartily agree with everything you've said. Amazing plane, worth every penny.
    1. RaysAviation's Avatar
      RaysAviation -
      Quote Originally Posted by ianhr View Post
      There is a bungee system in the real aircraft, replicated in this model, that interlinks the ailerons and rudder so that standard aileron-only turns are already coordinated and don't require rudder input to correct for adverse yaw. If you move the rudder on the ground you'll see the ailerons move with it, and vice versa.

      Otherwise, I heartily agree with everything you've said. Amazing plane, worth every penny.
      Hi,
      Ok that makes sense and do explain the ‘missing’ result of the secondary effect using the ailerons.
      I did not know that - thanks for the input 👍
      /Ray
    1. DominicS's Avatar
      DominicS -
      Great review Ray; really informative, and thanks for taking the time to write this all up.

      Dominic
    1. lear45xr's Avatar
      lear45xr -
      Nope. $50 to $100. Way overpriced. I'm sure it's a great model but these developers are way off if they think this is worth $50 let alone 100 bucks. They just continue to price most people like me out of the market. Where's the value anymore. As I've said before, make it a fair and reasonable price because "price sells".
    1. ianhr's Avatar
      ianhr -
      Quote Originally Posted by lear45xr View Post
      Nope. $50 to $100. Way overpriced. I'm sure it's a great model but these developers are way off if they think this is worth $50 let alone 100 bucks. They just continue to price most people like me out of the market. Where's the value anymore. As I've said before, make it a fair and reasonable price because "price sells".
      Absolutely. And I wish car companies like Aston Martin, Jaguar, Mercedes, BMW, Rolls, Bentley, et al. would get the message too. They'd sell so many more cars.

      Most of my A2A aircraft have well over 200 hours on them, some over 1,000. That's a pretty good hourly rate for an experience that's darned near as immersive as the real thing. You get what you pay for.
    1. DominicS's Avatar
      DominicS -
      At the end of the day, nobody is forcing you to buy this aircraft (there are plenty of cheaper alternatives, even freeware), but if you head on over to the A2A forums, you'll find that they are pretty healthy in terms of numbers, so I'm guessing they're doing something right :-)

      The comment above is spot on in my opinion. You get what you pay for, and like him, the majority of my A2A aircraft have hundreds of hours on them.

      Fantastic team which produces incredible aircraft!
    1. fsblibli's Avatar
      fsblibli -
      I wrote a review on it for a German flightsim magazine. Thanks for describing the difficult handling on takeoff. I still wonder if this is realistic because it would have terribliy frightened any pilot. Otherwise a most excellent airplane. Yes, the bungee system is described in the 112 page manual. It's excellent but I only finished it all because I needed a good read on a holiday.
    1. smokin's Avatar
      smokin -
      First, thanks to Ray Andersen for the review.

      I doubt that a retired man like me will make a dent, however I've definitely made my mind up. Because of the amount of junk-ware residing on my computer, no longer will I support FSX/P3D developers, and these prices, without consumer protection in place.

      Consumer refund protection.

      Endit
    1. lear45xr's Avatar
      lear45xr -
      Quote Originally Posted by smokin View Post
      First, thanks to Ray Andersen for the review.

      I doubt that a retired man like me will make a dent, however I've definitely made my mind up. Because of the amount of junk-ware residing on my computer, no longer will I support FSX/P3D developers, and these prices, without consumer protection in place.

      Consumer refund protection.

      Endit
      That's another great option, offer a refund if you feel you didn't get value for your hard earned purchase price. If these developers are so sure their software is worth these inflated prices it shouldn't be a problem.
    1. axehead91's Avatar
      axehead91 -
      Don't you guys think it's funny that as accurate as a2a is that they can't see the main gear tires? Are they blind, not the first time I have seen this. Carenado A36 did a wonderful job of modeling the tires width and overall fatness. What a joke anyone can google it. First flight was in a v35 about 20 years ago.
    1. ianhr's Avatar
      ianhr -
      Quote Originally Posted by axehead91 View Post
      Don't you guys think it's funny that as accurate as a2a is that they can't see the main gear tires? Are they blind, not the first time I have seen this. Carenado A36 did a wonderful job of modeling the tires width and overall fatness. What a joke anyone can google it. First flight was in a v35 about 20 years ago.
      Oh dear, you're serious. I've found 11 different 7.00-6 tires on the Aircraft Spruce site, so perhaps there are differences there. I must admit, though, that apart from checking the tires' condition in the walk-round I've never paid much attention to them.
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