• Review: Accu-Sim V35B Beechcraft Bonanza

    Tools And Programs

    Included in this aircraft pack is also two smaller programs which both support this add-on; one is the Bonanza Aircraft Configurator and the other is the Bonanza Input Configurator. Both programs are placed as default on your C-drive and can also be found in your Windows start menu.

    C:\Users\'your specific user'\Documents\Prepar3D v4 Add-Ons\A2A\A2A\Bonanza35\Tools
    

    The Bonanza Aircraft Configurator is a program where you can customize the aircraft within certain specifics and thereby gain more on the visual appearance as well as to add 3rd party GPS systems; this of course will have an impact on your system performance.

    On your starting screen you can select e.g. the entry of the GPS which directs you to the sub page where you are now able to select a default GPS, the Reality XP version or the Flight1 version - the Reality XP and Flight1 GPS systems are not included in this add-on and will have to be purchased separately before being able to add these.

    You can also enter the menu of Dynamic Lights where you select/de-select which lights that should be impacted which is awesome since you now can control the impact on the performance in greater details. The 4K is for use with the 2D panel where you can set the 4K texture scale from 100% - 200% and the Mirrors are the detailed visuals for several options. Here you are also able to select the texture size from 8 - 256 but please do be aware that the more you select and the higher texture size, the more the performance will be impacted - this also on high end systems flying over dense and high quality sceneries. I did my test primarily with the settings of 'Enable Mirror' and 'Show Weather' with a texture size of 32 and this I found to be a nice setting for my system still getting me a smooth and realistic flight experience.

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

    A2A Simulations Accu-Sim V35B Bonanza

    The Bonanza Input Configurator is intended to be a tool for assigning various functions to e.g. a joystick or buttons/toggle switches, etc. This is basically a standard assigning tool with a number of functions found within the add-on and which here easily can be mapped to various buttons on a joystick or similar device. This tool I did not use since I do all my assigning of functions using either the standard P3Dv4 tool or the FSUIPC from Pete Dowson, however the tool seems to be very simple and user friendly with a limited number of functions available.

    Furthermore A2A has included another feature which is the auto-search-and-install-update feature which can be found and triggered also from the Windows Start Menu under 'A'.

    A2A Simulations Accu-Sim V35B Bonanza

    For the serious sim-pilot that enjoys all aspects of flight, A2A has also included an awesome extra set of features using the 'Shift+Number keys' - please do note that these features are only available when the aircraft is loaded and some of the features are only available when the engine is off. E.g. the very popular maintenance hangar which is also found for several other A2A add-ons and also the pre-flight inspection / walk-around to check and verify that the aircraft is fit for flight.

    Here below are the various selectable feature windows where you can find payload and fuel load manager, controls also featuring selectable auto-start, cold & dark start, damage setting, etc. There are also pilot's notes, power settings, quick radios, map and of course the pre-flight inspection and maintenance hangar. All these extra features are very nicely integrated; they are very user friendly and absolutely add greatly to the experience of being a real Bonanza pilot. Visually I personally like the payload and fuel load manager very much together with the pre-flight inspection and the maintenance hangar because A2A has really put a lot of effort into making this as real as possible for all aspects of flight as well as super user friendly.

    A2A Simulations Accu-Sim V35B Bonanza

    The 'Shift+7' keys opens up the maintenance hangar - please do note that the hangar only opens up if the engine is off. In the maintenance hangar you are now able to perform quite detailed maintenance on your aircraft with inspection, repair or even an engine overhaul. You can also select a specific tire type, a specific battery or even if the engine should be the IO520 or IO550.

    You can also add or remove the wingtip tanks and also the curtains inside the cabin - flying the aircraft with curtains adds to the realism and experience of the aircraft but is a pain in my opinion because they take a lot of the view from the pilot seat over the wings.

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    The 'Shift+8' keys open up the window featuring the Pre-Flight Inspection - this feature is absolutely a very awesome extra feature for this add-on which also adds greatly to the realism and experience of being a real pilot. This feature enables you to perform the walk around of the aircraft and do the various inspections. On the feature map of the aircraft there are a bobble for each inspection point and these bobbles are clickable meaning that if you click a bobble you will open up the visual of that specific inspection point - Now that is awesome and certainly a huge plus for the serious simmer. Additionally when you have clicked on an inspection point, you now get the inspection info of what to inspect and also the possibility to actually do an action.

    For example, you can click the inspection point on the tail which now changes the view to the tail section and provides a short description. If you click the first icon in the 'Actions' menu, then this action will tie down the tail. Clicking the second icon will open up the extra detailed window as seen here below, which indicates what to look for and what to inspect. The third icon checks the connectivity of the elevator and the mechanics behind by pressing on the elevators up/down - this is also animated so that when you click this action you will see the elevators move slightly and also hear the movement.

    A2A Simulations Accu-Sim V35B Bonanza

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    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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