• Review: Accu-Sim V35B Beechcraft Bonanza

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    Going into the aircraft was certainly a very good and realistic experience - the cockpit is a beautiful virtual cockpit completely filled with an abundance of details, high quality modeling, 100% working buttons, switches and systems; truly a very authentic rendition of the classic Bonanza cockpit.

    A2A Simulations Accu-Sim V35B Bonanza

    The cockpit in general is very lifelike and the seats with the leather cracks and stitches are just perfect for creating a very authentic atmosphere. I very much enjoy that an old aircraft like this one also shows a certain degree of wear and tear on both the outside but certainly also on the inside and this was exactly what I found. Perfect!

    There is no 2D cockpit included, only the virtual cockpit but this is so well made that I think most simmers would prefer the virtual cockpit anyway. There are so many details included and the modeling of everything is done to perfection - down to even extremely small details and then everything is hereafter covered with high quality, multi-layer, very lifelike textures that just creates the most perfect and authentic atmosphere when sitting in the seat and powering up the engine.

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

    The panel is true to real life images that I found on the internet and I very much like that all around the panel and cockpit there are signs of wear and tear - this give character to the complete experience. The depth performance is awesome and the finish is spot on; this is absolutely a cockpit that has had a lot of focus.

    Inside the cockpit I also found nummerous animations such as the controls (yoke and pedals), various levers, buttons, switches and of course the gauges. All animations are carefully created and feature a very realistic and smooth motion. One thing I did notice about the gauges was that when taxiing over a rough surface like grass or small bumps or similar, I would expect some of the needles in the gauges to be impacted - meaning that I would expect a needle movement behavior as e.g. in the A2A Cherokee. What I found was almost perfect un-impacted needles except for the VSI which was already impacted by the shake from the engine at idle but also the EGT needle showed a tiny impact which just again adds to the experience, the realism and the atmosphere of this aircraft.

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

    There are some various effects included like the light effect which is really superb. You can control the cockpit lights in the overhead where you can switch on/off the white color for both left and right side, but you can also turn on either the red or green light or both, which gives a much more soft light when flying at night than the whte lights. The landing light is very powerful and illuminates the gound perfectly with a bright shine.

    When the engine starts up the cockpit panel shakes heavily and even when the engine is running at idle, the panel still features the shake effect. This shake effect corresponds nicely to the rpms meaning that the higher rpms on the engine the smaller the shake effect becomes - really nice, this also when just having the engine at idle while performing the preps before taxiing, it's just so awesome to sit in an environment that seems so realistic.

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

    Finally there is another really awesome effect that I noticed when flying the aircraft on a rainy day. The rain effect is really good and very realistic - when you get into the aircraft with engine off there is not really anything out of the ordinary, but when you start up the engine you will experience the raindrops shaking on the windshield and suddenly the raindrops will start moving upwards due to the wind provided by the propeller. It does not stop there because when you throttle up and accelerates down the runway, the raindrops movement upwards will also accelerate - really a superb and very realistic detail.

    Sound

    The sounds included in this aircraft are absolutely high quality and authentic sounds - especially the sound of the engine. Externally the sound of the engine is very similar to other GA aircraft available for P3Dv4, however with a superb idle sound for the propeller when standing behind the wings - here you can really hear the propeller blades cutting through the air molecules. The sound of the engine when sitting in the cockpit is much enhanced and is absolutely awesome!

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

    The sound set is very complex and provides the entire parts from engine start, idle, rpms increasing and to engine shut-down. Even just the sound of the engine when running at idle is superb with a very authentic and realistic deep rumble. Increasing the rpms also increases the deep rumble which then pitches up a bit but still keeps the powerful roar that certainly provides the simmer with a sense of great power - I almost got the chills when testing this on my 7.1 surround sound with the subwoofer turned up a bit more than normal...Wow!

    Also included are several other sound sets such as the environmental sounds featuring clicks when clicking buttons or toggle switches or using the flaps. You also have the stall horn which sounds very realistic and when flying you can also hear the wind outside the window - flying faster the wind outside increases in volume but when flying slowly with the engine at idle or with the engine off, the wind is also very noticeable and good quality.

    I tested both the external and internal sounds in both ordinary stereo, 2.1 with front speakers and an active sub and finally also with my 7.1 surround sound setup - all the included sounds are created perfectly and of a great quality and certainly represents this aircraft beautifully with a real and authentic experience. Actually there are also a sound set that covers the pre-flight inspection as well as a sound set for the maintenance hangar - these sound sets are not that complex but provide an extra deep experience of the aircraft.


    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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