• Review: Accu-Sim V35B Beechcraft Bonanza

    Flight Dynamics And Characteristics

    The flight dynamics was great fun to test and even though I haven't flown this bird in real life, I am quite stunned by the effort put into all aspects of this add-on, and here especially how this aircraft flies and behaves during various settings and weather themes.

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

    The aircraft is very challenging to fly and certainly not easy so I understand why it got its bad nickname for sure. I started out with a taxi which actually is very easy to perform. The engine reacts fairly quickly, the steering is with a quick and firm reaction, the aircraft can turn 180 degrees on a very small radius and to top that, the brakes are very efficient.

    Powering up the engine for takeoff generates quite some torque which of course is controllable but do be very careful when lifting off; now you will be impacted with a heavy torque throwing the nose to the left. If this is true to real life I am uncertain, it is really a heavy torque and I experienced it on all my test flights - maybe it has something to do with the V-tail not being as efficient as a straight upward tail? To overcome this I found that when the nose wheel lifted off the runway I applied additional rudder to the right side to compensate for the torque impacted when the main wheels lifted off - this made the takeoff smoother, but wow it did take me quite some time to master since the controls are very sensitive.

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

    Flying the Bonanza was much like flying other smaller GA aircraft but the controls are certainly sensitive and you need to plan every turn and coordinate correctly with all controls, just like in real life. I did a test on the secondary impacts of both the ailerons and the rudder. When just applying the rudder as e.g. the right rudder pushing the nose to the right, the secondary impact will be that the right wing also slowly drops like if you were using the ailerons - this was perfectly simulated into this add-on but when testing the secondary effect on the ailerons the aircraft failed. When using only the ailerons for a left turn (meaning without the use of the rudder), the secondary impact should be that the nose would be pushed to the right (going upwards) thereby creating a very dangerous flying position - what I found was that applying left ailerons also gave me left rudder. I checked the function with the auto-rudder in the P3D menu to see if that was activated and thereby would override the simulation, but no, the auto-rudder was disabled. That was a small minus on the realism.

    Moving on I tested the behavior of the aircraft when stalling it and whether it would or would not enter a realistic spin. My first stall test was straight up 10 degrees, flaps and gear up and throttle at idle - the result was a shake, nose drop and a spin that was entered to the right. I now did the test once again but with the flaps and gear down instead; the result was a shake at a lower IAS which I had also expected, nose drop but no spin entry - the aircraft continued to be controllable however extremely wobbly.

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

    The next stall test was with nose up 10 degrees, 45 degree bank angle, flaps and gear up and throttle at idle. This I did to both the left and the right and the result was a shake, nose drop and full spin entry primarily to the right even when banking to the left. Only a few times I encountered a spin-like state to the left. I am not sure if that is realistic but it could of course have something to do with the torque, however this was all performed with the engine at idle.

    Just to see if the engine speed would impact the stall I did the stalls once again but now with both 50% and 100% rpms - now the result was a full spin to the left instead of the right so my guess is that the aircraft would normally spin to the right but due to the powerful torque, the aircraft is forced into a spin to the left. It was very interesting to see how the aircraft behaved under these conditions and also a very good way to experience and learn how this aircraft flies and where the borders for safe flight are.

    There are not that many chimes included and I only experienced a chime/warning if I had the throttle at idle with flaps and gear up meaning the landing gear warning. I did not hear any overspeed warning or other warnings but that might be very true to real life since this aircraft is just an old GA.

    I also tested the max speed in level flight with no wind and according to the specs I should reach 167 KIAS and what I saw on the needle was 168 KIAS meaning that was like spot-on. Secondary to this test I noticed the wind outside which was low volume flying slow but did increase greatly when flying fast - really nice and realistic detail.

    A couple of other things I also tested were when lowering the flaps I would expect the nose to also lower automatically and vise versa. This was beautifully integrated into the flight dynamics and certainly provided me for a more realistic but also more challenging flight.

    Coming in high for landing on a small strip you have in real life the option of performing a wing-glide/sideslip, but most available add-ons does not have this feature,however the A2A Bonanza does and it is awesome. You are able to drop altitude very fast but it is not easy and you certainly need to be 100% in control all the time because this aircraft is a challenge to fly and performing this action requires even more skills. Luckily I often trained in real life the wing-glide/sideslip as well as stall and spins since I did a lot of aerobatics, so I quickly adapted to the behavior of the Bonanza.

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

    Landing the aircraft with no wind is fairly easy and much like a regular GA but in windy conditions the Bonanza is very much alive and does require 100% focus - the flight dynamics are absolutely one of my favorite things about this aircraft because they are so realistic and authentic and take me back in memory of all the hours I spent flying several years ago.

    Conclusion

    To wrap up my complete experience of this aircraft created by A2A Simulations, then this is really a high quality add-on featuring a superb and authentic rendition of the famous classic V-tailed Bonanza. Not only high quality modeling, but just as much high quality, life-like, multi-layer textures showing tiny details and awesome realistic wear and tear.

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

    You have an authentic virtual cockpit and cabin area with yet again high quality modeling and textures, you have an abundance of unique and specific details and eye candy where ever you look - I see that A2A Simulations has indeed had a great focus on all aspects of this add-on and they have succeeded perfectly. The sound is very realistic and provides the extra touch to the experience of the aircraft.

    If you like flying GA aircraft once in a while or always, then I will certainly recommend this aircraft to you - it has so many great features and provides you with the complete package where you are also able to perform the pre-flight inspection and the maintenance to make sure the aircraft does not run into failures during flight.

    A2A Simulations Accu-Sim V35B Bonanza

    This is one of the best GA aircraft that I have tested ever and I want to thank A2A Simulations for creating this awesome, authentic and realistic classic aircraft for the flight simulation community. You have certainly kept your focus and high level of quality as also seen in your previous releases. Thanks and keep up the excellent work!

    The aircraft scored a beautiful 4.90 out of 5 - it is rarely that I see such a comprehensive and awesome aircraft with such a level of quality.

    Ray Andersen
    Rays Aviation

    Accu-Sim V35B

    The Accu-Sim V35B Bonanza can be purchased five different ways. Please make sure you have the correct version of the Accu-Sim Bonanza to match your simulator(s). It is available for:

    Review Computer Specifications

     

     

    FlightSim.Com Award of Excellence
    Because of our reviewer's outstanding findings, FlightSim.Com gives the A2A Simulations Accu-Sim V35B our Award of Excellence
    • Windows 10 (64-bit)
    • Windows 7 (32-bit) (secondary system)
    • Intel Core™ i7-4790K 4x4.00GHz (Turbo 4x4.40GHz)
    • Asus Maximus VII Ranger (ROG-series)
    • Antec Kuhler H20 650 Water Cooler
    • Kingston HyperX Beast-series 32Gb DDR3-2133 RAM
    • 500Gb Samsung 850 EVO SSD
    • 3Tb Seagate Barracura (7200rpm, 6Gb/s)
    • Asus GeForce GTX 980 Strix OC 4Gb
    • 150/150Mbit Fiber Internet Connection
    • Prepar3D v4+
    • REX SkyForce 3D
    • X-Plane 11
    • FSX + Acceleration Pack
    • REX Overdrive for FSX

    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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