The A2A Simulations Cessna 172 is a virtual aircraft for flight simulator. Cessna is a well-known aircraft manufacturer whose Cessna 172 is along with the Cessna 152, deemed to be a very popular training aircraft for pilots.
The beauty of this plane is not only the extraordinary attention to detail for not only it’s physical modeling but its sounds also. This aircraft is designed to act like its real life counterpart by reacting to poor a no maintenance, or poor handling; you can break this plane in a whole host of different ways. You need to take care of it, fly and maintain it properly or there will be consequences!
If you want realism, then this plane is for you
Real World Training
The A2A Simulations Cessna 172 is good enough to assist you with your real world training, I wish it were around when I did my training, I did use a flight sim way back then, but it would have been a default, Cessna. I can tell you if this is something that does not appeal to you, then this is not going to be the plane for you. If you want realism, then it is a no-brainer. This plane will react just like the real aircraft, even when your computer is switched off! It will behave just as it would in the real world, it will even show corrosion and well as wear and tear over time.
By the way, to get the best from this plane, read the manual at least once, if you don’t you will not get the best out of it!
You can do a walk-around check, wiggle the flaps, drain some fuel into a glass beaker and all the other preflight checks one would normally do in preparation for a flight. If the preflight check reveals any problems, take it to the maintenance hangar for servicing, repairs or change the tires for a more suitable type for the conditions you will be flying; I’m not going to list or show all the innovative features of this aircraft, there too many.
The flight dynamics for this plane are very accurate; I take my hat off to A2A Simulations as I feel they have accurately captured the feel of how the real Cessna 172 fly’s, it has all the nuances and traits of the C172. I have flown this plane in real life for my pilot training and made enough short navigation trips in a Cessna 172 to have a reasonable idea of how it feels to fly. The A2A Simulations Cessna 172 impresses me about how well it mimics the real aircraft.
This is also where you can select a different propeller, add or remove wheel pants, and perform all sorts of checks and repairs, both minor and major. Records are kept so that you will have a journal for reference. Wear and tear are the names of the game now, so failures and routine maintenance actions will be an everyday part of your Skyhawk ownership.
As the owner, you will need to take responsibility for your plane. You will need to treat it by the Cessna’s recommendations for both maintenance and flying recommendations. If you do not adhere to the official recommendations, then problems may arise. For example, if you idle the engine to slowly for too long, you may very well foul the spark, plugs, and the engine will misfire. Not a serious problem as the plugs can usually be easily cleaned by following a procedure to clean them.
A more serious issue is not following engine warm-up procedures, it may result in the shortening of engine life or more severe problems. Once in the hangar, the owner has access to various aircraft configuration options. Options include the type of tires, to fly with or without wheel fairings, type of propellor, change the type of spark plugs and more.
If the aircraft is in need of maintenance or repairs, the owner will be notified in the planes condition report. An example is if the flaps are damaged due to being extended outside of recommended limits, it will be noted in the report. Repairs are a simple matter of clicking on the red text where shown, and the problem will be rectified. If it comes to a point where the engine needs to be overhauled, a simple mouse click will get the job done.
When you taxi the plane, you will notice it shakes, rattles and squeaks. All the switches and controls, or anything that can make a sound on the plane, will sound just like the real plane, and that’s because all the sounds were recorded using a real aircraft!
When you leave the plane and come back to it, it will be just as you left it, if you switch the engine off, it will still be off when you back to fly it next time, so will all the controls, switches, lights, etc. Careful with the engine, or you will foul the plugs, and it will run rough, you can clean them up by running the motor up and leaning of the mixture a little.
It’s not a difficult decision deciding if you should obtain this plane. If you are someone who just wants to jump into a plane and go flying, then perhaps a default plane will be all you need. But if you are seeking maximum realism, not only in the way it sounds, looks and flys along with a system that replicates how the plane reacts to both good and bad flying technique and maintenance. The A2A aircraft will tick all the boxes.
Even if the Cessna 172 trainer is not an aircraft for you, be sure to look at the A2A Cessna 182, the A2A Cherokee, or one of the other types of planes in their hanger.
You won’t be disappointed.
A2A Simulations. (n.d.). Retrieved October 11, 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A2A_Simulations
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