The A2A Simulations Cessna 182 is a great all-around touring aircraft, it’s easy to fly, it’s economical, it can cruise at about 140KTAS at 10,000 feet while its Lycoming 540 engine burns only 12 gallons an hour.
It can carry a reasonable payload including three passengers for that weekend getaway somewhere, something the aircraft of often used for. It has an excellent safety record and is a high winger, so it’s perfect for checking out the scenery on those lovely scenic flights.
[toc]It’s a fixed gear but still fly’s as quick as many of the retractable aircraft around, it’s capable of operating at a high altitude with a ceiling of 18100 feet with oxygen.
Oxygen isn’t modeled by the way. It’s ideal for both VFR and IFR can handle rough airstrips, all in reasonable comfort. In my opinion, it’s roomier than the Piper low wingers I have flown and much more comfortable.
A2A Simulations Cessna 182 and Accu-Sim
Aircraft from A2A Simulations are different to those offered by other developers because their design philosophy is to build virtual planes which mimic the real world reality of no two aircraft are the same. This is by a whole host of variables which will influence how an aircraft will fly and feel in general.
If an airplane is not serviced and maintained properly, it will exhibit certain traits in according to the level of poor maintenance it has experienced. The consequences of induced stress by a pilot mishandling an aircraft not only in flight but on the ground will all contribute in an airplane that will no longer feel like new. If an airplane is well maintained and flown within proper limits, it should continue to feel almost as new.
Textron Lycoming, IO-540-AB1A5, is air-cooled, normally aspirated, direct drive, horizontally opposed, fuel injected, six cylinder engine with 541 cu. In. displacement. Engine Speed and Horsepower Rating: is 230 rated BHP at 2,400 RPM.
Accu-sim is a system that monitors all parameters that affect an aircraft’s reliability and how it fly’s. For example, if an engine is not warmed up before flying, this will affect its longevity. Sometimes dramatically, if the engine oil is not changed at the prescribed intervals and by the type of operating conditions that the plane fly’s in, the oil will become corrosive and cause severe deterioration of the engine’s internal components.
Accu- Sim monitors not only the engine hours of operation but also the time interval between oil changes. This process continues even when you are not using your flight simulator or when your computer is switched off. Accu-sim uses real time to make these a calculation just as it happens in the real world.
Once a virtual pilot comes to terms with how this system works, most users report that they become very mindful of how they treat their virtual aircraft. As users become very aware of how we operate and maintain our A2A planes and take pride in seeing a report from the hanger which tells us that the aircraft is in tip top condition.
an aircraft that mimics how it might feel to own and maintain your aircraft
Personally, I read about this before I purchased my first A2A aircraft and remembered feeling a little skeptical, I can now verify that what A2A was saying about the feeling of pride you experience when your aircraft is in great condition, is true! It’s a great system, and it does add an extra element of immersion by feeling what it is like to fly an aircraft that mimics how it might feel to own and maintain your aircraft. For me, this is what “flight simulation” is all about.
Flying and Realism
At the time of writing, I happily own three A2A aircraft, The Cessna’s 182 and 172 and the much loved by many Piper Cherokee 180. I have real world flying experience in all three, so the first thing I want to say is how accurately these aircraft are modeled in reference in how they fly! I take my hat off to A2A for what they have achieved; my personal favorite is the Cessna 182 Skyhawk, it is one of the world’s most popular aircraft for some good reasons.
Those same reasons transpose across into the A2A C182 very well. Even though I am still officially a private pilot, I rarely fly these days in real life, so to have accurate representations of the aircraft I have flown in real life, I can now fly in my flight simulator, it is a great joy. Flying in the real world is fantastic, but with that come’s a lot of responsibility for safety, the beauty of flight simulation it is comparatively cheap and completely safe, if you get something wrong, then you are not going to put your or someone else’s life at risk!
Maintenance and Options
Once one is within the simulator and has loaded your A2A aircraft, you may access some configuration screens for your aircraft via the combination of shift + 1-9 keys on your keyboard. There are numerous screens which allow you to access options to customize and configure the plane to your personal preferences. The panel can be set to have no GPS at all, or you can plug in the default GNS400 or portable 295, if you have a Garmin GNS 530/430 from RXP, Mindstar’s or Flight1’s GTN series, then they also can be easily configured into your panel.
Pilot’s Notes (Shift 2)
Displays many critical parameters such as engine temperature, cabin temperature, Ground Speed, Endurance, Range, Fuel Economy, Power Settings, and Notes which give more general info.
Controls (Shift 3)
Allows certain actions to occur such as removing or adding passengers, check the magnetos and generator, toggle internal or external aircraft lighting, alter the type of GPS to be used in the panel, set the plane to cold and dark when desired, change your aircraft to a used condition if you wish. Check with your maintenance hanger for aircraft condition status, toggle Accu-sim damage to on or off, change between KI 525A HSI or DG.
Payload and Fuel Manager (Shift 4)
Here you can check the aircraft fuel, oil, and payload status. Change the number of passengers and add or take-off baggage, change the type of engine oil by the current conditions (seasonal), change fuel levels by adding or removing the quantity, change the measuring format between metric format and imperial, view weight and balance and alter as required.
Pilot’s Map (Shift 5)
Displays a pilot’s map which is interactive, options to view different types of information.
Quick Radios (Shift 6)
Allows quick access to navigation, communication, ADF, and transponder all in one place!
Maintenance Hangar (Shift 7)
Review all the main systems for your aircraft here, this where many of the variables that are changed by the Accu-sim system can be seen. Here you can see a summary of the engine, airframe, and which propeller is currently installed. It will show the current engine condition, how many hours are engine and airframe, notes from the ground crew, and if required order a complete overhaul of the engine.
Clicking the Check engine will open a window showing colored engine component condition with an advisory about what needs to be done. An engine compression test and can be performed in this area.
Pre-Flight Inspection (Shift 8)
This allows the pilot to do a pre-flight check following real life procedures. A system of 19 separate checks which progress in a logical sequence 1-19. The system is laid out to make this process easy, for example, if you need to remove or add the tie downs click on the appropriate area. Oil can be checked for quantity and color as the ACC-sim system will vary the oil by flight hours and time. The fuel can also be drained into a proper clear container and inspected for any signs of water or other contamination.
Pause Control (shift 9)
Access this screen if you are going to be away from the simulation, and you want to pause the system for any reason, there are various options that can be chosen when pausing the system.
The following screens are selected outside of the simulator in the A2A/C182/ Tools folder inside the simulations directory. You can adjust all your joysticks settings and mappings which also include the keyboard.
Here you can change settings for the type of GPS used in the flight deck panel.
If you like to fly light aircraft and are seeking an aircraft that replicates what it is like to own and care for an airplane, then it’s a no-brainer. The A2A Simulations Cessna 182 is for you, if you are happy to just kick the tires and fly an aircraft in easy mode so that you can have some fun without any desire for realism, then this aircraft might not be for you.
If you buy this plane, I strongly recommend taking the time to read the manual so that you get the best out of it; it has a lot to offer; much is not obvious, and if you are not aware of what is possible with this aircraft, you will be missing out.
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