The A2A Simulations Cessna 182 is a giant leap forward in the world of flight simulation, but it might not be for everyone. Let me explain, my definition of flight simulation is that the software called “Flight simulator” is just that, it simulates flight as accurately as possible within the confines of technology and practicality.
Microsoft Flight Simulator, Prepar3D and of course X-Plane.
many users of these titles use them as a game
While many users of these titles use them as a game, and that is perfectly fine, many of us wish to experience the exhilaration of real flying, albeit a small light aircraft, a heavy Jetliner, a helicopter or anything else that flies.
Flight simulators have progressed over the years and are sure to continue doing so, Microsoft’s FSX tribulations aside for a moment. Flight simulator add-ons have been very instrumental in advancing flight simulators realism Aircraft in particular, that they can now be used as on adjunct for real world pilot training. Case in Point is, Lockheed Martin’s Perpar3D in particular, third party developers, PMDG, Realair and of course A2A simulations all have aircraft for flight simulator that replicates all the functions of the real plane, extremely well.
A2A have taken that a step further with their Accu-Sim technology, and further to that, replicating real world aircraft behaviour about how the plane will react depending on how it is flown. Specifically, how well or badly, either way, will have consequences, if the aircraft is operated within it’s limits and looked after, it will result in an aircraft that will fly noticeably well when compared to one that was not.
This is an important thing to remember when you think about an A2A plane, and because of that, I will repeat the information as I go along.
The early editions of flight simulators such as Microsoft Flight Simulator “As real as it gets” strived to give us a means to fly in a virtual world. Of course in those early days one had to squint one’s eyes and rely on massive doses of imagination, but for those of us that remember those days, it was great.
Flight swimming has progressed and will continue to do so because of its popularity and the ongoing work being done by developers; I believe that simulation will continue to improve to a point where some believe as I do that simulation, not only for flight simulation will become even better than the real thing, why? Well, I will cover that in a future and separate article.
What is Accu-Sim
In real life, an aircraft has personality, by that I mean no two aircraft are the same for a host of reasons. It applies mainly to aircraft that have a lot of flight hours, the way the aircraft was flown by different pilots and maintained, all result in an aeroplane that the engine may not run as well as it should due to various stress-induced issues by poor aircraft handling and or maintenance.
Creaks and rattles of all kinds develop over time, variances in external conditions can make an aircraft feel different on different days and times of year where hot and cold temperatures will affect the way an airplane flys.
If a pilot neglects to fly the aircraft within its recommended limits or fails to service the plane correctly, there may be severe consequences. If the plane is flown correctly and maintained properly, it will fly noticeably different to an aircraft that isn’t!
Accu-Sim SIMULATES this in real time. When you fly an A2A aircraft with Accu-Sim enabled, you will need to be mindful of how you treat the aircraft, just as you would in the real world. For example, you will need to start the engine and warm the oil, manage the RPM and mixture or suffer an engine that misfires! The aircraft will respond to how you manage it, manage it properly and it will be a joy to fly, neglect it at your peril.
Aircraft Lives and Reacts
Your aircraft’s status will carry forward to your next flight, Accu-sim replicates a real live aircraft that responds to how it is treated, you can service and maintain your aircraft by professionals who will care for it in your hanger.
This might all sound like a chore, but the nett effect is it will add an extra dimension to your virtual flying reality by giving you a real sense of pride, you will become mind full of everything you do with your aircraft and enjoy an aircraft that lives and breathes.
If you want an to know how an airplane flys and reacts in various scenarios, then look no further than A2A simulations products to experience it in your flight simulator. For now, at least, it is a real as it gets, apart from obtaining a pilot’s licence and learning to fly. Virtual flying in a flight simulator such as Microsoft Flight Simulator (and its derivatives), X-Plane or a full on Flight simulator where you sit in the complete replica of a real-world aircraft the type that pilots use for training, then there are no options that I know off.
If you are someone who is happy to kick the tires, jump in an aircraft and go flying, then perhaps an A2A aircraft might not be for you. Flight simulation means different things for folks, full and realistic immersion, or just having fun with no real concern for realism or perhaps something in between.
The future of simulations is bright, future advancements in technology are touted to bring all the joy of experiencing all kinds of real life scenarios, but without the cost, often the danger and often some associated discomfort of participating in various activities in this world, flight simulation is of course just one of them.
A2A Simulations. (n.d.). Retrieved October 11, 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A2A_Simulations
A2A Simulations. (n.d.). Retrieved October 11, 2016, from http://www.a2asimulations.com/