Last night, we went live and took the A2A Comanche on two full flights in VR starting out in San Diego and ending up in Monterey, CA… Well… we actually ended up diverting due to low ceilings and landed at Hollister, CA… But that was all part of the incredible realism of this flight. We did the full walkaround and startup from cold and dark (never mind the CTD we had after the walkaround ) and then put this beauty through her paces on two realistic flights.
Thoughts - I own/fly a Piper Arrow, so I don’t have experience with the Comanche. Having said that, they are similar enough for me to draw some conclusions. And, without a doubt, this aircraft that A2A has produced is simply the most realistic, accurate, best sounding GA aircraft ever produced for any sim - ever. Period. Debate me if you want
The flight model is incredible. No other aircraft I have ever flown in a sim gives the feeling of the aircraft reacting to the environment around it like this one. In VR, it feels like you are actually flying - the way the air buffets the aircraft in turbulence. The way trim actually does work! You can trim for hands-off flying in each phase of flight - climbing out, we had it trimmed out and it just held pitch based on the power setting I had put in. Just like the real ones. Same with descent (even though that was in some moderate turbulence). I never felt like I was fighting the aircraft.
Sounds are simply incredible. I have an IO-360-C1C in the Arrow so it’s a little different, but the way the engine sounds when power is smoothly applied on takeoff is spot-on-accurate. I mean - exactly like the real thing. Same with the sounds of the air passing across the wings and fuselage - in calm air, it’s a nice, constant, light swishing… but when we hit turbulence, you could hear the whooosh of the air as we were forced down, then quieter as the aircraft regained altitude. Again, spot on. The way the aircraft bounces when taxiing… perfect.
Systems - I don’t have enough energy to type enough praise for how detailed this aircraft is regarding system depth. Everything reacts as in real life to power/rpm/mixture settings… I mean it’s perfect. The JPI 830 is just like the real one. The STEC30 is modeled perfectly, as well - including its shortcomings. I flew behind one of these early in primary training, and the way this analog, rate-based device hunts for its course when coupled to a GPS is spot-on-accurate-realistic. I could go on and on, but this is getting too long. Conclusion - this aircraft is pretty near perfect. No other aircraft has actually made me feel like I am flying a light piston single like this one… Check it out if you want -
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