Beechcraft Bonanza By A2A Simmulations Review
By: David M. Edwards
Beechcraft is an icon aircraft manufacturer in the general aviation industry. For over fifty years Beechcraft has crafted the notorious King Air series turboprop line, the Barron and the Bonanza. Beechcraft is owned by the parent company Textron Aviation, whom also owns the Cessna and Hawker aircraft companies.
The current version of the Beechcraft Bonanza is the G36 model that comes with the fully integrated Garmin G1000 NXi avionics package as standard equipment. The aircraft seats six and has a 300 horse power (h.p.) Continental IO-550-B engine. The Bonanza G36 has a 953 nautical mile (n.d.) range, 176 knots true air speed (K.T.A.S.), a takeoff ground roll of 962 feet and a 1,063 pound (l.b.) useful payload, according to Beechcraft-a (2017). New prices for a 2019 model of a Beechcraft Bonanza are not listed online. Budget, thrifty and price Savvy aircraft shoppers can purchase a pre-owned and used 2016 Bonanza G36 model with 195 logged flight hours for the asking price of $720,000 United States Dollars (U.S.D.), excluding rigorous pre-purchase inspections, transaction attorney fees and insurance costs, over at Controller.com by clicking here.
Source of photographs: Beechcraft-b (2019).
A2A Simulations was founded by Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O.) and owner Scott Gentile single handedly in 2003. More information about the history and team of A2A simulations can be found by clicking here. A2A Simulations has developed and evolved into the pinnacle of high-fidelity general aviation add-on aircraft for personal computer (P.C.) based flight simulation over the years. I recall many years ago when the put their first generic Accu-sim addon that could be used generally with any add-on aircraft on the market. Recently Scott Gentiles‘ A2A Simulation philanthropized the flight simulation community with open and free access to his outstanding rain effects, that were direly and desperately needed for a reasonably immersive simulations. Now there is absolutely no excuse any bona–fide third party aircraft developer should not have rain effects in their aircraft. Third party Lockheed Martin Prepar 3D version 4+ aircraft developers can find more information about implementing the open access and free A2A Simulation rain effects by clicking here. Thank you so very much Captain Gentile!!!!!! Also please make absolutely certain you get a super hefty United States Internal Revenue (I.R.S.) tax write off for each and every implemented A2A Simulation, I suggest $29.95 United Stated Dollars (U.S.D.) write off per installation, rain effect system with the annual A2A Simulations corporate tax assessment Captain Gentile!!!!!!!
The price for the A2A Beechcraft Bonanza depends on the intended use. The academic version with the watermark starts off at $49.99 U.S.D., while the professional version costs $79.99 U.S.D. The A2A Beechcraft Bonanza for Lockheed Martins’s Prepar3D version 4 (P3Dv4) can be purchased by clicking here.
Setup (Purchase, Download, Install):
A2A very kindly provided the copy for review. The purchase, download and installation was very quick, streamlined, and smooth. A2A has a very nice update set of apps installed that allow for rapid checking for updates, input configuration (joysticks and controllers), and aircraft configuration (Global positions System’s [G.P.S.’s], Dyanmic lighting options, mirrors options, and 4K [2D Transperancy]).
Hardware: Dell Alienware Area 51–R5: Intel Core i9 7980XE (18-Core Central Processing Unit [C.P.U.]), 64 Gigabytes (GB) of Dual Channel HyperX DDR4 at 2,904MHZ, 2X Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080Ti (11GB GDDR5X, each) in Scalable Link Interface (S.L.I.) or parallel configuration, 1,500 Watt power supply, 3x Solid State Drives (S.S.D.), Track Infrared (I.R.) 5 head tracking head gear and receiver (Natural Point, Corvallis, OR. United States of America [U.S.A.]) and a Dell 4K Ultrasharp 32 inch monitor.
Software: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional (64-bit), Lockheed Martin‘s Prepar 3D version 4.4 (P3Dv4.4), Active Sky for P3Dv4, Active Sky Cloud Art, REX Sky Force 3D, Pilot’s! FS Global Ultimate Next Generation FTX Mesh (Global land elevation points generated from orbiting satellite reconnaissance mapping in collaboration with the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration [N.A.S.A.]), Flight1 Ultimate Traffic Live, and Chaseplane (Head tracking software by OLDPROP).
Notes: 1) Purchase of Lockheed Martin’s Prepare 3D version 4 (Prepar3Dv4, P3Dv4) is required for this aircraft add-on to work and can be purchased here. 2) All testing herein was conducted at 4K (4190 x 2160) resolution. 3) Most flight testing was conducted in the contiguous (lower 48) states of United States of America (U.S.A.). 4) All screenshots in this review were taken at 4K resolution.
A2A put some thought and effort into the location of manual installation on the installed hard-drive. The manual is grouped in the A2A folder along with the input controller, aircraft configuration, and update apps. Thus, the A2A provided a pleasant surprise of the customer not having to spend five minutes sifting through various folders on the hard drive to find the manual(s), unlike most flight simulation add-on developers.
The manual is outstanding and the best I have encountered. A detailed historical background on the aircraft is given followed by richly concise details on the aircraft systems, performance and operation. Overall the manual is vividly colorful and professionally presents rich information and data throughout the one hundred and twelve page manual.
Exterior Modeling and Textures:
Virtual Cockpit Modeling and Textures:
The virtual cockpit (V.C.) is very absorbing and immersive, especially with non-Mipmap textures installed. The non-Mipmap textures are provided at no charge and need to be downloaded from the A2A website and installed by clicking here. The detail in the modeling and the texture quality of the V.C. are both Superb!!! The night lighting is outstanding. The innovative directional lighting, which allows for selections of either red or green light, that is controlled by the pilot is a very nice feature also. The addition of the vibrating primary instruments (airspeed, attitude indicator, altimeter, turn coordinator, horizontal situation indicator [H.S.I.] and vertical speed indicator [V.S.I.] is a very nice new and immersive feature.
Flight Model (Flight Dynamics):
The flight model and flight dynamics are the very best I have encountered for a single-engine general aviation aircraft in a flight simulator. Upon entering instrument meteorological conditions (I.M.C.) with a notable winds, the aircraft is whipped and bounced around robustly with a feeling of six degrees of freedom (6 D.O.F.), as would be expected in similar real-life flying scenario. The slow flight, stall, and steep turn flight characteristics are very reasonable. I have never flown a real Bonanza, much less one with a V-tail. However, the aircraft is significantly resistant to spins and may be a design feature Beechcraft intended. From what I’ve seen presented online through the internet, A2A has painstakingly crafted their flight models from actual aircraft flight dynamics data collection during flight with a real-life Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft. These design efforts are very-well received and the flight model seems to be representative of those efforts and in-flight data collected.
The aircraft stress failures feature is a very nice innovation. At one point during steep turns and stalls, I over stressed the aircraft the right aileron become constantly locked into position because of a jammed cable. The remainder of the flight and the landing were both very challenging and difficult. I was able to crawl away in one piece from the aircraft on the runway after landing. The failure was constant until it was fixed in the maintenance hangar.
Dynamic 3D lighting:
The dynamic lighting in 4K resolution is outstanding!!!!!!!
The robust and thorough systems are modeled and simulated with very high fidelity throughout. Unfortunately, the circuit breaker panel is not modeled. However, this may be due to keeping the already high load from greatly handicapping the performance any further.
The payload, fuel manager, maintenance hanger functionality and customization modules is a very nice features!!!!!!!
The sound is outstanding throughout all functionality!!! In particular the sounds of the engine starting and the wheel’s hitting the runway pavement distinctly resonate!!!!!!
System load and performance testing was rigorously conducted in the New York, New York (U.S.A.) area under a wide variety of conditions. The presence of any Flight1 GTN significantly decrease the frame rates and greatly handicaps the smoothness. This is consistent with the use of the Flight1 GTN‘s in any add-on aircraft. Moreover, the combination of the GTN 750 and GTN 650 always results in complete failure of the GTN‘s and nearly or completely paralyzing frame rates. I’ve very happy with the functionality of the Flight1 GTN‘s. However, their application and performance is usually an extreme burden on the flight simulator performance in most cases. This may be due to the fact that the Flight1 GTN‘s are fundamentally run from the Garmin GTN Trainer software. Perhaps Flight1 should cooperate and/or collaborate with Garmin to get both the GTN750 and GTN650 to communicate and function at an acceptable level with vast majority of add-on aircraft, and not just the most simple and low load-stress add-on aircraft.
The A2A Beechcraft Bonanza is the most software and hardware resource heavy general aviation add-on aircraft that I have encountered. The performance with respect to smoothness and frames per second (F.P.S.) are the best that can be expected, given the relic Microsoft hand-me-down flight simulator software architecture that Lockheed Martin is continuing to develop in the 64-bit Prepar3D version 4 (P3Dv4). For example, P3D has absolutely flat airport environments (runways, taxiways, tarmac’s, etc.), which has never been developed since the inception of Microsoft Flight Simulator in 1982. I did a significant amount of testing at the Portland International Airport (KPDX) developed by iBlueYonder and Flightbeam Studios, lead by the Legendary Bill Womack. I have done a comprehensive review of the outstanding KPDX airport that can be viewed by clicking here. KPDX is my number on airport to fly out of right now and I highly recommend purchasing it by clicking here.
The performance in terms terms of F.P.S. certainly hits rock bottom and tanks out in London (United Kingdom) with Orbx Simulations Great Britian TrueEarth South Region (Version 1.0, Not Version 1.1). I had to reset the level of detail radius from high to low to get smooth yet still very low F.P.S.
Arrival at Minneapolis, Minnesota (U.S.A.) (KMSP) just in time for the National College Athletic Association (N.C.A.A.) Final Four basketball games on 4/6/2019. The Excellent KMSP by Flightbeam Studios was used for testing the aircraft performance, which was acceptable in the KMSP area.
Performance at Boston, Masssechustts (U.S.A.) (KBOS-Reboot) by FlyTampa was acceptable in the A2A Beechcraft Bonanza. A.D.X. previously reviewed the KBOS-Reboot by FlyTampa and the review can be accessed by clicking here.
After significant optimization, the product performs at the expected levels under the heaviest sets of loading conditions and the most complex scenarios. However, Great improvement could and should still be made in the terms of overall performance.
I would recommend that A2A develop realistic and dynamic ice modeling and simulation. Dynamic wind shield bug splatter effects modeling and simulations effects would be a great addition. These features are typically seen in the Luxury product lines (Precision Manuals Development Group [P.M.D.G.] 747–8 and Flight Sim Labs A320 product lines). A sight increase in the product price would finance the new features.
I would love to see A2A move the quality, depth and detail of their products into a business jet line of products. Specifically a Gulfstream 650ER or Gulfstreams‘ new clean sheet G600 by A2A would be super Great!!!
Flight Model: 10/10
Breadth of features and Functionality: 9.5/10
Overall: 64.9 out of 70 points (92.7%)
Final Grade: A-
The Beechcraft Bonanza by A2A Simulations is the best single-engine, high-fidelity general aviation add-on aircraft I have flown. The overall quality, detail, and innovations are Superb. With all these features and the top-not-quality require a good computer system to run with good performance. The value of the product is Excellent. Lastly, the product would serve as an outstanding training tool for general aviation pilots at all levels (Private, Instrument pilot currency, Commercial and Certified Flight Instructor [C.F.I.] training maneuvers, etc.).
I recommend the A2A Beechcraft Bonanza without reservation and/or hesitation.
Beechcraft-a. (2017). Bonanza G36 Product Card. beechcraft.txtav.com
Beechcraft-b. (2019). Media Gallery: Beechcraft Bonanza. txtav.com