Scott Gentile of A2A Simulations reports that he “…… has released the long awaited Wings of Silver Boeing 377 Stratocruiser along with the first of a brand new technology line of realism expansion packs for Microsoft Flight Simulator X. These two simultaneous releases represent a quantum leap forward for A2A Simulations and Microsoft Flight Simulator X……”. The Stratocruiser can be found here on simMarket, and the associated extension, the Accu-Sim Extension Pack can be found here too.
“…… A2A Simulations insists on finding better ways to reach all customers, and not just those who can afford the highest quality products. They invested two to three times the man hours into their new Stratocruiser than any previous project. A2A also expanded operations with programmers and put an additional large investment into our brand new Accu-Sim technology base, which comes in the form of a single expansion pack that plugs right into the aircraft.
“Some of our customers buy our products for the sheer look, feel, and function. They are true aircraft enthusiasts, but they are not interested in detailed engine management. They want to load up the aircraft, throw the throttle forward, fly it, look at it, listen to it, and pretty much just take in the whole experience. However, there is another customer we have that is equally as passionate about the way an aircraft looks and sounds, but they demand more. They demand a simulation that places them in the most realistic environment, including consequences to their actions. These are the people who pick up game boxes at the store and weigh it to judge how thick the manual is. This is what the Accu-Sim Expansion pack is all about. It is for that customer who wants to sink their teeth into the deepest and most immersive experience possible,” said Scott Gentile of A2A Simulations Inc.
“The Wings of Silver Boeing 377 Accu-Sim expansion pack includes everything from detailed engine management to a naturally speaking crew and passengers that applaud when you make a nice landing. Once installed it can be turned on or off with a single button click, however our testers found Accu-Sim so immersive they had a hard time turning it off,” said Lewis Bloomfield of A2A Simulations Inc.
“This is our finest work to date,” said Robert Rogalski of A2A Simulations Inc.
A2A has priced these products accordingly to allow many to come aboard an experience one of the very finest constructed aircraft ever created for Microsoft Flight Simulator, yet also deliver the Accu-Sim Expansion pack for those who demand the most immersive experience possible……”.
I just thought I use this commenting function to share my first impressions of the B-377. I downloaded both, the Boing and the Accu-Sim (discount is offered for the Accu-Sim while ordering the B-377), and I am really impressed by the quality and complexity of this plane. Since I am not an expert in any way, I can not tell if it is realistic, but there is so much detail in this plane that it just feels more real than most things I have seen before in Flight Simulator. Beside that, the videos and the documentation they offer really helps to understand the B-377 and all the systems. Furthermore, and most surprising to me, the Stratocruiser seems to have only very little impact on FPS for a plane of that complexity!
It really is an excellent addon!