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New development update from A2A this weekend!

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I am quite sure the USAF projects will be brought to our hobby at some time in the future.  The best news to gather from that is the USAF is essentially paying for Accusim's growth, instead of just the FS hobbist.  The lessons they learned from the T-6 II and T-38 projects they can certainly apply to other things.  I would bet there are a few other aircraft on the stove as well not mentioned in the report that will benefit greatly from these USAF contracts.  Think about this....our (US citizen) tax dollars are helping A2A bring us better addons...finally a positive use for tax dollars LOL

The Aerostar is fantastic news, can't ask for a better high performance twin to scare yourselves in.  It is kind of like a Mustang, MU-2, or any other serious HP airplane, it requires a very proficient pilot or it will bite you hard.  I hope A2A has a setting to have engine failures after takeoff, so you guys can see just how scary that phase of flight in a twin can be and knowing A2A's attention to detail on flight dynamics, their Aerostar or whatever other twin they do in the meantime, you will know why the FAA requires twin pilots memorize the 11 Vmc factors for a MEL checkride.

Good stuff ahead!

Cheers

TJ
 

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4 hours ago, pilottj said:

I am quite sure the USAF projects will be brought to our hobby at some time in the future. 

And yet in the Facebook comments, A2A said...

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we promise not to release stuff all at the same time and that T-6 might not make it to a consumer product.

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Lets hope we can get a consumer product out of it, it will require quite a lot of extra work to make a product for the T-6 II.

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The T-6 might not make a consumer release

So... I admire your faith, but they don't seem to share it.

Now, granted, to your larger point, they did go on to say...

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but for sure we now have a Turbo Prop modelled in Accu-sim ready to be unleashed. And not only that but one of the most popular Turbo prop engines.

So there could be a "peace dividend" down the line... but no telling when.

And other things in the announcement - like the Spitfires - are clearly institutional projects that don't have a consumer track.

I agree it's all very exciting if you're a fan of the company... but the excitement isn't as consumer-focused as some had hoped, and some patience is going to be needed.

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Bummer that these are not in the immediate consumer pipeline, but a big congratulations to A2A for the Air Force contract. That has to be a reliable source of revenue and  for A2A as a company...and money in the bank sure makes it easier to get things done. It is really remarkable to see how much momentum PC based flight simulation has picked up within the aviation training space in the past couple of years.

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Scott said in the forums their plan is to bring the T6 out to the public

"Sorry it wasn't clear but we plan and expect to release the T-6 Texan II to the public but there's a lot of work to do between now and then"

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3 hours ago, ryanbatcund said:

Scott said in the forums their plan is to bring the T6 out to the public

"Sorry it wasn't clear but we plan and expect to release the T-6 Texan II to the public but there's a lot of work to do between now and then"

Thanks, hadn't seen that - a helpful clarification, or maybe, given what they'd said on Facebook, a policy change.  Should be a fun aircraft when it comes along.

6 hours ago, snglecoil said:

It is really remarkable to see how much momentum PC based flight simulation has picked up within the aviation training space in the past couple of years.

Agree.  Showing my age here, but I remember trying to talk about PC-based simulation on CompuServe's AVSig (Aviation Special Interest Group) thirty years ago and being shouted down.  Great forum - one of the best I've ever been a part of - but that was pretty much a banned topic.

Worth noting that A2A isn't the only USAF contractor out there - per this Sim Outhouse post and a few that follow it, Milviz developed their T-38C for the Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) program, which is more traditional and more established than Pilot Training Next (PTN), which is where A2A has been focused.  Really a lot of professional training action going on.

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