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A2A Accu-Feel v.2 Air, Land and Sea FSX Enhancement

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Accu-Feel enhances Microsoft FSX at it's core, adding dynamics and sound to all FSX aircraft (excluding helicopters). It does this through a clean, modular program that works with FSX at the core, and therefore, no Aircraft directories need to be altered in any way. The program is completely configurable via a simple in-game graphical user interface which allows each aircraft profile to be tailored and saved.

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Scott: Hello. This is Scott Gentile of A2A Simulations. And we are proud to announce the next generation of Accu-Feel version 2.0, Air, Land and Sea. And just like its predecessor, Accu-Feel version 2 enhances Microsoft Flight Simulator X at its core. And since Accu-Feel works beneath the surface, both stock and third party aircraft can benefit without having to touch a single file in your F.S.X. directory. Now, let's give a quick demonstration of the new features in Accu-Feel version 2, Air, Land and Sea.

When it comes to modeling the way an aircraft flies through the wind, most simulations lack a certain feel to the way the aircraft responds. So what we have done is we've created some new wind modeling. Now, what Accu-Feel does here is enhance what's already there. Here, we're flying into moderate to heavy turbulence. Accu-Feel adds a sense of feeling and physics to the way the aircraft is responding to the various wind conditions. If you've ever flown in turbulent weather, this is very similar to the way it feels. Now, let me show you how this new version of Accu-Feel enhances your experience when on the ground. But first, let's try a landing without Accu-Feel.

Now, I'm intentionally slipping so I can have a hard, heavy side-load landing. That was a hard landing, and you really couldn't even tell. This is full right rudder and full left rudder. You're really not getting any sense of what the aircraft is doing. Okay, now, let's do that again. But this time with Accu-Feel enabled. Now, we're just going to drop it sideways right on this runway. See the way those tires dig into the pavement? We're barely hanging on here. We also have that physics on the grass. We almost lost it. Now, you could really feel that aircraft and what it was doing. And that's what this is all about.

Now, before I show you the next major feature, I'd like to give a quick tour of the user interface because this is the heart of the program. Here at the very top, we have "Global Settings." This is where you can globally turn Accu-Feel on or off. Also, we've broken it down into sections here. You can disable the air section, land section, or sea section globally as well. "Master Volume," this is the overall volume of all Accu-Feel sounds. And here's the "Global Turbulence" slider. This slider adjusts the strength of the turbulence for all aircraft. Just below is the "Aircraft" section. This can turn Accu-Feel on or off for a specific aircraft. Clicking on "Aircraft Default" resets all the values. Here is the "Sound Volume" control just for this particular aircraft, and this check box is for aircraft with the open cockpits.

Now to better organize Accu-Feel, we broke it down into three different sections: air, land and sea. Accu-Feel does its best to configure each aircraft automatically. However, you can change any of these variables to your liking. OK. "Stall AOA" is the angle of attack at which the stall buffet will occur. Here, we've already slowed down to just above stall speed. We’re holding the stick back. Keep holding it. Release the stick. And we resume. "Stall Instability" makes the aircraft less stable once it's in the stall condition. "Vne (Max Mach)" is for the Mach buffet effect. This is from Ron Zambrano at Raspbian. Let’s just turn this into a nice, fast dive. You can see we're already pushing on the Mach buffet.

The next slider produces a similar effect, except it's triggered by indicated air speed. "Wind Volume" controls all the different types of wind effects. This adjusts the sound level for your prop or turbine when you open up your canopy. And here is the "Drag Rumble." That happens as the air passes over either your landing gear, your flaps, or speed brake, if so equipped. This also adjusts the sound level of fuselage-induced drag.

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Scott: Below here, you can even fine-tune the turbulence if you want. This is "Turbulence Chop" that simulates those ripples in the air that rapidly hit the air frame. This simulates those larger gusts of wind that can be pretty challenging, especially on vinyl. And "Clear Air Turbulence." Clear air turbulence is a condition that is very difficult to detect with the naked eye or radar. Moving the slider to the right increases your chances of hitting that unexpected pocket of turbulence.

Here in the land section you have your "Cabin Integrity." Moving the slider left gives you a looser cabin with more rattles and squeaks. "Shock Absorption," moving the slider right is smoother. Left is more stiff. "Brakes Squeal" creates various brake squeals based on the size of the aircraft and how you hit your brakes. "Tire Screech" is the point at which each tire touches the ground. And based on the size of the tire and the speed, will create a dynamic screech sound. I'm going to try to place my left rear tire on the runway. That would bring down the nose wheel. Also take a look at the dynamic ground physics here. Lastly, the "Side Forces" slider, as demonstrated in the previous video with a 172.

Now below, in the sea section, you have "Water Drag." This is sort of self-explanatory. Move it more to the right, more drag when you're on the water. And just below that, we have "Wave Size" and "Wave Speed" that controls the new wave physics that we'll show you in just a bit. If you select the "AUTO" check box, Accu-Feel will automatically create waves based on the wind condition. Un-checking this box allows you to set the waves manually.

And lastly, you have your "Save and Exit." All of this information is being saved outside of F.S.X in your Windows "Documents" folder. Our goal is to make Accu-Feel simple and even transparent to those who just want to fire it up and fly, but also allow full control to you, the customer.

Okay. Let's move on to the final major feature. For the seaplane lovers out there, Accu-Feel has improved the water physics. Accu-Feel simulates the waves based on the weather. You can look down the bottom of the wing here to get a better look. As we showed earlier, you can also select the waves that you want for the aircraft. Okay. Let's take off.

The first thing you'll notice is the drag on the floats. I'm trying to push through and get on the step. As speed increases, you start to skip on the waves. We want to take advantage. There we go. There we go. Now we're airborne. Now, I'm going to put this back down. And I'm going to pretty much just drop it right into the water. All right. Let's accelerate again here. Start to skip in the water. There we go. Okay. Now I've raised the flaps to pick up speed. I'm going to try to make a nice, easy landing. So you can really feel the way the aircraft is interacting with the water.

I'm going to take off again here. Now what I'm going to do is I'm just going to put this aircraft into a descent. And then I'm just going to go controls neutral. Okay. Here you go. As we're coming off the step. Now we're slowing down.

For existing Accu-Feel owners, we have an upgrade option where you can apply your full purchase price towards this new version. So for just $5, you can upgrade to version 2, Air, Land and Sea.

Okay. That concludes our video. Here at A2A, we wish everybody a happy, safe, and successful new year. Take care.

Video overview

The A2A Simulations brand has quickly been installed as one of the most prominent names out there for fans of any kind of realism in their flight simulation. One of their latest and greatest releases, ACCU-FEEL, gives you a whole new level of experience when you are flying through the air in the tool of your choice. The problem is, of course, that FSX can only do so much to bring out the real charm and unique nature of the world – the developers only has so much time.

Thankfully, as this video shows, there is a lot more that the community can do to make things better, more enjoyable, and more unique. All it takes is a bit of looking around and also a dedication to finding the right mods for what you need to see from your flight simulator. In the case of ACCU-FEEL V2 you’ll get to see just about everything that can be changed to make the mod feel “right” for you!

ACCU-FEEL adds a whole new layer of realism and quality to the original FSX aircraft, totally revamping the original models to bring them more in line with the modern updates released by fans of the series today. this adds a whole new set of flight sounds, as well as totally reworking the dynamics of every aircraft within the series outside of helicopters.

Not only does this create a new standard for quality, it adds a healthy dose of realism and balance to the whole thing. Glitches and errors are scrubbed from memory, and every aircraft flies true to its real-life counterpart. If you want to see a first-hand look of how this FSX enhancement can change just about everything you have going on – then you’ll get to see just how much can be changed just from flicking a few switches.

It totally adds to the realism and the overall effect of flying – after all, what is more important than being able to feel as if the flight you are simulating on screen was actually happening to you? This adds in all those little bumps at turbulence that can be sorely lacking, and adds another healthy addition of things that you need to watch out for – it makes you feel far more like an actual pilot as you’ll have all of those typical feelings that they get!

By enhancing just how much everything that happens to a pilot can affect you and put you off your game, this gives you a fine taste of what would be to come if you were to step into the cockpit of a real aircraft and take off for the first time – you’d notice an absolutely unbelievable difference!

This videos showcases just how much ACCU-FEEL can work with FSX to make the whole experience a lot more balanced. Nothing feels like its missing out anymore when you start using his, as it ups the entire atmosphere of being in the cockpit. 

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