A2a b-17 Accusim Manual



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Wings of POWER II B Flying Fortress
Accu-Sim Expansion Pack
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Foreword
By Mitchell Glicksman
“The Flying Fortress, The Queen of the Skies, the Boeing Model 229, the Bit has been known by all of these names, and more. More than merely a famous airplane, it is an iconic symbol of an era and of the struggle and sacrifice of a generation of Americans in the world’s greatest and most horrific conflict against a powerful, implacable, fanatical tyranny. The B also marks a great milestone in aviation history, and a great leap forward in the application of aeronautical and mechanical science and technology. As such it is emblematic of the highest standards of human ingenuity and courageous resolve in the face of terrible adversity.
A2A Simulations has made it possible for all of us to have the opportunity to enjoy the unique, challenging and fascinating experience of flying the most authentic, complete and accurate simulation of the legendary B ever created. The creation and application of the unique, proprietary AA Accusim system enables us to truly put you in the B-17’s cockpit in away that only flying the real thing could match. You can almost smell the leather seats, the hot oil, and the pungent exhaust from those four Wright R "Cyclone" turbo-supercharged,
1,200 horsepower radial engines.
To insure the accuracy and fidelity of the simulation, AA developers have been privileged to take flights in carefully and lovingly maintained B-17’s today with eyes and ears wide open. With multiple cameras rolling and microphones in hand, AA developers crawled within every nook and cranny of the cockpit so that every sound and sight that a B Pilot would experience is therefor you, right down to the wind rushing over the airframe and the characteristic vibrations and tremors of the real aircraft.
As you have come to expect from AA Accusim aircraft, nothing has been left out that operates in the real aircraft. In fact, there are many features that are included in this simulation that have never before been modeled or included in any other aircraft simulation.
What this means is that when you are flying and operating the AA Accusim B-17G you will have the uncanny feeling that you are actually in command of areal world B. If the engines and the various systems of the simulated Bare not operated correctly and as the aircraft manual provides, the airplane will perform less than optimally, and if taken to the extreme, damage and failures will occur just as they would under similar circumstances in the real world. Occasionally, parts of the airplane will become worn or fail from ordinary use, just as occurs in areal airplane. There is a complete and comprehensive maintenance hanger that you can take your airplane to when on the ground with engines shutdown. There you will get a fully detailed, written and illustrated report about the condition of the airplane, and can then authorize recommended repairs. When in the maintenance hanger you will hear typical noises of a repair facility echoing around the vast space such as machinery running, parts and tools falling and clanging to the floor, etc. This kind of intense, authentic pilot experience helps to gives you a sense of total immersion and involvement in day today life with such a magnificent airplane.
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The electrical system seems as if it has actually been wired and hooked up and consists of the lights, landing gear retraction system, flaps, turbochargers, fuel pumps, bomb bay doors, radios and more. They are all electrically powered by the batteries, generators and even an Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) which you can order one of your waist gunners to turn on and off. The voltmeters readings vary authentically as each item is brought on or taken offline, and as each of the three independent batteries are selected to be read. Electric motors whine with their own unique, authentic sound. You can even hear the sounds of the hydraulic pumps and fluid rushing through the pipes. Vital batteries, motors, and pumps can unexpectedly fail which will test your metal as pilot in command. As a result of this realism, you will get used to going to the maintenance hanger before each flight the see what needs to be done to keep your Bin safe and reliable flying condition.
Your crew is interactive and various crewmen will speak to you from time to time to remind you to do various things that you may have forgotten to so (see THE CREW below. The Flight Engineer watches the engines and may remind you to give the guys in the back a little heat and your Co-Pilot can even manage the engines for you. If you fly the airplane too roughly, you may get complaints from the crew. Your landings may get compliments if they are good and the reverse if they are not. Various crewmen will report to you as to the position of the landing gear and flaps when you raise or lower them. You are definitely not alone when you are the pilot in command of a capable crew.
Every aspect of the engines and the fuel system has been faithfully modeled as well. Fuel is supplied through gravity-fed tanks, through electrical booster pumps, mechanical fuel pumps, transfer pumps, to large, thirsty rumbling radial engines.
You can select the grades of the fuel and oil to be used on each flight, which will appropriately change how the engines perform. Loading the bird with fuel and feeding one tank with fuel from another in flight is fully functional and accurate in operation to the actual aircraft. You can also cross feed fuel from tanks in one wing to tanks in the other wing. You can opt to carry a center fuselage bomb bay fuel tank for extra range, or bombs, as you choose. The cowl flaps and inter-cooler doors are fully adjustable and just as with the propellers, you can set them yourself, or command the Co-
Pilot to do it. When you command him to monitor these functions, he will continually set them to keep the engines running cool and at their peak. The B-17G has a unique turbocharger control -- a numbered wheel for presetting the maximum amount of manifold pressure desired when the throttles are fully opened. In the AA Accusim B-17G you will find this turbocharger control fully and authentically modeled in every detail exactly as in the real world B-17G. You can even calibrate individual turbochargers, just like the real pilots and crew-chiefs do, so that each engine will almost purr in harmony with another.
The Pilot’s and Co-Pilot’s left and right side windows can be opened to any amount desired. They will fog up if not vented properly, or if the cabin heater is incorrectly set for the outside air temperature.
From time to time, your radioman will contact you on the intercom to well you that he has picked up something that you might like to hear and that you should switch to the liaison channel of your com radio. When you do this, you might hear a song, a news program with a speech by Winston Churchill, a sports report, or some other radio program that would have been broadcast over the radio in Europe during WWII. These recordings are all taken from authentic s broadcasts. At first you will hear static as you approach the station, then the
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program will get clearer and, as you flyaway from the station, you will hear static again until the program cannot be heard anymore, as if it was really coming in on a low frequency radio band typical of those days. As you go out of range of the broadcast, the radioman will comment on that. This is areal first in flight simulation, and it adds an uncanny sense of realism, depth, time and place to your sim experience. It’s one of my favorite parts of this incredible simulation, and it is a remarkable AA flight simulation first.
Another nice touch is the feature which allows you to open the bomb bay doors or command the bombardier to do so, and drop the bombs. From the outside, you can watch them fall away, or from inside, you can hear the latches release as your aircraft instantly becomes 6,000 pounds lighter. You can also jettison your internal bomb bay tanks if you wish, which make a characteristic whoosh as those enormous, tall tanks fall into the airstream below.
Here’s areal treat for aviation historians and everyone who loves the BAA has modeled a fully functional, completely accurate and authentic Honeywell C automatic pilot in this simulation. When you access it through D pop-up, you will find an exact replica of the C control panel upon which every knob and switch operates and functions exactly as did the real one. Also, you can communicate through the D panel with your bombardier, who was a necessary teammate when operating of this piece of equipment. While this very early autopilot was finicky and did not have the simplicity of operation or many of the features of the more modern autopilots that we have become accustomed to using, operating this C simulation will let you share the experience which Pilots of the B (as well Pilots of the Band B) had when they used this historical piece of aviation equipment. A2A’s fully functioning model of the C is but another of the many groundbreaking flight simulation firsts contained in A2A’s Accusim B-17G simulation.
The flight model of the AA Accusim B-17G has been meticulously created to give you the true feeling of flying this heavy, four-engine bomber. Close reference to B Pilot’s reports and AA staff flights in areal B have informed us to the greatest extent possible what flying this airplane feels like. That enormous fin and rudder made turns very smooth and easy. The elevators were sensitive and never lost their effect, even at slow speeds. There was power to spare in those four Wright R, 1,200 horsepower engines. Accordingly, the Fortress carried herself with grace and ease at all times. Altogether, she was a majestic and gentle airplane and every B pilot we have spoken to and every pilot’s report we have come across has said without reservation that she was a joy to fly.
The AA staff has meticulously and professionally recorded every sound that is heard when operating and flying a B-17G, from the powerful engines to the smallest switch in the cockpit. The airframe groans if you strain it too hard, the wind whistles outside according to the airspeed and, if you open either or both of the cockpit windows you will hear the engines louder outside the window and hear the wind whip into the cockpit, just as with the real airplane. The brakes and tires squeal appropriately when they are pushed hard. Every control, switch, knob and device that makes a sound in the real-world B-17G has been recorded and included in this simulation in order to immerse and involve you as completely as possible. Switches and knobs click from position to position with a visceral feel that is uncanny. Everything in the cockpit moves and operates exactly as it does in the real B-17G.
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All of these features and much more await you in the AA Accusim B. This is not a generic Band this simulation is not like any other you have ever experienced before. Great care has been taken by AA to replicate the actual G model of this airplane. It is historically accurate down to the rivets, instruments, handles, controls, cables, wires and tubes of the B-17G. Nothing has been left out and everything moves and operates authentically. A2A’s exclusive and proprietary Accusim matrix provides features and controls far beyond that which FSX normally allows. That is why AA has been able to create the most accurate, historically correct and complete simulation of the
B-17G ever offered.
Mitchell Glicksman
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Table of contents
Chapter 1: welcome
Designer's notes
Brand new maintenance hangar
Fourth generation accu-sim lives and breathes under the hood
Chapter 2: quick start guide
Hard drive:250mb of hard drive space or bettervideo card:
Realism settings
Chapter 3: accu-sim and the combustion engine
Overview of how the engine works and creates power
Carburetor air temperature (cat)
How do you know when you have the right mixture?
Manifold pressure = air pressure
Manifold pressure
So how can an engine produce more power at high altitudes where the air is so thin?
Engine temperature
Lubrication system (oil)
More cylinders, more power
Torque vs horsepower
Chapter 4: accu-sim and the b flying fortress
Actions lead to consequences
Your aircraft talks too
Key systems to watch
Professional audio makes a world of difference
Physical gauges
Apu (auxiliary power unit)
Chapter 5: b-17g flying fortress accu-sim pilot's manual addendum
Avoid pivot turns
On landing, raise your flaps once you touchdown to settle the aircraft
General description
Wings of power b-17g certified
Liveriesb-17g-85-bo 43-38414 ln-y heaven sent, 350th bs/100th bg, 1945
Cockpitcenter console
Co-pilot front corner
Induction system
Hydraulic system
Electrical system
Fluorescent lights
Formation lights
Recognition lights
Cabin heating system
Off: no outside air enters the cabin (aside from open windows, doors, leaks in the cabin, etc.)cold:
Landing flaps system
Oxygen system
Normal operations checklists
Takeoff over 50 ft obstacle
Emergenciesemergency operations of landing gear
Emergency bomb release
Crew's reports
Distance to sea level
Payload and fuel manager
Navigator's map
Maintenance hangar
Engine selector
C-1 autopilot controls
Engagement procedure
You should move the turn control knob slowly
Custom key mappings
Chapter 6: the boeing b-17g
Flying the b-17g
The b as a civil airliner
The lady's crew
The flight engineer
The waist gunners
Dressed to kill
A faithful and long-service queen
Now it's your turn


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