Few airplanes define “stick and rudder” more faithfully and distinctly than does the Cub. Aeroncas, Taylorcrafts, Stinsons, Luscombes, Cessnas and all the rest are but refinements and alternatives to what was created by the advent of the Cub. They are all the heirs of the Cub, and as such, owe homage and their very existence to their venerable predecessor.
Even if you have never actually seen a Cub in the flesh (and this is getting harder to do every year), if airplanes are your game, you have a good idea of what a Cub is all about. Virtually every pilot has flown or knows someone who has flown a Cub.
If you throw a baseball, a paper airplane, and a stick into the air, each would behave differently based on it’s weight, density, and shape. Each will interact with the air and ultimately the ground very differently, just as we would expect. But what if you dropped a tennis ball on a hard surface, and instead of bouncing, it just hit the ground with a loud ‘clunk’ and stopped? We are physical beings that live in a world that has certain truths we take for granted, that is until they are gone. However, in a simulated world, nothing can be taken for granted. In fact, if the physics in a simulated world are not specifically created by someone, they simply do not exist. With Accu-Sim, we have built-in to this simulation many of the physical rules that we know to be true and which we expect to exist in the real physical world.
For example, if you start a simple engine that is cold, you expect that it will run rougher and less reliably than when it is warmed up. If one morning you start your cold engine and something seems different, if it does not behave as you expect it to, you will notice this and your senses will tell you, “something is not right.” This is because you have become accustomed and comfortable with how your aircraft responds at all times, not just in the behavior of a single gauge, but in subtle ways — the way the engine sounds and responds to the throttle, the way the body squeaks, or even in the way the air sounds as it passes by your airframe at different airspeeds. More obviously, if you taxi on the grass, you expect your aircraft to buck and dip as it moves over bumps and depressions in the ground. Similarly, you would also expect to sway and rock if sitting on unsettled water in floats. All of this, and much more, will be experienced and brought to you more accurately and realistically by Accu-Sim. Now it’s an entirely new and more real world. It’s a world that makes you believe you literally have a physical piece of equipment stuffed inside your computer monitor because all of these little physical truths which cause actions and reactions, and which you notice when they are there or not there, have been created in Accu-Sim. It is all of these little clues which we experience and observe, and which we take for granted in our real world, which make things seem real to us. When they are missing or portrayed inaccurately, things just don’t seem right. You know it; you sense it, and so do we.
Perhaps the most important thing this little airplane will bring to you is honest, true-to-life stick-and-rudder flying, something pilots often forget after flying large, heavy, fast, complex aircraft for a while. You will be actively engaged in flying this Cub almost all of the time. After just flying it for a very short while you will start to feel like a better pilot, and you will be.
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Alan T Butler –
The newly released J-3 Cub for P3Dv4 is just like my trusty A2A J-3 of old. The J-3 (FSX) was my first A2A aircraft, and it felt just like the J-3 Cub that I got a ride in at Half Moon Bay airport one summer afternoon back in the ’60s. My hangar is now complete. Well, until A2A comes out with something else. Now I’m going to plan some fun flights for my pals in the A2A Misfits MP Squadron. STOL Drags, anyone?
Having picked it up on launch day, and flown several hours in the Tundra Tire version and the Float version, I have to say it is a blast to fly. especially in VR. While the gauges are a bit tough to read in VR (not the planes fault, its just how sitting in the back seat works, and the nature of current tech VR in December of 2020 is) it is absolutely amazing to hop in a plane that requires much more focus on stick and rudder along with energy management and take it up for some fun blush flying. I can easily recommend it to anyone not only looking to do some bush flying, but anyone who wants to get better at pure piloting. 10 out of 10. great job as usual A2A!
I’ve enjoyed puttering around in this little cub. I do wish we could have more options on clothing for Heidi since it seems a little silly to be wearing a light sleeveless shirt in colder weather. The interactions with her during flights is entertaining and really does give a reason to fly the cub instead of any other A2A planes.
It’s a nice aircraft, well modelled and looks very nice and fun to fly. I do wish there was a super cub option, the option to sit in the front seat, and an option for an updated panel. But overall it’s an okay addition to the hanger.
A fantastic revisiting of the FSX original. I’d forgotten the enjoyment to be had in just floating around the circuit or aimlessly exploring some scenery. Don’t let the apparent simplicity put you off, this is a refreshing antidote to the more sophisticated IFR aircraft many of us spend most of our simming time in.
Jeremy Miller –
An incredible improvement over the default Piper. This is the first A2A plane I’ve ever bought and I can’t believe the difference from other makers. The realism and immersion that this plane delivers completely blew my mind.
There is no other Piper J-3 Cub for any flight simulator platform that could introduce yourself better to flying.
You might be wondering why a slow and old J-3 Cub has to be an addition to your virtual hangar (and maybe to your real hangar too) and the simple answer is because it is a joy to fly.
It does not matter if you’re new to flight simulation or a veteran, you’ll find this A2A J-3 Cub with the characteristics that any good add-on airplane must have:
-A great manual where you’ll not only find technical information but also anecdotes that help you understand the man and the machine.
-Ridiculous attention to detail which immerses you in the art of flying.
-Flight dynamics far more accurate than any other add-on thanks to Accu-Sim.
-You get more variants in the same package with their respective differences in sound and flight dynamics.
Keep up the outstanding work!