I like the flight planning and execution aspect. I’ve developed a little role playing theme that I’ve stuck to since leaving alpha/beta:
I first did all the training flights in the area of KSEZ, then flew the 152 to Vegas where I’m currently living. Then I had the idea to fly across the country ‘in the same aircraft’ to the northeast where I grew up.
Each flight was planned and flown as I would in real life (VFR/IFR) only going for about 2 hours each leg because IRL I would probably want to pee outside the confines of a Gatorade bottle. I’ll land at an airport, then my next flight will always start at that airport I just landed at. If I want to go somewhere, gotta physically get my sim plane to it! This was really engaging with the 152 due to the lack of an autopilot and having to tune and fly VORs entirely by hand.
I set my first major destination was the airport I got my first flying lessons and switched to the 172, which was the airframe I first learned on. I’ve been flying the 172 around the northeast now, just flying into and out of airports near stuff I’ve visited our wanted to see.
My next goal is to travel the length of I95 down to Miami, then head back west, probably upgrading to the Bonanza when I get back to Vegas.
So far the Hobbs on the 152 is in the neighborhood of 26 hours, and almost 10 now on the 172. Curious to see what the profile page unlocks when I hit 50 flight hours.
One thing I don’t attempt to use is realistic ATC like VATSIM. I don’t want to sit at my computer talking to other people and doing everything 100% by the book. Plus it’s the only time I’d get to fly while consuming adult beverages.