No worries. I don’t have to do what I normally do every time so we can be flexible and try lots of things.
What did you do training in? I trained in the SportStar. Such a nice aircraft. I part owned a Jabiru 160 for a number of years and the MSFS IRIS version of the Jab is pretty good. It is slow if you want to get somewhere though
If you like a bit of speed but still like VFR then the M20R is perfect at almost 50% faster than the 172 and I find it fun to fly on any airstrip. But I can use the C182 if you want to use the C172 and look at using the TBM sometimes.
Flight simulation is interesting because 99.9999% of us want to go somewhere fast or in something really big. In previous sims that was fine because most of the scenery was complete rubbish at worst and pretty but not that accurate except for major landmarks at best (Orbx). I started off slow in MSFS then started using the TBM everywhere then realised that al that fun sight seeing I was doing when slow had gone out the window and I was spending 90% of the time on AP! I started thinking “I wish I would hurry up and get to my destination”. Then thought, “huh, this is self inflicted, why am I doing it!?”.
So now I back to slow But even though I haven’t flown for real in a few years I’m back to being able to maintain accurate flight without the AP and without having my head in the cockpit too much. It is a nice feeling!
Now that we have satellite mapping of the whole country, there are no repeating tiles, no guesses based on land classes, it is possible to navigate most everywhere realistically without a GPS. MSFS doesn’t have everything the real world has but it sure has lot more than we ever had before!
I do want to do some NDB/VOR and ILS work but MSFS bugs prevent that working in the aircraft I use at the moment. Hopefully MS will release the Carenado patches before I’m too old and feeble to fly anymore. OR I might just have to do it in a stock aircraft.
Anyway. That’s enough babbling about stuff in general from me. I setup a discord channel so I’ll send you an invite to it shortly and arrange a flight location and time.