Back in January, Aey gave me two great birthday presents; Meghan and an introductory flight at a local flight school. The first has kept us both busy through the year but I finally got around to trying the other when I went to American Flyers yesterday to fly around for an hour in a Cessna 172 (edit: it was windy and 2 seconds after the instructor said "it's yours", it went sideways and down). Today I went back for two hours in the simulator.
About the only thing missing from the simulator was the hydraulics - two screens for the pilot (the world view and the instruments), all the buttons and radio equipment of the Cessna, rudder pedals, yoke with feedback and a control station for the instructor to set the weather and other simulator conditions. Very good and lots of fun.