When I went to my clubs clubhouse first I talked with a pilot. I asked him about flight sims, and he said something like "man, they are way harder than actually flying". Just curious, how many of you experienced pilots get frustrated, maybe even do terrible at flight sims? As a student pilot, I have never been very keen on flight sims, but I did buy an Xplane 10 sim, and relatively new laptop to try and have a way to practice when like now, it's bad flying weather and shirt days here in Norway. I don't think it is a substitute for actually flying, but I am working out what kind of maneuvers, procedures I might be able to practice at home to help me learn. But even though it is a relatively new laptop, and newer version of Xplane (10) the fps rate is,deteriorating, and it is almost useless now. I have only a cheap joystick, trimming is not with feedback s it is with a real airplane, etc. and I hate spending so much time trying to get it right. The cockpit view for straight and level flight, the sloppiness of the joystick no trim... So, what experiences have you had with flight sims? Uses? What re they good for?