I'm only a few hours into my IR training and was hoping for some feedback on the best approach for a well-rounded experience. I belong to a great club; I can fly a basic IFR platform for only about $70/hour Hobbs, so flight time is very inexpensive. Because of that I am leaning towards doing all of my training in the airplane. The local flight school has a Redbird FMX but I really didn't like it when I used it, it was so touchy that it felt like a waste of time. Plus, it's more expensive than the airplane. There is a much cheaper Elite sim about an hour away from me, so I considered traveling there for a few longer sessions to knock out some sim time and be able to do things like instrument failures. Regarding desktops sims, I don't have a desktop but figure for about $200 I could get a functional unit to review some IR procedures (yes, the graphics would be terrible, but who cares for IR). So my question is: what should I do to get the best training? Does it make sense to do it all in the airplane? Is it worth investing in a desktop sim, traveling to the Elite, or both? Thanks for your help.