Well today after much bargaining and compromises made I managed to convince my wife to allow me to order a new Joystick which should be here tomorrow (Old one is....well.....lets say much loved).
So on that note, i've decided to spend the next few weeks getting into simulator flying and setting up FreeTrackNoIR.
I figured I would document the whole process so that anyone in the future who decides to try their hand at Sim can read and possibly learn from my mistakes, so I will keep this as a quasi-blog and update content on a daily basis as to the victories and struggles with setting up for sim, learning how everything works, and eventually (hopefully) using my knowledge of realistic to effect in sim and netting me a kill or two.
Failing that, learning how to fly well enough to ram a bomber out of the sky. I'll be happy with that!