I've been simming very casually for just about a year now, and now I think I'm ready to go to the next step.
For me, that step will be cross country navigation. To this point I've just flown very short vfr hops. I've now got FSNav, and want to do some longer distance hops.
I've been flying both the RealAir 172 and the Freeware Maule, but I think I'd like to use something a bit faster since I'm looking at marginally longer flights. The default Caravan was pretty good, but I don't know what half of the gauges are telling me. I thought the default Mooney would do the trick, but when I take it up I can barely keep it flying straight and level. It seems like I'm trying to balance the plane on top of a ridge. The plane continually rolls to either the right or left. It is a constant struggle keeping the plane flying straight. Too much effort for my taste. I'm looking for a more stable platform.
I've toyed with the Howard 500 quite a bit as well as some of the other twins, but I think I'd like to learn the ropes on a single engine craft first. To this end I've tried the newly released Spartan Executive, but would like something a bit more modern. If none is forthcoming, perhaps the Spartan will be the way to go.
Oh since I've rambled this far...the other problem I have with the Maule is that it doesn't include an NDB, and my home airport's arrivals use their NDB extensively. I've tried to load an NDB gauge to the Maule, but then the radio stack didn't support one. For me, that was a brick wall in the guage manipulation department.
Any suggestions for planes, not necessarilly freeware, or for improvements on the Mooney's flight characteristics are appreciated.