Great review BeachAV8R, and I say that as someone who is actually enjoying Flight.
The lack of TIR support is ridiculous, and I you nailed it about how bad the "first impression" is for a simmer (just like with XP10 recently).
After flying that poor Icon in those baloon and wedding missions I was ready to park Flight (much as I did FSX when it first came out), but thankfully I gave the Stearman a try in Freeflight and multiplayer and found that I actually enjoy flying around Hawaii in low level and interacting with others in Multiplayer.
Yeah I've seen a couple of asshats as you see in any multiplayer pub server game, but I've also ran into quite a few nice new sim flyers who seem to like this sim flying thing and appreciated the help with their questions, on one MP session I actually ran into a nice guy who had parked his plane and was playing ATC controller at Hilo airport where I was doing touch and goes, and once myself and another pilot played along using proper radio calls soon we had even the new simmers asking for permission to land and if the runway was clear etc.
Overall I agree with you that Microsoft shoots itself in the foot and creates a poor first impression for simmers (no TIR and all the harder core aircraft being DLC only), the Hawaii DLC was decent value at $20 IMHO but $15 for the Maule is overpriced and they won't sell many more like that.
Much to my surprise though, I'm enjoying Flight's improved performance, lighting and graphics and especially the multiplayer and am spending a good amount of time flying it as a relaxing sim when not flying FSX, and there's a lot of potential here if MS quits listening to that console guy in the conference room and gets busy adding TrackIR, ATC and autopilot, maybe even someday an SDK and 3PD support would make for a great FS11.
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