Warning: this post is made out of my frustration.
I started playing, IIRC, by May 2018. So now it's 2 years and few days.
As I'm writing this, out of frustration, I have all my flying sim hardware in their corresponding packaging, that is, Im giving up. Being rekt by AI, which no-matter-what keeps at my 6, and being rekt by other humans (whose skills I envy), I find no fun in that, even If I tried to force me to do so for during these 2 years.
I play guitar and electric bass just for fun at home, and after the initial 2 years, I made progression on both. Same goes for other video-games. Same goes for my job. But no way I progress here. Yeah, I dont crash at landings or at take-offs (I learnt to do it without dying the first 2 months actually). But no way I can be a "fighter" or a fighter-bomber or a bomber. No matter how much tutorials or manuals I watch/read, its just a "no".
Still cant shake a lovely AI from my tail, still cant shot down human players, except distracted players flying in Berloga, still cant notice a darn thing flying near me (that is, my situational awareness is still crap). I still miss to spot a plane 5 meters away from me, while I can see a RC plane flying at 10 feet heigth flying far away from me in RL. Well, everything that can be made wrong in this game, I STILL do it. Im not sure if it happens to someone else, and I envy those who have the patience to learn the game but... I seem to be too bad for it, word.
The thing is, I will probably buy BoN when I can (can't right now) and future releases, since Im still amazed at the work the devs do. The game is great, with its flaws yeah, but its great. The game, and the dev team, both.
Now Im kinda curious on knowing people's experience for first 2-3 years in the game. Did you improve, or you needed 30 years for that?
Are you still a noob? Are you still crashing after stalling a 190 against a AI-flown Yak? If so, you are not alone.