You have definitely mastered the simulators!!!! Out here I have found that going from 250 ft. down to about 150 ft. and then on to about 20 ft. my planes pass through 3 different wind rivers(not all the same direc). Couple that with 4-5 thermals and the usual winds, I have all that I can handle!!! As a "do your best" pilot I am not sure a simulator would help me!! I am probably beyond help!!LOL chas
I didn't take any chances when learning to fly RC planes. My first RC plane was a modified "little UHU" (as seen below) which used to be a non-RC glider until someone threw the whole thing in a bin after it had crashed and broken its wing. I took the thing home, repaired the wing and added 2 servos, a 27 MHz 2-channel receiver from a bad RC boat and a small battery, made the rudder and elevator work and launched the thing off the top of a slope. Flew beautifully and behaved as desired, until I wanted to get a little more altitude on take-off and tried to launch the thing with a way too powerful elastic band and ripped the wing in half in the process.
After a few failed builds of different kinds of planes and a few cheapo planes I encountered a demo-PC at my local electronics store which was running some version of RealFlight and THAT'S where I learned to fly the good stuff. At first it was set up to let people try and fly a helicopter, but someday I went ahead and asked the stuff if they could change the model for me and chose a 4 channel trainer for the start, which I flew flawlessly within 5 minutes. Some time later the transmitter on the stylized cockpit was replaced with one that would let the pilot enter the various menus and choose their plane and location, and that's when I did almost everything from slope gliding with heavy simulated turbulences (I'd never actually fly in such conditions unless my glider was just HUGE) to flyin' a freakin' Harrier that could actually hover using its tilting exhausts.
And since RC flying is actually a rather rare hobby in Germany there were always lots of people watching me and, as soon as I'd left the booth, trying their hand at flying and failing badly as if I'd made it look like child's play.
Having learned to fly just about every single model the simulator included I often decided to teach some people when I had the time for it and I'm sure quite a bunch of them got into the hobby some time after.
And of course it was only after learning to fly in the simulator that I dared to actually fly the 4 channel stuff.