Thanks guys. I'm probably going to check out the demo and see if I want to plunk down the cash for it plus some decent hardware to really enjoy it. I haven't owned a joystick or anything like that since 1996.
And I just realized that all the flight gear would probably totally upwards of $500. I don't think I'd ever be that serious. For example, I love Silent Hunter 3 and 4, but I never played with really high realism settings. I'd just want an arcade-y flightsim experience.