We have a friend you can talk to if u want. He really enjoys it and he owns a plane with friends and they take turns. He also does angel flights. He also has a small plane he built and flys acrobatics in.
If you are a pilot then check your FAA license - it has no expiry date, agreed?
Re "at cost" trips, VFR is much slower, more expensive/mile, vulnerable to weather and uses inconvenient airports vs commercial flights. It's uncompetitive even if it was legal.
You never lose your licence. You can stop flying for 20 years, then get current with a CFI, get a fresh medical then legally go fly.
Pilots don't sell "at cost" trips because FAR 61.113 makes it it mostly illegal ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-i…
Are you a pilot?
There’s ongoing costs, too. You can’t just /keep/ a pilot’s license. You have to use it. If you don’t fly a minimum number of hours a year, you lose it. So you’ll have to rent planes.
Lots of pilots sell “at cost” trips to travelers to fund their hours.
Just practice Aaron. Take a TIF(which isn't expensive) and find a good instructor that you can relate to.
Doing take-off & landings needs to be done frequently at first to gain the insight, but other than that, flying can be done at a leisurely pace.
Why just settle for a tool that allows you to live in a room, rather than go explore the real world? Simulators have their place, especially in ground-school applications to explain flight concepts to newbies and re-qualifying pilots.