No PPL here but did try back in the day, also at RAF Kinloss (now ARMY base) flying club in a Piper Warrior III and Cessna 172, awesome experiences for sure, putting into practise my then limited PC Sim experience into real world practise, most everyone I flew with has home PC flight sim experience too of some kind.
Not trying to steal real Pilots thunder here and saying I could land a real 747 like in the movies, because I struggle to land even simulated ones at home here, I’m a GA simulation monkey and proud of it
The very first time I ever took control of a real Aircraft and this was before 9/11 and global clamp downs, was with RAF Kinloss flying club and it was a night flight from RAF Kinloss to RAF Luchears and a night pitch black outside flight too, was allowed to fly most of it myself and some of the approach and descent before Pilot Pete took over, at one point felty a little panicky because Pete had his head buried in charts, but I knew he was watching, the sheer feeling of pitch black outside and just a sort of blurry view of prop in front of me was a bit un-nerving, sort of a feeling of flying into nothing, got used to it on the relatively short flight though … marvellous times.
Pete was actually an RAF Nimrod Navigator as a profession at time but was well into his own training with the RAF for multi engine stuff piloting, he knew I was then … and this was about 1997 or 1998? into GA PC flight simulation and so was he, and I guess why I was allowed to do this, he was keeping a good eye on me for sure, it was all quite safe, but obviously, would never happen again … taking control first time on a night flight … no way … but it did happen back then and its one of my finest memory’s ever.
But if I could fly and had enough money and lived in a suitable area, it would probably be a light seaplane, an Icon A5 for causal sport flying, and or a de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver for more suitable outback lake bush flying adventures.