One interesting thing I have noticed is the world map in the main menu is more accurate than the one in game. I can find my home precisely on the world map, whereas it's rendered somewhat inaccurately in game. This seems to be entirely down to the 3D mapping algorithm and its frequent inability to gauge the height and shape of some structures can make an area you're familiar with in reality look radically different. Hopefully the AI mapping is something that will improve over time, as it would be great if it got smarter at rendering buildings and their height more accurately.
As Iain noted, there are also oddities where structures will be replaced or appear in entirely the wrong place. I'm curious as to what triggers mistakes like that. Again I can only put it down to the A.I as on the world map things look accurate (but then it should as it's your basic top down satellite view). Modelling oddities extend to some airports too. Gatwick for example, which sadly isn't accurately rendered even in the Premium edition of the game, has a small building out near the runway which the left wing of my 747 departures will clip right through due to its bizarre placement.
I think I'm destined to give in too. Not sure when though. It's £70.99 right now to upgrade to Premium Deluxe, so I may wait until that goes down a little in a sale. Some of the third party add ons look quite good too (there's an Enhanced Airport Graphics pack someone made which has a good rating. It's £11.74).
You might already be aware, but there's an unlimited fuel toggle which is a godsend when starting out, or if just wanting the freedom to roam around (it's under Aircraft Systems in the Assistance Options menu).
Understood. I loved the vibe of that trailer, too but perhaps for different reasons. Hopefully the next season clicks more for you and to be clear, I get where you’re coming from on wanting something a bit more mature.