Over Xmas, I was lucky enough to get 12 hours instruction in a Robinson R44 helicopter. It was incredible and I realised that as I had a copy of Microsoft Flight Simulator at home, wondered if I could build something that approximated a robinson R44.
In summary, you can expect to see a a few FSX posts.
So grab a copy of FSX (I recommend the Gold edition) off ebay or Gumtree (Gumtree seems cheaper at the moment)
I purchased the thrustmaster off Amazon for £37.99 at time of writing (and here is my standard affiliate link)
and come fly the friendly skies.