Have to agree with you, mikeswi. Learning to fly was definitely a challenge and I was feeling very apprehensive about it during the ring challenge at flight school. But sure enough, with enough practice you do eventually get the hang of it and then it feels very rewarding to pilot a successful flight!
Personally, I don't even use the rudder when flying. But when turning I make sure to never
hold the A or D keys to control the ailerons, because they are extremely senstitive. Tapping is the way to go. Just the right amount of taps - back and forth sometimes - paired with a little boost in throttle and now I can pull off even the most sharpest of turns with the largest of planes.
Haven't got to the Vertical Bird mission yet, but looking forward to it