Seems like my situation, just I am back into this rabbit hole now. But I am starting to feel the call of BRRRRRRRT...OP
This is why i pretty much stopped playing elite a couple of years ago.
Fortunately dcs and il2 has filled the hole. I have recently got vr (for the flight sims) and this has meant i have tried it a bit in elite as well, which is great by the way. But its no more than a couple of joy rides, because then i remember finding g5 mats, and having to use the mats trader to trade at a sh*t rate for the ones i actually want.
Then i jump back into an f14, f16, f18 spitfire or mustang and have fun.