Hi guys. I always dreamed of piloting a plane. As a kid I was flying in sims (mostly space sims cause cause I am a big fan too). The idea of flying a RC Plane wasn't in my mind anyhow cause it isn't a "simulation" as I want it. The last 4-5 months (now I'm 39) I've been watching some videos and saw that the technology have evolved quite good. We have Autopilots now, FPV, and so many things to add to this. I knew some things about that hobby but for most of it I'm in the dark... So to the point. I'm starting getting interested in this area as I can fly as a "sim" due to the FPV and telemetry gear that we have now. I want to make, like a 1-2 year project collecting info, gear, and assembling an FPV Plane with a ground station, antenna tracker etc... I wanna do it for the work that I'll have to do (glueing, soldering, cutting, fixing, patenting). And then I want to have a plane that I can fly around and do some arial video/photography aside of piloting (maybe I can have a copilot working the 2nd camera so it could be more fun. The thing is I don't like these big chunk RCs remotes and I don't wanna bother learn flying on them. It's too complicated for me, and it won't give me the experience I want (no offence to the old school guys ) So the question is, can I use only a laptop with a autopilot and a HOTAS controller and use it to fly without having to buy a RC? Also I want to have the most of the channels I can get cause I want to have 2nd camera, flaps, maybe retracting landing gear, parachute (lol) just for the fun. As I have read so far it can be done with Mission Planner, but it needs to be connected to a RC and the RC have to have a extension brick behind and would connect to the laptop so I can get long range for the remote. Is it possible to have long range with telemetry, bypassing the need of this but only with laptop and game controller (beside what I will need for the video link..)? I'm asking cause I don't wanna start spending money on that hobby and finding out that I can't do what I have in my mind.