When I used to be able to command and host, and the game selection was much different than now.
We made a point to fly to the most weakest link.
If a guy only had lets say WW2 Janes, and the rest of us did too, well we flew that.
The online experience is for the Camaraderie and the Human interaction IMHO
Otherwise if not for the want for that you could easily indulge yourself in single player, and be happy as a clam, until you actually thought you was good at it, and jumped in a Online server with Breather's
Tennmike from the UBI ZOO did just that with me years ago, bragged and bragged at what an exceptional P-38 pilot he was.
I am not and told him so, but the floor was wet with his tears soon enough.
I had no idea a Human could outfly and AI