That's not true, you can have academic since you are "learning" about aviation.
My reading of the EULA is that isn't true; certainly I'm not eligible - you are because you're a student (but not if you're using it for entertainment.)
It's their rules and we have to agree with them
I have to get the $200 version *or* the $9.95 developer version - which would work out more expensive
1. License Grant. Subject to the terms and conditions of this EULA, Licensor hereby grants Licensee a nontransferable, nonsublicenseable, nonexclusive license during the Term of this EULA to use the Software: (1) on a single computer, (2) by no more than one user at any one time, (3) in connection with Academic Education, (4) by students, instructors and staff associated with Licensee's Academic Education, (5) in the Territory, and (6) for purposes other than personal/consumer entertainment.
14.13 "Academic Education" means education programs for elementary through undergraduate students in fundamental academic disciplines such as science, technology, engineering and math, including history and social sciences related thereto, but NOT in connection with graduate students, professional training or certification of any kind, including, but not limited to, military training, emergency responder training, commercial flight training, private pilot training, air traffic control training, airport ground control/logistics training, driver training or nautical training.
So for anyone apart from students at an academic institution it's about the price of a GTX-1050... and most of the rest of us are excluded because we're using it at home - unless we can claim developer status.
 probably Microsoft imposed this as a condition of sale of ESP.