Excellent guide! X Plane is a great simulator and i'm glad to see a well thought out and thorough starting guide. For anyone that is intrested in getting into x plane but wants a payware non glass airliner experience I would suggest Flyjsim's B732 http://store.x-plane.org/732-TwinJet_p_305.html It is a joy to fly! If you do pick it up I would also suggest the CIVA Navigation System add on http://store.x-plane.org/CIVA-Navigation-System_p_196.html with the CIVA Helper plugin https://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?/files/file/24566-civa-helper-plugin/ The pluggin is a huge time when working with the CIVA. The CIVA and Helper plugin can be used in other aircraft as well.
Thanks everyone! I just noticed this post. I must say I am very impressed with how things have come along in Boston. It's been humbling to rejoin VATSIM then jump into sweatbox and realize just how rusty I have become (hadn't controlled an aircraft real or simulated since 2002). Be proud of the training program you guys have built and the dedication all of you put into learning the craft its second to none! I look forward to working with all of you as well.