The Patriots Jet Team and I are flying A-10 all the time. Hit me up with a PM and I'll send you our Ventrilo info if you'd like to try a multiplayer flight.
In the mean time get comfortable with the TGP and Mavericks. You can use auto-start in game until you learn the full start procedure.
If you have the means a Thrustmaster Warthog stick and throttle really add to the experience.