Welcome aboard blindone. Yes, this is a good place to meet simmers. We are all adults here (except for the guys who's names are in red - they are on adult-probation).
Good choice on the A-10C. Some of us are still on the v184.108.40.206 for multiplayer stability, while the new DCS World is shaking out a few bugs in that area - but looking forward here to moving to DCSW as soon as the multiplayer is fixed.
I'm not too far up the road from you.