I’m on the West Coast, looking for a teacher and friend to share knowledge and experiences! If interested, I can give you my discord server. I am usually available in the evenings, 8:30pm until 10pm.
My simming changed from buzzing landmarks to “realistic” flight after I took ground school at the local community college. Or DIY and grab a used ground school textbook.
Start with FSX’s excellent flight school. Of course you can click to fly them when reading them on the site but they should prove very helpful with all the info in one place.
Also a youtuber names Squirrel has a lot of videos for beginners. So do others but he gets recommended a lot so I assume his are very good.
Ran into this guys channel the other day. Sounds just like what you’re looking for. He’s a real pilot who is based out of John Wayne, He streams on MSFS and XP.