Thanks to Dave Cheetham who passed his simple advice to allow one to set up your flightsim hardware to pan around internal and external views in the same way as MSFS.
Talking to several people today, this initial hurdle seemed impossible to solve and they have put X-plane back in the drawer, like me.
I must admit that I was very impressed with my first brief look around X-Plane 10 now that I can pan and zoom!
The default AI are very realistic with lots of nice effects and even the road traffic looks very real.
I hope that several of us explore it more so that we can give it a fair comparison with FSX. Plenty of time over the dark winter days to play before our next meeting.
Details on the dedicated menu item.