lol I struggled till i unlocked air radar. I still don't use the main gun as much as a great pilot would at the moment. Im a little too dependent on my heat seakers(Heat seakers are really for newbs imo in terms of skill as for as shooting down your opponent) than i should be but i make up for some of it by out maneuvering other pilots usually to stay on them and end up in situations where i can use it. Its very hard to get a chance to use it against great pilots so your maneuverabilty has to be very good. I mainly use the main gun against choppers, jets running a strait line or close enough where i can anticipate the angle and ground units. I use rocket pods a lot too against ground(suck using it against jet pilots). Im still newbish level but im getting there. I should start using guided missiles tho. I still wouldn't last 30 seconds against System_209, Shakey or ZSniper.
Yeah, I try not to use the heatseakers too much. Sometimes them choppers p!ss me off and I switch over to them.
Flew earlier today too. Got shot down with a quickness in the first match. The next match I was able to knock one plane down, but I crashed and said fu*k it. You ain't lying; I see any one of them three opposing me in the air or Spyder in a chopper, I stay my a.ss on the ground and never quit moving. fu*k that.