Only reason I said NPC SAR was because I didn't know how many people would find it fun to pick up an ejected pilot, or play the support role on a combat situation.So I'm just curious here - any particular reason the SAR Bird is an NPC and not another one of your buddies?
One thing I would REALLY like to see is to make some of the support craft flyable - like the SWACs or the SAR Birds. Darting into a combat engagement in an unarmed or lightly armed shuttle to pluck a pilot out of space sounds like fun to me.
And another one to my wishlist: An easily modifiable campaign setup for multiple players to participate. Like an old fashioned DnD game amongst friends or even shorter campaigns to get people to play together, and then those new people join up for the longer campaigns. "Dungeon Master" creates a campaign, and uploads it to a site for someone to download and host. Campaigns can vary from stories of epic proportions, a few small missions with random variables to change the missions as they're played and repeated, or maybe even a campaign that has one mission that is never ending and used for Roleplaying.