Intriguing idea, and may in fact be correct. Still, VTOL aircraft are integral to the design of the game. Without it you'd have to have runaways everywhere, and then players would just camp those with tanks or rockets even worse than they do now. What's great about flying, imo, is that you have a chance to face your opponent, just like you do in other areas. They aren't some unseen menace that rips you apart, you can see their moves and react accordingly. You can learn from them, maybe they pull a move that throws you off, idk, like trying to reverse below or around you. Or circling around to cover a reload. You can see their fire, you can dodge. Ace pilots do basically the same things that good infantry players do when the ADAD strafe back and forth. It's not rocket science. Are you going to complain that PS2 should have "real" combat mechanics, so players have to stay still while firing ADS?