I knew of plenty of pilots who before skill got nerfed, became a much better pilot to the point of being an ace well after the game came out. Now there are things cert wise that IMO should be changed so its a bit more fair equipment wise, but if you take out skilled play, then the game just becomes boring for even the less skilled players in the long run. Sure at first they will have fun and get kills but once people realise that there is no way to really improve your game play, they will leave. That is why games like starcraft, counter strike and MOBA games are extremely popular even though a majority of players are bad... the bad players want to become good so they practice, and they eventually become better while looking up to the Diamond league players, even though fighting them they would get stomped. Without being able to get better, the game just becomes a grind and / or a numbers game which is fine for a facebook game you play for a short time, but not fine for a game that is trying to retain players for long periods of time.