Some thoughts on my keyboard layout, and re-binding functions for ease of use.
Ship Movement / Control scheme
Default setup has W as forward, S as Reverse, A, D, as left and right
I change this to W=up, S=Down, and leave A, D, as defaults
I then assign F as forward, and R as Reverse
Forward motion is controlled by setting my speed using either the mouse scroll wheel, number shortcuts, or F as needed.
I find this setup allows me to change direction more dramatically as I’m headed toward or away from a target, making my motion less predicable while in combat.
I change the zoom to left ctrl, (and rebind this to an extra key on my multi button mouse, for ease of access)
I then assign the previous zoom key, “Z” as the “Fire Missile” action. A much more comfortable position for a commonly used key in combat.
I’ve assigned a few functions to my multi button mouse. Fire missile, chaff, zoom, etc, so the left hand is more free to focus on ship motion / flight power.
I’ll continue to experiment with my setup. What sort of changes do you find yourselves making to improve the controls in game?