Cockpits need to be optional. I don't like cockpits. I want the screen clear, a cockpit is just an obstacle to me. But I know some people do like cockpits. As long as there is a choice, all will be well.
Personally, I'd like to be able to fly third person best of all, but the hud doesn't work properly for it. I can't remember why exactly, it's a long time since I tried it, but I know it didn't work right flying third person.