Log on early in the morning to get flight practice (less crowded). Try all sorts of crazy moves. The render distance you can see enemy's on the ground is shorter then if you were on the ground looking up. So the higher you are the less targets for your gunners. If you buy the zoom optics, your gunners can use them (don't forget to equip them, and tell the gunners you have it). Hold middle mouse to free look. T for 3rd person. You can adjust turn sensitivity just for air in the settings menu.
And I would be remiss not to suggest switching to a mouse instead of a pad :-p