Interesting piece...I've always been highly suspicious of padlock, never really got used to it in Falcon, lol.
I've been tempted to give Strike Fighters a try, but have been put off by the negative reaction to the product. And it seems the patch doesn't really fix things enough for the hard-core crowd apparently.
But I'm prepared to make up my own mind and will probably buy it this month after being IL2 Forgotten Battles, which looks excellent.
Hopefully the producers of Strike Fighters will continue to enhance their product in the ways that the community would like to see, and I'd be happy to give any help they might need.