So, I agree with everything everybody has said! The flight/combat model is horribly broken, etc.
But, exactly as @marcsand2 said, face threats as a team. A lot of people like to think SC will be just like AC, but with more going on. However, even small coordinated teams will pick of the best single pilots. Now is as good a time as ever to get used to that; I need to get out more and practice with a group myself.