Adjusting the mouse and keyboard controls is the first step to becoming a PlanetSide pilot. Let’s prep you up!
Since joysticks are not well supported in PlanetSide 2, it is still best to fly with only mouse and keyboard for accuracy reasons alone. There are certain keys you should customize before lifting off. Here is an overview of a slightly customized control scheme for PlanetSide 2’s aircraft that I will go into more detail further down below:
By default exiting the aircraft is mapped to the E key which too close to the R key for reloading your aircraft’s weapons. For that reason I strongly recommend you rebind Exit Aircraft to another key, such as the tilde key (top left on your keyboard underneath Escape).
Also important, you should map the Throttle (Analog) function to a key on your keyboard (I prefer E here).
This toggle key helps you cut the forward momentum of your aircraft reliably so that you can easily shift into reverse-thrusting. See also the articles On Using the Throttle (Analog) Key for Reverse-Thrusting and Mastering the Reverse-Thrust Maneuvers.
If you have a mouse with easy-to-reach thumb buttons, I recommend you bind Pitch Up to and Pitch Down to them (see chart above). Be wary, however, not to overuse these macro keys as that may lead to over/undershooting.
In terms of sensitivity, I would leave the in-game Flight Vehicle Sensitivity (under General settings) at its default value of 0.5.
I suggest you set your mouse sensitivity under Windows to whatever value feels most natural to you. I would, however, not go higher than, say, 1800-2400DPI. If you have a mouse for which you can set an individual polling rate (the frequency of data updates for the device), set it to the maximum.
For instance, the Razer DeathAdder Black Edition that I use for flying is set to the maximum polling rate (1000) and to 2400DPI.
If you call Windows 7 your operating system, you should disable mouse acceleration via the Windows registry as well. I suggest you follow the relatively painless process on this page to do so. Windows 8.1 users on the other hand have recently received a patch from Microsoft themselves that should solve potential mouse stutter and mouse acceleration issues (see here).