I think you should be allowed to use a compass. Real life pilots had them, and the Nupe cockpits in WOFF are lacking all the instruments that were usually added to them in the field.

Everybody having trouble with staying alive in a crate like the Fee should try to do what I'm doing in my Aviatik career. If you're attacked and overwhelmed, try to go as low as possible and head back towards friendly lines. Watch out for MG posts on the ground though! When you're low, the AI planes can't attack you from behind and below, and you have better chances of survival. It's not perfect, but so far it has worked pretty well in my DID Aviatik career.

"Upon my word I've had as much excitement on a car as in the air, especially since the R.F.C. have had women drivers."

James McCudden, Five Years in the Royal Flying Corps