Thanks for this orderly overview of the whole AI behaviour, Winder - very interesting!
A totally new approach to make AI, it seems to me. And noticable all the time.
This AI is amazingly clever!
Yes, sometimes - and at other times they can be bored, tired, unaware. Just human.
But I guess you mean the make of the AI.
...what does padlock do exactly and should I try it? (or is it considered to be cheating?)
Well, it is an aid, isn't it?
But then I guess sitting in a comfy chair with a mug of coffee next to us,
and a "pause" button in reach, to sip of it, is also a cheat.
Most of us are older now than those fellows were - use what helps you to get into it, I say.
I am still using Labels and TAC occasionally, cause I am getting jumped darn often from angles,
which I had checked before and found nothing.
At the moment I am spending most of my time flying defensively
and trying to stay alive at all costs ...
That is the way the survivers mostly did it, I'm pretty sure.
You can't do anything wrong with that, and if you survive, you may still collect your occasional kill
here and there - and in the end you are an ace and wonder, how that happened!