To address Grflrgl's post I'd like to see the following. Keep the aircraft PoV and allow the player to control planes using the mouse, as in WoWP. This should include altitude, which in turn should affect detection-range. AT THE SAME TIME, allow the player to control the CV using the "WASD" keys. My only experience with CVs is the Langley(although I have earned the Furious), and in the 3 post-update matches I've played I've shot down 2 aircraft, hit one ship with one of my deck guns, and lost SEVENTY FOUR aircraft. I believe I've been able to fire rockets twice, dropped one or two bombs, and actually launched a single torpedo. Feel free to completely troll my poor game-play, but I don't think it's just me.
It seems as if aircraft get spotted FAR too early. In my second game I was planning to work my aircraft around the flank, so I was flying wide near a border. My planes were detected, and I was able to fly for almost 30 seconds before I spotted the ship that spotted me. In contrast, the carrier can't see anything. I was attacked by a DD, but didn't see it until it was less than 5 kilometres from me. It did not use a smoke-screen, it simply materialized on my flank and unloaded 8 torps into me before I knew it was there. Now no offense, but you figure the average CV was FAR TALLER than most other ships, with DOZENS if not HUNDREDS of sailors on that raised deck. I should be spotting stuff WAY FURTHER OUT. I've stood on a CV deck at sea. You can spot a little sport-boat 12 miles away EASY.
I have to say that at tier IV the U.S. aircraft are completely useless, although historically there were extremely effective. At higher tiers the U.S. aircraft may be more formidable, but I can't speak to that. And with an average of 275 xp per game in the Langley, it's going to be a while before I do!