Sometimes mining, some of my fondest memories are from mining with a gang of Testies, or going on a tour of the new spots just looking at what you can find, and watching @NaffNaffBobFace get stranded because he ran out of the ship. There is almost always fighter cover. There's also a racing group, and it's usually drive and fight. I haven't participated in much lately, work is too busy to get time. Once you get into Discord, there's almost always some group or other around.What other events occur?
After testing I wound up melting the Hornet and choosing the Arrow, grabbed a mustang with the spare coin. Thing fly's like a dream. I have weapons upgraded. Working on getting the money to upgrade the shield. If only the missions wouldn't bug out I would have the coin by now, lol.Gladius, Arrow, Hawk, Buccaneer, 325A, Avenger. The biggest lack of the lights really is firepower. Gladius and Arrow both have 3 S3. Gladius and Arrow both have a superior flight characteristic. Arrow better then Gladius, but the Arrow lacks 1 shield.
The Hawk has 4 S2 and 2 S1. The Bucc has 2 S1, 2 S3 and 1 S4. Both superior firepower, but you must manage the flight model.
The 325A has 2 S3 and 1 S4, just like the Avenger. Both zoom and boom fighters.
In my vision, the power of light fighters is not to get hit, therefor you need superior maneuverability. Others have proven me wrong, so it really comes down to pilots able to fly their ship at its best potential.
My best advise would be: try them out, check which flight style suits you best, then focus on it.