I inflicted a bit of damage to my platform while flying around my first attempt at a large ship. I also damaged the ship a little too.
I also damaged the ship a little too.
This being the default view when I was flying didn't help. I placed the cockpit in a few different places but when I actually jumped into the pilot seat I always had this view from the upper rear of the ship. This was fine for general flying but not so good for landing or being near objects that aren't in front of you.
I did figure out how to pan and zoom to get better situational awareness so hopefully I shouldn't do as much unintentional crashing now.