Which Imperial pilots have you found to be most cost effective?
The trade off is always cost because naked basic ties are only 12pts a piece, and the more you buy, the larger your total hit point pool, the more shots you get and the more shooting arcs you have to work with.
Which character pilots do you like for their special abilities? Have you found any combos that you like to run?
Does anyone use Black or Obsidian Squadron pilots? Why not just take the cheap academy pilots?
I like Vader with concussion missiles and marksmanship (but its pricey!). He seems well worth the extra 2 points over Maarek Stele.
Mauler Mithel is great with marksmanship (wait till you get 4 dice at close range and use marksmanship).
Dark Curse seems well worth his points for an ability which hard counters all locked targets and offensive focus.
Backstabber is one of the best named ties with his extra die from behind (which is easier to set up than Mauler Mithel's close shot).