So, 18 points gets you 1 alpha squadron. 18 points also gets you Mauler Mithel w/ Vet instincts.
In this scenario, you trade boost and 3 dice at range 2 and range 3 for pilot skill 9, allowing you to barrel roll out of lines of fire much more often.
Saber Squadron vs Engine Upgrade Mauler. You now only trade 2 dice at range 2 and 3 for PS 7 instead of PS 4.
I tend to have a hard time taking an interceptor instead of mauler becasuse of the higher pilot skill. Thoughts?