Ok, I am sure it has been asked before, but if two pilots of the same skill rank are opposed, the one with initiative moves first, but does he also fire first or do they fire at the same time? Can the 2nd pilot riposte even if it just got destroyed?
The pilot with initiative fires first. However, pilots with the same skill without initiative do not leave the board until they have had the chance to fire as well. For more information, see the section of the rules labeled "Simultaneous Attack Rule" on pg 16. Do note that any critical effects from the ship with initiative's attack will be in effect while the ship without initiative is firing.