I use to have my server start out with wake island conquest assault day 2 of 5 flags with 500% tickets. Plenty of air vehicles to play with. We horsed around for like 2 hours before the match started. But gets old fast. Rent a server and pick your own
maps. Or toy around in co op. One of the early missions lets you fly a chopper.
you can find a lot of empty servers, and now that you can play around before the game counts the score there is a lot of time to practice flying, i do expect there to be a lot more better chopper pilots thanks to that.
Coop mission/ switch your heli controls to legacy(I think, I can't remember off the top of my head). It makes the roll on the left stick and the up/down, left right on the right stick. Easier to manage.