On the last forum and on reddit a few of us have conducted poles that garnered over a thousand votes and those that voted were about 90% - 98% in favor of splitting the mode in a similar way to what i described.
Nobody will ever be able to understand every single players desires but 1000+ votes showing over 90% in favor of something is pretty revealing.
War Thunder has BVR, and having BVR is realistic.
And players can choose to not do BVR, because it’s up to the players how they play; Just as it’s up to pilots & militarizes how to respond IRL.
& radar missile much like real life, forced pilots low.
Which is why terrain following is also an important part of War Thunder.
War games aren’t just one style of combat, it’s multi-faceted, and the pilots that know how to deal with more situations are better off.
My old poll regarding this topic had over 200 votes. Another old poll that i was a part of on the old forum had over 500 votes. This goes back 2 or 3 years and i believe the polls are gone. I tried to find them briefly.
The reddit poll might still be up of you want to search. Idk what my stats reflect after the forum switch here but decided to make a new poll since the others were old.