The shuttle is neat and all, but it cracks like an egg. You will have to fight some and the shuttle is weak (I was destroyed by fighters twice, and I had Aegis gear on it as well as purple MKX weapons). I'll have to wait until I run through with my alt to see how well the runabout works. But even your BOff says, "This would be easier with a runabout or Delta Flyer."
So, when you are able to get on the server, that is my suggestion.