This is something i've been saying for awhile. If we're purchasing and using shuttles w/ our current craft, we need a functional shuttle bay to launch/land. I've seen better functionality in both ST:Elite Force/EF2 and Second Life with a fanboys designed ship than I have in this game. Part of that I blame on a lack of both vision and resources w/cryptic..
A Side Question: Whats the hold-up on getting sub-orbital navigation on shuttles. I'd rather fly my Delta, Galileo or Runabout down to a planet and take off from there as well if I had the ability to do. If STO is serious about keeping people playing, they should be focusing on both of these things i've mentioned instead of throwing out prize boxes, which is killing this game..