Actually, it's just a matter of getting tech to do it. It's already something I'm looking into. I agree with you though when I get a way to filter out a few more ships I will. I just need to get with the tech folks and the system folks to decide where to draw the line. Should it be T2 and above for instance or T3 and above.
I'll leave it up to them to decide what tiers of ships could be viable and what isn't.
I'd say T4.
People showing up to stuff in T3 ships scares me, even if they have mkxii gear.
We had to take shuttles out of the public queues for pretty obvious reasons.
I have been considering creating a special queue just for small craft. If I do, it will have its own type of reward(s). Accolades of course would be one type, perhaps I'll have to name one of them "Honorary Ausmonaut"
I love challenges, combined with what you plane to do with PvP, if shuttle variants come out.. if your talking about beyond elite 'nightmare challenge' difficulty, I may, just may forgive what happened to my beloved STF's. :p
Oh and I'm not sure if you were serious about that accolade, but Ausmonauts have always considered 'impossible odds' to be an invitation. =^_^=