From: US Midwest
Anyone who does not think carrier aircraft can be effective against land-based aircraft has obviously not played Taifun or Fafnir. Taifun is not bringing this up for no reason. They are so effective early that he is actually feeling bad for his opponents, and thinks that it is an unfair advantage. Many experienced players have lost Luftwaffe aircraft to Taifun's carriers.
This seems to be most at issue in France early in the war. At this point, the British are using biplanes on their carriers. They should not be able to effectively attack Luftwaffe air-armies. The reason they can is that their effectiveness is based upon "Naval Weaponry", which is already at a 1 out of 2 to start the game. In other words, carrier aircraft are nearly as effective as they will ever be to start the war, and that is wrong. "Naval Weaponry" should refer to the fighting power of warships outside of carriers. Starting at 1 and possibly going to 2 makes perfect sense for that.
I think there should be a new tech, "Naval Aviation". This would replace both Naval Weaponry and Advanced Aircraft for carriers. Star at 0 to represent biplanes, which would have very little chance indeed to damage a land-based target(or any other target). The more it got bought up, the more effective they would be. Later in the war, they could be every bit as effective as the best land-based aircraft, as was the case historically. But early in the war, when they are causing a problem right now, their effectiveness would be curtailed.
And I am a little concerned about the comments about operating aircraft in "open terrain". Should the Luftwaffe be cowering in forests and bogs out of fear of the mighty Fairy Swordfish? Doesn't operating out of these hexes reduce your supply and readiness? Why should I have to do that at this stage of the war? I shouldn't. That should be reserved for hiding from the USAF in 1944-5. The British carriers should not reduce me to the same situation in 1940.
Lock up your wife and children now,
It's time to wield the blade..