Thanks for that very useful hint! The whole six-pack is skipped in this case. I now spawn on elevator 2 which I very much prefer in my single player missions.
I had to look up on YouTube how to late activate but it's definitely doable.
Yes, I wondered that myself. Tbh, I don't have any real life experience but it was one of the first things I noticed when transitioning to this type.
The hornet on the other hand lifts off on it's own.
With one of the earlier versions (not long ago) I lost all target coordinates of my PP targets somewhere in the transition from ground power to running engines. The same was true for laser codes. Since then I avoid ground power.