Does anyone know decent plane controls?

I’ve been trying to make a functional plane lately, and it’s very frustrating because all it does is wheelies and back flips, and will only take off when it’s nearly straight up, only to go out of control and crash. I prefer not to use wire mod, unless it works very well with it. Please don’t mention hoverballs.

Oh, do you mean via lua/coding or in-game sandbox-y stuff?

Are you using the fin tool? Lots of videos on youtube.