Yes, needing a shield to land is something that should be questioned.
Flying the Cutter close to Reed Port’s host planet was hairy – gravity overcomes your ship’s vertical thrusters under 100m altitude – there were a few ’emergency boosts’ to relative safety – and that’s a mid to small planet 😮 – never really noticed that effect even in the Python
Oi! That's Baron von Schnellenstein to you, mate. No, it doesn't matter that I'm an Imperial Prince!