Corné van Moorsel
Oh I think it's because the Skirmish card gets flipped so thats the first Cockpit access card, and the amount for the beginning setup is the skirmish card + additional cockpit access cards I believe?
Yes. The captain gets the Skirmish card, flipped to its Cockpit Access side.
The numbers on the cards show how many you place in the center at the start.
To avoid misundestanding the word "Place" is added at the Fasten Your Seatbelts (preparation) section.