...but I'd still like to be able to see when my self-buffs run out.
Right now I'm a member of The Fallen Knights on Orien. Great guild with a great airship. We've got the biggest ship available with the buffs more or less maxed out. Of course, that's a great thing until you jump into a quest or raid and want to know at a glance if your self-buffs are running out, or worse dispelled. My solution to this would be to keep the current UI the way it is, but put all airship buffs buffs into a single icon with a dropdown menu so you can still check which ones you have if you need to. Something similar could be done with resist and protect from energy, but I don't think those aren't quite as big of a deal.
One more thing before I'm done. I think something should be done about the 'examine' interface for other PCs. A similar problem to the one above, when you're in brawl trying to pick out someone to fight it's usually impossible to tell the difference between a level 20 sorc from a level 10 barb with a powerful friend lending them buffs; buffs crowd the interface and force the PCs level off the screen. The simplest solution is to put a scroll bar on the interface so that you can see the level and class easily, but still be able to examine their buffs.