A brief summary of the lessons I’ve learned through my real-world flight training …
- Time away matters. When you are away from the simulator and real-world cockpits you can feel the regression. I’m assuming this will feel less pronounced as the routines of flying the airplane become more automatic (it was the ground work where I felt most behind the curve), but staying current clearly matters while I’m learning.
- Building new skills takes time, and when you’re really practicing deliberately, it feels like hard work. There’s a bunch of research about deliberate practice and how it builds expertise, and I’ve read a good portion of it, and flight instruction can definitely be deliberate. It can have many repetitions, be designed by a professional, have immediate feedback, and be difficult and tiring and frankly not a ton of fun in a traditional sense. But this is how you learn, and that’s the point.