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RE: [RC] ATTN: Folks who don't use HRMs - heidi

I determined then
and there that I would learn to fly by the seat of my pants
BEFORE I became reliant on all those terrific instruments.

Yup, and there's tons of people dead because they didn't believe the
instruments. Flew right into the ground.

True.  But...  When you are starting out, the less instruments the better,
because they confuse the issue of getting to know the essence of what
you're doing.  Many student pilots are overwhelmed by even the minimal
instruments in a trainer--and instructors work to get them to just relax
and fly.  As you get the feel of it, then you gradually add the
instrumentation as you become sufficiently coordinated to deal with all
those different things.

I'm talking about rank beginnings here--and I still advise beginners to
ride without gadgets.  Once they get the gist of things, THEN they will
benefit by adding the gadgets.  But starting with the gadgetry too often
detracts from learning first and foremost to listen to the horse.  (Or the
plane.)

Perhaps my flying analogy has some flaws--and by all means if you HAVE the
instruments, you need to factor them in.  But if you never get comfortable
with the basics, you'll never be able to make best use of the
instruments/gadgets either.

Heidi



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RE: [RC] ATTN: Folks who don't use HRMs, David LeBlanc