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We don't use airspeed and power settings, but rather use audible power changes and pitch settings
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Huh? That's what they teach primary flight students? I might be missing something but that seems rather....stupid.
The primary student needs proper pitch and power settings for different phases of flight and not, "Well, that feels/sounds about right". That may work after gaining some experience but not in the beginning. I could write a book on the subject but I'll leave it at that.
Like I said, I explained it really poorly. It actually isn't stupid at all. When you see it, or have it explained to you much better than I apparently can, it makes sense. I really should just delete that post entirely, I explained it so badly.
Now that I go back and look at my notes and think about it some more, I didn't just explain it poorly. I explained it downright badly. I'm going to talk with my instructor and see if I can't do better on my next post.