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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.