Dear Abby (Supercub.org),
Well, I have been on this site since 2005 dreaming of flying and having my own Supercub one day. I have also been plagued with the burden of maintaining a medical while suffering from some side effects of cancer treatments from almost 10 years ago. I have finally found a path to good health and I am back in the game. I am in my 40's.
I am still trying to get my PPL. Here is my dilemma: I am sort of embarrassed to write this, but I am not a very good pilot. My confidence is in the toilet and it has come as a surprise to me. I was athletic my entire life and played all high school sports and played soccer in the Army, but I suck at putting together the coordination required for being a pilot in class D airspace and traffic. I mean, I have a hard time flying, operating electronics, and communicating at the same time. Most people I see (other students) don't have as hard as time as I do and it makes me feel inferior big-time Please don't get me wrong, it is not the blow to my ego that bothers me so much, but rather, it is the realization that my confidence level is dropping daily and that it is affecting my performance and costing me a lot more to get my PPL than every other student I know of.
It is a giant wake-up call and I don't have a good coach to talk to. If any of you have experienced this, please chime in. The only advice I have gotten so far is "hang in there." Sure, but am I alone? I have started and stopped flight training three times now in the last decade. I am just looking for a fresh piece of wisdom, not an ego stroke. I don't need sympathy either.
-short field landings
-short field take-offs (ground effect flying)
Plane: Diamond Katana (T-Tail)
I really appreciate whatever knowledge any of you can spare. Thank you for reading this. Chad