ibird wrote: ↑
Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:39 pm
Thank you Robert for documenting your hang gliding training. Great for people like me.
There are some places and instructors that consider even a single flight as a "lesson," but it's more usual to be out learning for maybe half a day, as one lesson. Where I am located, one morning of HG instruction would wear out the best of athletes, and the turbulence of the afternoons would put a second lesson after lunch completely out of the question for any new pilot, and most experienced pilots as well. If you can manage to learn maybe half a day at a time (totally disregarding how that episode may be described by locals), then you are doing well for yourself. A second "lesson day" in the same week, a couple/few days later, will really improve your rate of progress and skills.
A lesson day, once a week, is going to be a slow and expensive way to go. Please do not
think that you are a "slow learner," because almost anybody would have similar results, with only one "lesson day" per week. You are learning a physical skill as well as the flying, and all this is normal. Once you acquire these special skills, you will not lose them easily, and you can continue your personal flying at a more relaxed schedule.
If you read my web page, I strongly recommend that you go out and watch HG lessons being taught to other new pilots, on the"off" days when you do not take a lesson for yourself. Allow yourself to physically mimic the actions of the flying students that you watch. It all helps.