Trim! The plane flies itself!

C172 — N66213 — North Perry Hollywood, FL — T&Go's, Go-Arounds, Gusty Winds, 8 Landings — 0.8 hrs

If the plane is trimmed correctly for that speed and situation conditions, the plane flies itself.

It took me a while to get a feel for this and make it a habit. I mean I understood it academically but to finally get a feel for it is something entirely different.

Straight and level flight, climbs, turns, decent, or any combination thereof; any maneuver has a configuration of control inputs and correct trim, and indeed the plane flies itself.

Takes practice though to get it just right each and every maneuver, fluent and smooth, so even an experienced student should not feel like he is incompetent if he struggles with this for a while.

Pitch > Power > Rudder > Trim.
Pitch > Power > Rudder > Trim.
Pitch > Power > Rudder > Trim.

Geez! I'm gonna do a night flight to break up monotony..........