June 17, 2004

The Death Grip

On the approaches today and the return to Oakland, John noticed the return of the Death Grip. I seem to be prone to this -- instead of flying with a light touch the way I do VFR, I typically start holding the yoke with a great deal of force. My flying suffers noticeably. Something about the Death Grip -- either what it signifies about my mental state, or what it causes directly, or both -- causes me to over-correct and miss a lot of the plane's natural feedback through the yoke. I thought I'd mostly overcome this a few weeks back; apparently not.

As with all these things, it's obvious on the ground and when we talk about it during the briefings and debriefings, but in the air, under the hood...

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