Originally Posted by airguy
Part of that is true - I'm still flying fast approaches (learning to slow it down) and I'm only using 2 notches of flaps for landing (so far), and I'm not trimming to neutral for slow flight because that's only the flare portion of the landing for me. I'm still breaking in the engine and fighting oil temps, I haven't gotten to the slow flying part yet.
I don't mind holding the stick forces for landing, it's 30 seconds and the forces are light. I'm not going to be running the trim around much until I've got more time in the seat, aside from cruise conditions.
That explains a lot. I like to trim for that 65 knot airspeed to relieve stick pressure. It takes a lot of tab deflection, but it reduces workload in the pattern and while landing.
With my Vso speed at 39 KIAS, I may try 60 KIAS over the fence (with just me and fuel aboard). I'm putting in full flaps even before getting into the pattern, to stay ahead of the plane. Lots of Aeroncas and Cubs going that slow (or slower) at the home field, so I don't mind being a slow poke here.
Have you done any stalls yet? When you find those speeds, it really gives you the confidence to slow it down in the pattern, even though the controls start to feel a little mushy.