The first phase of vertical reference/long line training is focused solely on vertical reference. One of the most difficult aspects of learning VR/LL is reconciling the internal and external conflicts that emerge on ‘day one’ when the pilot begins to understand the key differences of flying VR/LL.
While the majority of pilots attending the course have hundreds or thousands of hours and years of experience in their specific field, it is common for even the seasoned pilot to feel as though s/he has been transported back to the beginning on ‘day one’ of flight school.
Reconciling the differences brings a level of acceptance which is the beginning of learning the unique demands of VR/LL training. Due to the progressively-difficult nature of VR/LL training, instructors continually prepare clients with the reminder as the level of difficulty increases.