Flyingfemme wrote:Stop pussyfooting around. Introduce her to us properly and enroll her in a PPL course. When she gets close to first solo she will know if she wants to continue. If she doesn’t, she will know enough to be really useful in a pinch. If she does, you’ve halved your “cost” of flying at a stroke. Win-win.
I don't think it's a trivial ask, especially for a low hours PPL student having done her hours in the left hand seat, to suddenly change sides and be expected to land it safely from the other side.
The look is all different, all the switches and instruments are in different places relative to where you sit, and the coordination involving landing with the other hand may very well not come at all naturally.
I may be much less well coordinated than average, but when I taught myself to fly my aeroplane from the other side, it was far from easy. It wasn't too bad if the air was smooth, but if it was gusty it was another matter.
My technique now, as I've been out of practice on the RHS for a long time, is just to close the throttle and switch back to my left hand for the last 20 feet or so. Then the coordination is natural again, and it's just the different perspective to deal with, which isn't all that hard.
Obviously a proper PPL course is great if there's genuine interest there, but to land safely from the 'wrong' side, especially if the worst has happened and hubby or wifey is sitting there conked out next to you, should IMO definitely be practised.