Anon wrote:The rule of three sounds sensible but it troubles me since it doesn't sound logical
If it helps - it is
logical. It's generally accepted that stress is cumulative. The number could be three of four of whatever you like it's just a benchmark.
I do something similar in that of the things that make me cautious - poor vis, wind over 15 knots down the strip or 10 across it, a new non-flying passenger, a new destination - I only ever pick one to deal with at once!
If I look for patterns then either weather (only viz) which is a shame as I am quite happy flying in cloud in the cruise, actually it makes no difference between 10km and 10m at 3000' but the descent and landing seem to figure highly in the uncomfortable sensation.
Does it make any difference how familiar you are with the area/airfield in low vis? What is about the low vis that is unerving? Traffic sighting (absence of), losing the aiming point? Unseen terrain? Uncertainy of position?
What workarounds do you use at the moment for those things? what could you add ro change?
(The reason for the barrage of questions is it usually helps to find something concrete to focus on rather than vague unease.) So the reading says and it works for me!
the nagging feeling of developing a tech fault during the flight makes me very tense
D'you have much invovlement with the tech side? Would more understanding of what and how the things happen help? More practise of emergencies to know for certain you could deal with it?
Lastly, currency. I don't fly a lot 2 or 3 times a week I guess, that said it is a lot more than some.
Similar flights? Different flights?
It starts the night before and on the morning of the flight I am sometimes hoping for a bad TAF!
Don't want to sound fluffy but some form of mindfulness/meditation/relaxation technique might help with the brooding on it - whatever buzzword name you want to out on those things it's all just practise in not dwelling
And in the air the physical "if your thighs are relaxed it's almost impossible for the rest of you to be tense so concentrate on relaxing the thighs!" is something I learned here from AndyR who if I remember correctly had it from a former Red Arrow!
What counts as 'bad' by the way? Do you use a standard set of personal go-no-go rules? I find the decision making one of the most stressful things so rules help. Even if they're only made up personal ones!