Discuss the problems and solutions to all of the situations that Pilot X finds himself in.
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By Keef
It is theoretically possible to work out your real heading from the compass when in the climb, but it's a lot easier to set the DI while straight & level.

I don't have that problem up here: there's no DI in the Jodel anyway. Nav is "look out of the window".
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By wessex boy
His over-controlling will have exacerbated the disconnection between the eyes and inner ear when in cloud, thus leading to his dis-orientation. We were put in a dis-orientation box as part of our Aero-Med course in the RAF, designed to show you first hand why you think you are leaning left or descending when you are actually straight and level.

In Pilot X's case, his ear won't have detected a small movement as the aircraft deviates from the climb, but will have registered the big correction, then because his scan is poor in this aircraft, he will have reverted to his natural flying by feel, which is what led to his almost demise...
By michaelwc
1 word as many times as needed: Attitude

Pilot X's attitude to:
Aviation law as an obstruction to him
Club rules not applicable to him
Check rides as patronising to him
Without getting too technical, attitude to turning during the climb

Incidents and accidents are rarely a result of one single action. Luck for Pilot X that there was a more experienced pilot on type with him and her actions are to be commended. Her actions saved the life of at least two people, possibly more. In fact, her attitude to instruction was spot on. We as people learn by experience. If your driving instructor kept changing gear for you or setting the hand brake when you where learning, what would you learn from this? Let us hope that Pilot X learnt a valuable lesson.