The Hardest Part Of Learning To Become A PilotAt least for me, is talking on the radio. I'm not afraid to talk on the radio. I'm afraid of saying something wrong on the radio. Flying an aircraft, even with an instructor by my side, is still a daunting task for me. It is the ultimate in "multi-tasking". The pilot has to keep the airplane at the proper speed, altitude and heading while monitoring dozens of instruments in the cockpit. All new private pilot students are taught under VFR (Visual Flight Rules) and so they must also keep an eye out for other air traffic as they are flying as mid air collisions still happen and it usually happens because one or both pilots are not paying attention to their surroundings.
Now add to this already complicated mix, a requirement to stay in touch with air traffic control (in certain controlled air space) and the task of flying, for me, becomes even more complicated. The instructions from air traffic control must me monitored and clearly understood so as to avoid mistakes. This is not always easy. Have you ever tried to talk on your cell phone while navigating through rush hour traffic? Flying and talking to air traffic control is somewhat like that. It takes a lot of concentration.
The video below is of a private pilot which demonstrates the large amount of talking to ATC which is required as he flies around the vicinity of his home air field. Notice that he misses a couple of instructions as he flies and the air traffic controller asks him to acknowledge his instruction.