Stop chasing the needles!

A very common problem with new pilots is over-controlling the airplane, or “chasing the needles.” For example, cruising at 5,000 feet, a new pilot might notice the altitude increases a little bit, so he abruptly pushes the yoke forward in an effort to correct the deviation. He pushes a little bit too much, and the aircraft, previously climbing, starts descending. What does our pilot do? He over corrects again, in the other direction, and the aircraft climbs again.
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