Much in line with John's approach and Felix's comparison to piano scales, it IS all about drilling the various bits of flying over and over and over again.
Almost any time I go out, I like to spend at least 1/2 just doing the basics. Flying straight lines, in forwards and reverse. Sharp, crisp corners. Holding it dead still for extended periods. And ya, piles of clockwork practice, right above the ground. Usually with some rhythmic music on as well (janet jackson anyone? you think I'm kidding, you work on your clockwork to Rhythm Nation, you'll be SHARP!)
When I actually manage to dust off a guitar here and there, it's much the same. Scales and repetition.
Thanks for your post David,
The most important thing is that it should be enjoyable and not a chore. Repetition may appear to be boring but if the flier* sees it that way they will never succeed <grins>
*I know some like that...
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