The common definition of straight and level flight is: “Flight at a desired flight level and heading”. That sounds right? But is it really? In fact a better definition is: «Straight and level flight is a continuous series of corrections of deviations from desired level and heading.»
To master this “basic” skill is the foundation of the pilot´s skill and must be understood and mastered properly. As previously mentioned we learn physical skills through 3 stages: Raw coordination – Fine coordination and Automatic action. The latter is well known when we learn to drive a bike or a car, with experience we just act right in a situation without thinking about it.