Confidence is a huge thing when flying. You need to have confidence, but not too much confidence that can turn into a hazardous attitude (macho or invulnerability). Every good PIC though needs confidence in his or her flying and decision making abilities.
Lately, at work, I’ve been speaking with new captains who are lacking this confidence. I can understand that. They’re new to being the captain, and there’s a lot more responsibility on their shoulders now. But I can guarantee, like any check ride, they check airman or examiner wouldn’t pass you unless they felt you were ready. While currently, their confidence is lacking, it’ll come with more hands on experience and just being a captain for awhile. I can’t fault them though for calling us looking for guidance and agreement on their decisions. They’re using all their resources like good pilots and I encourage that for anyone.
Most pilots, and I want to say most good pilots, will run into a confidence issue at some point in their training or career. I did before my solo. I began to seriously doubt I’d ever be able to land an airplane. There was a whole bunch of doubt and it began to cloud my progress. It almost became a self-fulfilling prophecy. Only with taking control and an amazing support system was I able to overcome self-doubt and lack of confidence.
If you’re in your training and this feeling is creeping up on you, don’t feel discouraged. There are wonderful groups out there that’ll support you and share their own issues which most likely be similar to yours. Look to your CFI as well. I guarantee they weren’t perfect in their training either.
Currently earning my tailwheel endorsement, I’m beginning to think I’ll never learn to land this plane. It was the same feeling before my solo. I know now though one day it’ll just click. I just have to be patient and work hard for that day.