Hello, I am new to flying. I have already done about 3 flights and have about 2 hours in the air with some ground training. I have flown a Cessna 172 mostly. My issue is the rudder pedals. Before I flew planes I had this imagination that the rudder pedals felt as light as gas pedals on a car. I had a rude awakening and found out thats not the case. Is it just me or does the rudder pedals always feel this stiff. For example today I spent about an hour doing ground taxi work with the rudder pedals and I feel like I have a sore hip/groin. A good analogy is that sometimes I feel like I’m “leg pressing the pedals” . Its not extremely stiff, but if you get a habit of pressing these things alot , it has a tole on your body I imagine. For example, I used to do rideshare driving, and the simple act of pressing a light gas pedals and breaks on a car, can wear your hips out if done for so many hours a day. I did have that happen to me and my doc informed me that I overused my hip from driving too much on the job like 70 hours a week of driving.
My question to you all is,
are all planes rudder pedals this stiff?
is this something your legs just get used to? I don’t wanna get worn out hips/groin from this career.
I really need to consider weather this is the career for me, because its not gonna be fun having sore groin and hip issues every single time I go fly. But I also don’t wanna skip on a good career if this is a small issue I am concerned about. I’m curious if different small planes have different stiffness levels on rudder pedals or vice versa. I’m also curious if the jet planes have this same level of stiffness.