My CFI took me up for 1.3 hours of instruction. He allowed me to fly the Cessna after we reached altitude. We flew a square pattern and came back to our home airport. I flew the entire thing under his direction. The second half of the flight had a fair amount of turbulence. He told me to fight through it so I did. I maintained altitude within 100 foot except for 2 times where I went 150 ft above altitude. Keeping it on heading was fairly easy. My instructor talked to ATC for me and trimmed the aircraft and managed the rudder. I did everything else. The instructor landed the plane of course.
My arms and shoulders feel like I’ve worked out in a gym. I had no idea flying GA was so much work! But I love it. I’m hooked.