6 pages of discussion on trimming should tell you that something is wrong.
When I fly the Cessna, NGX, 747 or even the MD-11 with LSAS I do so intuitively. When the stick gets too heavy I trim out the difference to maintain stability. I don't even think about it. I don't even really think about speed. Just stability.
With the 777 am I trimming purely for speed or for stability? It should be both of course, but I am plummeting up and down with no clear idea of what that action means in this plane. It seems to be all about speed. When I turn on the FBW Ref indicator I am often far away from where I thought I was in the envelope.
I've just watched a few cockpit videos of pilots manually flying the 777. It looks effortless, almost thoughtless.
We've gone from the ridiculous to the sublime. Before we couldn't trim, now I'm trimming to ridiculous lengths to maintain what, speed? stability?
It's a doddle to fly with the fbw trim ref activated I must admit but I shouldn't need that.
SP1 is an embarrassment of riches.