We stayed at the airport today (SFF) and stuck with the loop: takeoff, crosswind, downwind, base, final, hover on the numbers.
It was cold and windy. Maximum winds were 23 mph. Cold is great since it means good engine performance and usually smooth air. When you only have a few hours in the helicopter, wind sucks!! Everything changes. I hate wind, I hate it so much.
Like yesterday, I took off from a hover using slight forward cyclic. I’m supposed to pull back when the airspeed indicator says ~45 knots. There were a few times when gusty winds made the helicopter just slingshot into the air at about 30 knots. It’s a little freaky if you’re not expecting it. My instructor just yawned, channeled Yoda, and made sure I didn’t panic. I did, however, do better at keeping my attitude and speed after taking off. No more Magic Mountain.
We only practiced hovering for about five minutes today. The strong winds made it very difficult for me and my instructor didn’t want me getting too frustrated.