Flew for about 20 min refamiliarizing myself with the type.
Then did several simulated landings above a road. Wind was at 190 at 10 gusting to 18.
Was a warning about drone activity 1.5 miles north of runway 18.
Entered the pattern. Did ok there. Was turning base when I saw the helicopter. About 1000 feet AGL, and about 1 mile off the end of the runway, maybe less. Wasn’t happy, it startled me. Kinda in my way. No position calls from them and I admit, it shook me up. Then after we avoided ’em, a belated call warning about helicopter activity. Not sure if it was the helicopters making the call or someone else. But I went around the pattern instead of trying to land that time. I did complain on CTAF that they should have announced themselves when I called my intentions. Yes, I know it is my responsibility to avoid collisions. Still.
They moved north. Seems they were searching for some lost kids.
Entering the pattern again got a warning call about ANOTHER helicopter. Then someone else complained on CTAF that they should announce their positions as they moved around since they were close to the active runway…. Anyway, I saw him, and he was not in my way, so I did a decent approach, but fought the wind. And a gust blew me off the runway centerline just before landing.
Go around. Shit. Again.
Next time, they were both back. We left the pattern to the east and flew a few circles around a point for practice ’til the cop choppers called that they were clear of the pattern.
Then again, a nice approach and a failed landing as again, the wind blew me far off the centerline. I was overcontrolling at the end of the approach.
We asked, and the cops were gonna be there for a while, so did another circuit then decided to cut it short. Mike did the landing. He too had to fight the gusts but kept it close to the centerline to land.
I need a decent day with not too much wind to do a landing or 6 and get myself more confident.
I can FLY ok, I’m comfortable doing that, and I am ok with wind once at an altitude… I can take off. I’m getting better at taxiing…I can do approaches.The last 50-75 feet are a bitch.
I gotta get this landing shit together.