Go-Around-Rejected Landing


Understand, recognize, and react to factors requiring a go-around during a landing attempt.


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AFH - Chapter 8

  • Execute a go-around whenever landing conditions are not satisfactory:
    • ATC instruction to go-around
    • Hazards on the runway
    • Overtaking another airplane
    • Wind shear / Wake turbulence
    • Unstable approach
    • Faulty landing
  • Go-around is a normal maneuver that is an option for any landing. You can always go-around!
  • The earlier/higher a go-around is executed, the safer it is. Avoid delays!
  • Executing go-around:
    • Power maximum. Anticipate rapid pitch up, hard left-turning tendency, and high control pressures. Maintain control!
    • Hold nose down. Do not raise too early. Allow airspeed to build as in a takeoff.
    • Once positive rate of climb, retract flaps in small increments.
    • After flaps retracted, retract gear.
  • Faulty Approaches. Execute immediate go-around if in doubt.
    • Too low. Go around.
    • Too high and exceeding 1000 feet per minute descent. Go around.
    • Too slow and too low. Go around.
  • Faulty landing. Execute immediate go-around if in doubt.
    • Flare too high. Go around.
    • Bounced landing. Go around.
    • Floating past first 1/3 of runway or drifting sideways. Go around.
    • Ballooning. Go around.

Tomas Hansson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Chief Flight Instructor, VATSTAR
DISCLAIMER: all information contained herein is for flight simulation purposes only.
March 2021

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