The FAA's Airplane Flying Handbook(FAA-H-8083-3B) has this to say, in part, about go-arounds
: "The first priority is always to maintain control and obtain adequate flying speed.
Once things settle down, ATC may ask you the reason for the go-around
, since we need to know if that reason impacts other aircraft.
Among the five recommendations in the report by the Interstate Aviation Committee was to "study the possibility of introduction into the FFS (full flight simulator) training program scenarios of go-arounds
in various conditions, in manual control mode with two engines operative from various heights".
A takeoff one discontinues is an "abort." A landing one discontinues is a "go around." What about when a landing is going poorly but the aircraft already is past the NLT go-around
Applying only partial power in a go-around
is never appropriate."
Neglect the pitch control at your peril during a go-around
since losing control and stalling so close to the ground almost always guarantees a bad day.
According to the CVR, the takeoff warning horn sounded about 0.3 seconds before the pilot stated he was performing a go-around
. The airplane lifted off near the departure end of the runway.
And the reason you're going around may not even be something you can readily identify; controllers frequently command a go-around
when the preceding traffic is slow to exit the runway.
About 1/2 mile from the runway, the pilot thought the airplane was too high, but "a few seconds later" the airplane felt like it "literally just dropped out of the sky." He immediately applied full power and pitched the nose up to perform a go-around
, but "the application of power was too late" and the left main landing gear struck the ground about 120 feet from the runway threshold.
At about 1158 Mountain time, the airplane was substantially damaged when it veered off the runway and struck an unoccupied, parked Cessna 172 during an attempted go-around
. The private pilot/owner, two passengers and two dogs on board were not injured; no persons on the ground were injured.
As accident statistics, investigations and even imagery show, failure to successfully execute a go-around
can be deadly business.
The other is to seriously consider a go-around
much earlier in the sequence.