May 2000 Issue

PAC Up and Go

Three easy steps to take the danger out of unpracticed low-and-slow operations such as go-arounds

Bewildered, I began filling out a Notice Of Disapproval – the proverbial “pink slip” – for a commercial pilot applicant. Up to the point of the final landing for the flight test it had been a picture perfect checkride. The applicant had performed all the maneuvers, including the go-around, quite well. His smoothness, accuracy and judgment were to be applauded. Surprisingly, it was the second performance of the go-around maneuver of the day that caused the unsatisfactory performance.

We were operating out of a non-towered airport the day of the test. While on short final for a landing, another airplane – with a flight instructor on board – pulled out onto the runway in front of us. We were...

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