October 2010 Issue

What Goes Around Comes Around... Again

Deciding on the go-around is step one; executing it should be done in a thoughtful, logical sequence.

Sometimes the only answer to a situation is, "No, not this time." Maybe it applies during a to-minima instrument approach where the ground never appears; maybe while attempting VFR flight toward weather deteriorating into IMC. Often, it should be the first part of the answer to a questionable landing—with the second part of the answer being, "Yes, I’m going around." The high-profile landing accident involving a Hawker Beechcraft Premier IA at EAA AirVenture 2010 in Oshkosh, Wis., served to elevate the topic. But venue aside, normal application of the requisite skills and judgment can work there, just as they do elsewhere.

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