June 2012 Issue
Transitioning from short final on an approach to max-performance climb has broken its share of airplanes. Establish a positive climb rate, then clean up.
It has been said that every approach to a landingwhether from the VFR traffic pattern or an ILS, and everything in between, should be treated as a a go-around situation. If conditions are conducive to actually, you know, landing, then by all means do so. But be preparedspring-loaded, some adviseto execute a go-around balked landing or rejected landing, whatever the term du jour is. Thats all well and good, but there are two problems. The first is determining when to go around. The other and larger problem is what happens when pilots make that decision. Sadly, they often mishandle the maneuver and wind up in the weeds next to the runway or prang it onto the pavement just past the threshold.
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