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is initiated because an airplane pulled out unexpectedly
and initiated its takeoff roll, you should fly parallel to
the centerline, but offset to the right. This allows you to
keep an eye on the airplane that is taking off and climbing while you gain altitude. Collision avoidance matters,
even during a go-around.

MY MOST MEMORABLE
GO-AROUND
Which go-around still haunts your dreams?
We asked AOPA staff pilots to describe theirs
When the examiner said "Let's go home," I knew things had gone
well-but on short final, he exclaimed "A dinosaur just wandered
out onto the runway!" I ran through "power, flaps, climb, gear," and
replied, "I wish they'd fix the fence!" -David J. Kenny
Coming in for a landing, my flight instructor said, "Add power." I
added a little power for a soft touchdown, but the CFI meant to add
full power for a go around. The CFI retracted the flaps, resulting in a
substantial sink rate. Thankfully we didn't hit the runway.
-Alyssa J. Miller
I was practicing my airshow routine in a single-seat Pitts at a rural
cropduster strip in Arkansas. It took three attempts before I landed
successfully on the narrow pavement, and when it was over the
owner said that my landings were much more thrilling to watch
than my flying. -Dave Hirschman
In the early 1970s I visited the old Pikeville, Kentucky, airport with
a short runway at the bottom of a river valley, and decided to do a
touch and go. I assumed airport office spectators pointing to my
airplane as I added power were admiring my aeronautical skills,
but actually they were noticing I had full flaps down. After liftoff I
discovered the problem and slowly raised the flaps. The airport has
since moved to a mountaintop 4.3 miles away. -Alton K. Marsh
I was a student pilot flying solo in the pattern. I was on final in a
Cessna 150, with full flaps, and I saw this airplane in the run-up area.
Sure enough, he pulled out on the runway just as I was crossing the
threshold. I knew he'd do it. The subsequent go-around was pretty
scary, as the 150 with full flaps can be a juggling act in the transition
to a go-around. I had to milk the flaps up in increments using the
"one chimpanzee, two chimpanzee" count every time I raised the
flaps, which are electrically powered-no detents. Once I got some
altitude and paralleled the runway I looked down and saw the guy.
He was looking up at me. That was when I knew he never saw me in
the first place! -Tom Horne

AVIATE, NAVIGATE, COMMUNICATE. That has been the
motto of aviators young and old for many, many years.
Go-arounds follow the same rule. First, fly the airplane.
Second, keep a close eye on any traffic that might be
rising up from the runway. Third, make the appropriate radio call. Whether you're at a nontowered airport
or O'Hare International, don't let the assumption that a
radio call is necessary get in the way of flying the airplane.
That call can be quite short, too. No matter what sort
of airport environment you are in, a simple "Cessna OneTwo-Three-Four-Five going around" will suffice. You can
elaborate on your intentions later. For the moment, you
want to gain altitude, get back in the pattern, and get yourself set up to take another shot at making a safe landing.
PRACTICE, AND PRACTICE SOME MORE. Your ability
to perform a go-around smoothly, safely, and with confidence will be enhanced if you practice them from time
to time. Your instructor will get you started, and he or
she will continue to review the procedure with you during your training. After you become a certificated pilot
it is a good idea to fly with an instructor now and then,
and it's OK to let that person know that you wouldn't
mind practicing your go-around procedures during that
flight.
Many years ago I was introduced to the go-around
by my primary instructor, a fine young man named Keir
Johnson. His instruction turned out to be fortuitous,
because on my first solo in the pattern at HartfordBrainard Airport in Hartford, Connecticut, I found
myself ridiculously high on final and having difficulty
holding the runway heading in a light crosswind as
I dove for the ground. Fortunately, I recognized that
what I was doing was neither normal nor safe, so I
went around, and came back for a decent landing on my
second attempt.
I was surprised by what happened after I landed. The
control tower called me as I taxied after touchdown to
ask if that was my first solo. "Affirmative," was my neophyte student reply. The answer floored me. "Good job
on the landing. And good decision on the go-around."
If the tower compliments you on your landing and
decision making after doing a go-around, chances are
you're doing something right.
Jamie Beckett is a writer and flight instructor living in Winter Haven,
Florida.
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