VFR Go around procedure[PDF]
Contrary to flights performed under instrument flight rules, there is no particular trajectory following a visual go-around. And as a generality for VFR flights, there is no safety calculation or limitation.
Approach is not stabilized (runway axis, descent path, speed)
- Runway is not clear of traffic or obstacles
- ATC will not issue landing clearance
- ATC will command a go-around for safety reasons
About stabilization, operators will issue mandatory or recommended stabilization heights at which an aircraft must be configured for landing, in good position with the runway, at a correct airspeed. Deviation values will exist to tolerate parameter variations due to environmental factors. If one of these values is exceeded, a go-around must be initiated.
- Stabilization height: 300ft AGL
- Runway axis: no deviation
- Descent path: no more than one degree above or below (consider vertical rate)
- Airspeed: not below approach speed, no more than 5 knots in excess
Initiate a go-around
- a relevant pitch value necessarily positive, near the takeoff standard setting
- a positive rate of climb
Failure to do so will result in:
- very low or no climb at all
- rapidly decreasing airspeed bringing the aircraft near stall
- You will need to adjust pitch and power/thrust
- You will have to adjust your aircraft configuration
- You will need to anticipate your next trajectory
- You will have to communicate with ATC
Since you had configured your aircraft for landing, you will need to configure it back to takeoff/climb position. This will take more or less resources depending on your aircraft complexity:
- Retract flaps if required
- Retract landing gear if possible
- Adjust power/thrust to normal climb power/thrust
Then, consider your flight trajectory.
- 1st situation: the airfield is not your destination. Therefore, if you do not want to attempt another landing, upon initial climb you will directly proceed toward your next navigation waypoint.
- 2nd situation: the airfield is your destination. You will therefore proceed toward crosswind and downwind leg to attempt another approach.
It is good practice to keep runway heading until you overflew the opposite runway threshold. ATC may also request you to turn immediately after establishing a positive climb toward downwind leg.
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