A go-around maneuver may be performed in a number of situations, including when requested by air traffic control (ATC) or when an airplane is making an unstabilized
approach. Once a go-around decision has been made, flight crews must focus on ensuring that the maneuver is flown correctly by being aware of the difficulties that can occur and
following the appropriate procedures to address those difficulties. A go-around maneuver can be both effective and safe when performed according to standard operating
procedures by crews who are alerted to possible hazards.
By David Carbaugh, Chief Pilot, Flight Operations Safety, and
Bertrand de Courville, Captain, Air France, Retired, and Co-Chair, European Commercial Aviation Safety Team