You’re sitting on the plane, the flight is almost over and the plane is approaching the ground. If you are dealing with the fear of flight then you already feel it is over, you have won the fear again. Almost touching and … going around.
Going around – The plane is going up and we are climbing
In our Fearless Flight program, we talk a lot about the prevailing perception of airline flying, where there is no place for mishaps? Landing is not a very complicated part of the flight, but the proximity to the ground and the need to get to the runway while keeping precise flight parameters have led to the determination of unequivocal measures to determine whether we are “stable” or not. The term is a Stabilized Approach.
When approaching to land, the plane must be inside a defined flight envelope, and if a resolution reaches about a minute before landing, that this envelope is not reached, so the approach is not stabilized, the pilot increases the thrust of the engines and climbs for another approach.
What’s the big deal?
It’s true that even when the aircraft is a bit on the side, a little high or not completely aligned with the runway centerline, a skilled pilot can correct the flight path and land. But on a plane weighing dozens, sometimes hundreds of tons, such changes become more complicated. There are quite a few events in the history of aviation that began with an erratic approach and ended with a veer off the runway or other accidents.
The intention is to keep the pilots, including the entire plane all the time at the “heart of the envelope.” There is no need to check how virtuoso the pilot is, and how well he can correct mistakes at the last minute. Simple – go around.
And even you can sing about it …
But it’s not that simple, for another reason
Going around is a disruption of our plan. We come to land and need to
1. Recognize that the parameters have changed,
2. Understand that we have exceeded the defined flight envelope,
3, Give up the feeling that “I can continue,”
and then everything is simple. It’s a bit more complicated when the deviation was due to our mistake … too big ego ever was a good assistant in flying airplanes.
But luckily, the industry has been campaigning for years to encourage the going around, and the fact that the plane “informs” us when we have exceeded the data helps the decision – to do the right thing.
How dangerous is going around?
Briefly: Not at all!
The plane at the end of the flight is relatively light, having burned most of its fuel, and it needs relatively low engine power to climb back. The whole maneuver can be done almost automatically and flight controllers in the control tower know that any plane approaching the landing can go around at any moment.
And it’s even safer if we think about the second alternative, and that is to force the plane to land from inaccurate position or with less than standard flight parameters.
Going Around as a Concept in Life
The concept of going around says that when doing an important and complex task, you need to have good and defined opening position, and more importantly, to know when our program has not been successful and to go around. Anyone can find the places in life where it was right to decide to abandon your plan and go around and ask himself whether it happened …