France Seeks Go-Around Simulation, Training Improvements
By John Croft
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
When pilots abort an approach and perform a go-around, the action compresses and accelerates the elements of airmanship and automation into a 1-min. window, leaving little margin for error in either.
A new study published last month by the French aviation safety agency, BEA, concludes that pilots are ill-prepared for the rare events, which are often initiated by air traffic control or the non-flying pilot who is monitoring the approach. In either case, the pilot at the controls can be startled by the order, initiating a chain of events that can lead to loss of control after a go-around is initiated.