Go-Around Decision-Making and Execution Project

Failure to conduct a go-around is the number one risk factor in approach and landing accidents and a primary cause of runway excursions. The global aviation industry’s rate of compliance with go-around policies is extremely poor: Approximately 3 percent of unstable approaches result in go-around policy compliance. Improving compliance holds tremendous potential in reducing approach and landing accidents. The go-around itself is not without risk, however, and must be understood before more go-arounds are encouraged and performed.

The Flight Safety Foundation Go-Around Decision-Making and Execution Project was launched in 2011 to research and answer the question “Why are we so poor at complying with established go-around policies?” It was also intended to improve our understanding of the risks associated with executing go-arounds and to make recommendations to improve compliance and mitigate risks associated with the go-around maneuver itself.

The final report on the Foundation’s Go-Around Decision Making and Execution Project now is available.

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Additional Resources

Additional information on the Go-Around Project is available in AeroSafety World and on SKYbrary.

“Failure to Mitigate,” February 2013, AeroSafety World

“Why Do We Forgo the Go-Around?” April 2013, AeroSafety World

“Inspiring the Decision to Go Around,” June 2013, AeroSafety World

“Go-Around Safety Forum: Findings and Conclusions,” June 18, 2013, Brussels

“Too Few Misses,” December 2014/January 2015, AeroSafety World