In 2008, the Foundation’s International Advisory Committee (IAC) received a briefing about concerns that go-arounds often were not being conducted when an unstable approach occurred below the stable approach height. The ensuing discussion concluded in an agreement that the issue should be studied further and monitored. Interestingly, the Foundation’s European Advisory Committee (EAC) began its own discussion related to go-arounds, the lack of unstable approach policy compliance, the risk of the go-around maneuver itself, and what effect air traffic services providers could have on the issue. These discussions led the Foundation to look more deeply into the empirical data supporting such concerns.
Based on further analyses, better awareness of the problem, and new questions, Flight Safety Foundation initiated the Go-Around Decision-Making and Execution Project in 2011. It was designed as a joint EAC and IAC project, with each committee focusing on one specific aspect of the issue; the IAC focused on go-around decision making and the EAC focused on the execution of the go-around.
As part of the initiative, the FSF Go-Around Safety Forum was held on June 18, 2013, at Eurocontrol Headquarters in Brussels. The findings and conclusions of that forum can be found here. In addition, a number of articles about the project have been featured in AeroSafety World, and the project has been briefed at the Foundation’s annual International Air Safety Summit, its Business Aviation Safety Summit and the Singapore Air Safety Seminar, among other venues.
The final report on the Foundation’s Go-Around Decision-Making and Execution Project has been completed and is available for Foundation members to read and download.