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.
A number of resources are available on the web for more information about go-arounds and the research that is being done to understand the human factors side of the decision-making process. A number of excellent articles on go-arounds and the Foundation’s project have been published in AeroSafety World and are easily searchable. Another excellent resource is SKYbrary. Its Go-Around Safety page can be found here.
The final report on the Foundation’s Go-Around Decision Making and Execution Project is due to be published late in 2016.