posted on Sep, 16 2007 @ 06:37 PM
Well here's my opinion on what can go wrong on a go-around. I've sure had my share and they weren't all textbook I can tell you that.
You are down there trying to get the airplane on the ground, the wind is jostling you around, changing direction, changing speed, with severe gusts,
its difficult to see with the rain on the windshield, the windshield wipers are banging away CLACK CLACK CLACK CLACK CLACK CLACK, or the max airflow
used to clear the rain off of the windows sounds like a tornado raging through the cockpit. There was a nifty little device when the 707 came out many
years ago called the Boeing Rainbow systrem. You would push a button and squirt some stuff on the windshield and it would become totally clear. It
became illegal to use it in the late 70's for some health reason. But anyway you can't seem to get the airplane on the ground so its time to GO.
ROTATE UP 15 to 20 DEGREES, MAX POWER, FLAPS TAKEOFF and this should get you up, up and away but here is what happens, or actually the things that go
Forget to add fullmax power. (I've done it.)
Forget to pull up steep enough. (I've done it)
Forget the flaps. (airplane will then not accelerate fast enough)(I've done it.)
Get disoriented transitioning from looking outside to land to back on instruments (now you are instantly back in the clouds and you have to instantly
transition back to the instruments which is difficult to do because your instruments might not be telling you what you expect to see.)
What happens if you mess this one up is very shortly you come out of the clouds in a steep bank and you can't recover in time. One wing hits the
ground and comes off and then its a real handful to fly.
I flew for 40 years and I'm glad its over. It was fun for most of that time but then I got old and not as sharp as I used to be.
Now I just rather sit here and second guess some poor guy whose out there trying to stay alive.