The proper go-around procedure

June, 30, 2020 by

In Infinite Flight the minimum seperation between departing and arriving aircraft is as follows:

  • Departure/Departure: The first aircraft must be airborne before the second aircraft commences the take-off roll
  • Arrival/Arrival: The first aircraft must have vacated the runway before the second aircraft crosses the runway threshold.
  • Departure/Arrival: The first aircraft must be airborne before the second aircraft crosses the runway threshold.

As a controller it is one of your top priorities to make sure these seperation conditions are met, but sometimes due to varying factors the conditions cannot be met and you have to issue a go-around. You need to be proactive and not reactive. Anticipate and act accordingly.

Remember, the seperation rules apply to two aircraft landing and departing on intersecting runways just the same as if they are landing and departing on one runway. If an aircraft isn’t clear of the runway intersection that runway is not clear and a go around must be issued as needed.

If there is an aircraft cleared for takeoff and at a safe speed or stationary a cancel takeoff clearance must be sent. More about the proper procedure for canceling takeoff clearance here.

When you send someone around you give them a traffic direction with it. Because you told them to make left/right traffic there is no need to issue a pattern entry as the traffic direction took it’s place. Only sequence and clear as appropriate. When you give your traffic direction always try to give a direction to the outside, or the direction that will interfere the least with the departure paths on other runways. For example, with runway 27L send left traffic and for runway 27R send right traffic. That way you eliminate possible conflicts with departures on another runway. If you are controlling an airfield with a single runway and approach is active, ask your approach controller which traffic direction you should send to possible go arounds as approach may have a specific plan on how to encorporate go-arounds back into the line.

If you sent an aircraft around wait until he is stable and no longer in this critical phase of flight before sending him back to the approach controller or resequencing him for his second attempt.

The official Infinite Flight Go-Around Tutorial for pilot procedures can be found here.

References: 3.1 of the ATC Manual

Juan Oosthuizen is a contributor for the IFATC Education Group. He is an IFATC Supervisor and real-world PPL student pilot.