We use on the standard RT (radio telephony) Go Around. But what's the difference between Go Around and Pull Up?

  • $\begingroup$ RT = radio telephony (communication between ATCos and Pilots) $\endgroup$ – eduardoguilherme Sep 21 '17 at 10:47

Going around is a process, pulling up is an action. When ATC tells you to go around or you say you are going around it means you are initiating a set of actions to abort an approach. Pulling up is a single action, i.e. increasing the angle of attack in order to climb, and would be part of a go-around procedure.

Pull up is a non-standard phrase, in most parts of the world at least, but you might hear it as 'pull up and go around' in Canada. It also might be used in urgent situations to urge a pilot to act to avoid an obstacle or collision.

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    $\begingroup$ You might also hear "pull up" from Bitching Betty. $\endgroup$ – Devil07 Sep 21 '17 at 13:37
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    $\begingroup$ This is true @Devil07, but it's not used in RT typically. $\endgroup$ – GdD Sep 21 '17 at 14:21
  • $\begingroup$ @Devil07 But...not until after you've already ignored her warnings about your sink rate. $\endgroup$ – J... Sep 21 '17 at 15:46
  • $\begingroup$ I may be overemphasizing an implicit part of your answer, but isn't "pull up and go around" misleading since the first thing a pilot does during go around is advance the throttle fully and gain speed before gaining altitude? To me "pull up" sounds like you're try to gain altitude immediately, which in some cases is a fatal mistake. $\endgroup$ – Cody P Sep 22 '17 at 23:38
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    $\begingroup$ @J..., not necessarily. “Sink rate” is only issued during approach, but “pull up” anytime you are getting dangerously close to the ground. So if you are flying level and there is rising ground ahead, you will hear just “terrain, terrain” and then shortly “terrain, pull up”. $\endgroup$ – Jan Hudec Sep 24 '17 at 11:36

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