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Where's the A318 on the runway that caused a 747 to go around?

Look for the blinking light in the center of the runway That's the strobe lights of the A319. It's all you can see of it in the video. I had to step frame by frame through the video to capture a ...
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Do pilots need a clearance to go around?

No, and this applies to any pilot, not just an airliner pilot. After the pilot has been cleared to land (or even if you're landing at your own discretion at an untowered airport), he can decide to go ...
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Can a passenger force a Go Around?

Not likely. Pilots wear headphones, so we cannot hear the idle prattle of the pax in the hold. In any case, we don't take orders from passengers. Think about that for a second: would you like it if ...
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Is an aborted landing considered an incident for the FAA?

It depends. There are two general situations. One where the other aircraft was supposed to be on the runway and one where it was not. In order to increase traffic density and keep the system ...
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Where's the A318 on the runway that caused a 747 to go around?

The pilot already knows about the conflicting aircraft before it is visible. Your question pre-supposes that the pilot flying can see the aircraft on the runway, but that may not actually be the case. ...
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Do pilots need a clearance to go around?

The pilot of an aircraft is responsible for the safety of the flight. If he wants to go around or cancel takeoff, he can and will just do so. The purpose of ATC is to provide a service to help the ...
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Why retract flaps at go-around?

For the same reason that you don't takeoff with full flaps. Because the climb performance sucks. Flaps do add lift, but also a lot of drag. A low flap setting often provides more lift than drag, ...
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Where's the A318 on the runway that caused a 747 to go around?

Around 0:50 you can (barely) see the white strobes flashing on both sides of the centerline about 1/2 way down the runway. But video like this, at night, isn't going to have much of anything visible ...
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Why do Belugas keep executing a go-around?

I wasn't on the flight deck, nor do I have inside information, so this answer is an educated guess. I assume this is flight-training for new Beluga crews and/or license re-validation which is included ...
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What is the difference between a go-around and a missed approach?

Approach, missed approach, departure & holding Approach, missed approach, departure and holding are published instrument procedures. They are characterised by waypoints, alitudes, headings, climb-,...
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Do pilots need a clearance to go around?

If a pilot decides to go-around for any reason, he can intiate a missed approach without making any radio call. There is a good reason for this. The decision will usually be made late in the approach,...
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Can a passenger force a Go Around?

Unless he’s shouting “cow on the runway”, I don’t even hear my copilot on finals as he mutters “too fast/slow”, “too high/low”, “left a bit”, etc., but I hear fine as we taxi and he says “Coffee’s on ...
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Can a passenger force a Go Around?

No, but the passenger is likely to be arrested for causing such a disruption and face serious charges. The authorities don't react kindly to that kind of crap in a post 9/11 world.
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Is it possible to go-around at Lukla Airport?

Hi guys few days ago a twin otter did make an aborted landing and made a "go around" at the airport and headed back to Kathmandu. This is the first time such an incident happened although there has ...
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Could an airliner abort a landing after using the brakes system while landing?

Immediately after touchdown, the autobrakes will start to function, and may start applying the brakes depending on the aircraft's deceleration and the commanded deceleration. If the pilot hasn't yet ...
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Do pilots know which heading to fly in case of a go around?

Yes. Every instrument approach procedure has a specified missed approach segment. The missed approach will be described in terms of route to fly (heading), altitude, speed and crossing restrictions, ...
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When (if ever) can ATC order an aircraft to go around?

In real world practice, ATC will have a specific direction for traffic to land and takeoff based on their specific criteria. Regardless of which direction ATC chooses to make the traffic flow, the PIC ...
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Do pilots need a clearance to go around?

A pilot does not need to get clearance for a go-around. Seconds can make the difference between safety and disaster, once a pilot recognizes a situation where a go-around is required they are expected ...
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What navigation actions does a pilot take when simply told to "go around"?

Anytime an IFR aircraft, on an IFR approach, does a go-around, there is a published missed approach that must be followed. (In some jurisdictions an IFR aircraft can be given a Visual Approach ...
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What navigation actions does a pilot take when simply told to "go around"?

Depending on which country you're flying in, the specific approach may or may not have a defined missed approach procedure. If the plane is flying a visual approach, then you're most likely not going ...
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Why retract flaps at go-around?

You correctly point out some of the challenges surrounding the procedure of retracting flaps upon go-around. Go arounds can be a stressful situation, flaps do give additional lift and margin against a ...
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Why is the missed approach point sometimes beyond the threshold or runway like in the example below?

The missed approach point (MAP) needs to be identified somehow by the pilot flying this approach. The example you show is a VOR approach that requires neither RNAV/RNP capability nor DME. That is also ...
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When (if ever) can ATC order an aircraft to go around?

Generally speaking, ATC must instruct an aircraft to go around whenever the controller has reason to believe the landing cannot be performed safely. In most cases, an ATC-initiated go around is caused ...
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Could an airliner abort a landing after using the brakes system while landing?

Disclaimer: I'm not an airline pilot so don't just take my word and apply it in a real world environment From my understanding: TOGA means takeoff/go around and is usually a thrust setting of the ...
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Can a passenger force a Go Around?

The chosen answer is correct so far, no doubt. But in my eyes, it lacks some generality and an important point: While it is certainly true for a 737 that a pilot won't hear you and therefore take no ...
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Is an aborted landing considered an incident for the FAA?

No, from your description this occurrence is probably not considered an incident, and probably would not require reporting to the FAA or NTSB. A go-around, or aborted landing, is not inherently an ...
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Why is the flight director at 9 degrees nose high when hitting TOGA?

curious to know if other jets set their pitch attitude to a different value. 747-100/200 aircraft didn't have a TOGA button to press, but at the two 747 carriers I flew for in the 1990s, the flight ...
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Questions about go around safety

At a controlled airport, the tower will route you or other aircraft as needed for seperation. If IFR, you will have a clearance to follow if you have to go around, either from ATC for that area, or as ...
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Why does the 737 auto-land trim up at around 400 feet RA?

My educated guess is that they had to find a way to give the autopilot more pitch authority for Autoland. It's possible that the pitch feel system force the AP servo has to work against to flare the ...
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