VFR Go- Around

Stinger

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I sure agree with that. Sending around a faster aircraft on final because a slower one is accelerating on the runway guarantees that, if there is a collision, it will be in the air and not on the ground. I have been the lead aircraft in a few of those deadly set-ups. Thank God for alert controllers - they turn the following aircraft. They probably have no choice on the go-around instruction, even though it is not optimum for safety.
We always have options. It might be safer to let the traffic land even though we don't have all the runway separation that's required. A go-around might not be the best move if there's already traffic on both the left and right downwinds.
Rule number 1 in the rulebook is to use best judgment.
 

Stinger

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I was going to comment the same thing....ATC won't issue go-around for what we might think is an unstable approach, then I thought about mechanical issues....and realized I'd give one for landing gear that's not all the way down. Or with large animals that I see on the runway, like cows or an alligator.
 

bob44zw

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But it is not always the controller's fault. We routinely have faster aircraft closing what starts out to be adequate separation. Sometimes the lead aircraft gets to go around, even though it is the following aircraft's fault.

What I hate is when I know the guy behind me is moving at three times my speed, and he goes around because I am just lifting off and separation is lost. Then I know I am in trouble, and often I just level off a couple hundred feet above the runway and watch my six.
 

MJ0730

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I was going to comment the same thing....ATC won't issue go-around for what we might think is an unstable approach, then I thought about mechanical issues....and realized I'd give one for landing gear that's not all the way down. Or with large animals that I see on the runway, like cows or an alligator.
in your examples cow-to-nose gear sep will be lost, or fuselage to pavement sep will be lost. i stand by my statement :)