- May 24, 2009
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.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.
Rule number 1 in the rulebook is to use best judgment.