How to Execute a Go Around in a Cessna 172

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Safety in flight sometime requires you to execute a go-around while on final approach to landing. Several reasons may exist that would necessitate a go-around: Runway incursion, overshooting the touchdown point, or if the tower instructs you to do so.


  1. Know that when you find it necessary to go around or if the tower instructs you to go around, immediately apply full power, move carb heat to cold and climb as you would just after takeoff.
  2. If your flaps are fully extended, you will need to PUSH hard on the yoke to keep the nose from rising too quickly as you retract the first 10 degrees immediately and then in 10-degree increments when you have a positive rate of climb. Do NOT retract your flaps all at once. You will sink and crash!
  3. Fly slightly off the runway center-line (offset to the right preferred to be able to see the runway) so you can see any aircraft that may be a hazard. Remain in the pattern until you are cleared to land.
  4. Follow normal landing procedures.

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