Let me start out by saying that I do many long haul flights by taking off, getting to cruising altitude, and then going to sleep. I did the same thing last night when I flew the 10 1/2 hr flight from Miami to Honolulu. When I woke up, I was 500nm out of Honolulu. Granted, it was like 7am, so I decided to rest a bit longer. When I wake up again, I was 200nm out. I started my descent a little later. I had planned to land on 26R at Honolulu, but there was a problem. There were mountains in the way. No big deal, I thought. I went around and tried for 8L, which was on the opposite end. At that point, I’d unplugged my phone and went downstairs to make breakfast. As I as turning final for 8L, when a Controller came on and said, “Nope, you may be on a 10 mike final, but go around.” It was a little bit annoying, but I went around for a second time, entering a patter for Runway 4L. Remember how I said that I’d unplugged my phone? I forgot how quickly IF can drain the battery when not plugged in. Can you guess what happens next?
So yeah, it was kinda frustrating to have your phone die when you’re on a 15 mile final after a 10 1/2 your journey, but I only have myself to blame, lol.
Lesson learned? Don’t make a stupid mistake, I guess. :/