Good evening everyone!
I spent a while this evening, sat on the ground at KSAN - planning my flight to KLAX on my newly built spreadsheet model.
As you can see, I have a database of altitudes and heading instructions for if a go around is required, in the red box. I didn’t think I’d need this, but I had it just in case.
Estimated flight time, 25 mins. Light winds. Good flying conditions.
I pushback, taxi and takeoff.
I decided I’d follow the ILS approach to 25R, as other traffic was using it. I downloaded the ILS chart and used the waypoints and altitudes to make sure that I approached correctly.
I was at 10,000ft (as on the chart), but I had a controller desperate to get me to the lowest altitude possible. Not a problem, I knew that they were obviously inexperienced, and I did my best to comply.
I established on the localiser and was on final.
I got to minimums and had no clearance. Go around.
Contacted SoCal Departure and then SoCal Approach and they were both very helpful.
Back on final, but the tower controller signed off and some traffic decided to enter the runway. Go around again.
Contacted approach, and got lined up again. A new tower controller came online.
On final for the third time and I didn’t get clearance by minimums. Go around for a third time.
Approach didn’t really want to deal with me now, so I stayed on the KLAX Tower frequency and did a circuit of sorts.
4th approach. Fingers crossed. Minimums… no clearance - go around.
5th approach. Arriving traffic approached me from behind, and continued their final approach. No tower intervention. Go around.
6th approach. Thought I’d request 25L instead as it looked less busy, and I was cleared to land!
There’s my track. Wow. 😂
Let me know if you saw me during my 45 mins of go arounds!
First Officer Tom (flying American 803)