We’ve all been there. You’re 100 feet from the ground and about to land after a nice leisurely flight when, suddenly, a gust of wind nearly tips your plane over. You’re now unstable and off the centerline and there is no time to correct it. You initiate a go around. But…where to go next?
Okay, maybe this example doesn’t apply to everyone, but you get the point. Not every approach is perfect, and even when some are, you are unable to land because of traffic. For those following charts, the answer of what to do next is simple: follow the missed approach procedure. But odds are you haven’t put this into your flightplan yet, because you don’t want NAV to follow it or you want an accurate ETE to Destination or whatever the reason may be. This is where my proposal comes in.
Whether or not you follow charts, having some sort of plan after a missed approach or go-around can be vital, especially in airports with tight terrain. My idea is that somewhere, either on the APPR/NAV button as a third option or somewhere else in the NAV menu, there is an option to pre-set and subsequently follow (when necessary) a missed approach path, one that doesn’t register as your normal flightplan, but can be activated and followed separate from it. It is always a pain trying to input waypoints as I’m in the process of a go around.
I understand that with Radar ATC this may not be necessary, but Radar (or ATC at all) is not always there. This could be helpful, and could even be implemented with ATC as the integration of published procedures grows. Let me know your thoughts on this. Thanks for reading and for your input!