When do you go around?

Recently, I got myself into a situation (luckily Solo, not Live) where I floated above the runway for too long and had to go around. However, looking back at it, I don’t think it would have been needed. So my question is: if you keep floating above the runway and just can’t get on the ground soon enough, when to go around? For example, take this A321 at KOSH clearly not going to land at runway 18, but let’s say we are on a final approach and about to land. Where would we have to go around to get a safe landing? I was thinking if we don’t land between point A and point B, I’d do a go around, but is this too early or late?
No passengers were harmed during this flight. Only one had to throw up.
Be sure to click the picture to see the full runway.


Here’s a little trick, do you ever see the lights at the end of the runway? And the 2 or 4 on the sides?

B would be far to late for me.

It depends on Aeroplane, weight, weather etc.

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B is way to far for me.

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No wind, A321, medium weight, 145 knots

If I haven’t touched down by B then I will go around because their isn’t enough runway (If you wanted to do a realistic stop, and not slam the breaks :D)

Did you all see the whole picture?

I’d on gone around just before B.

Do you use the PAPI and TDZ lights? @dasabel100

Once you’ve overflown the runway touchdown zone.

I do use them, but still ended up floating cause I wanted to get a perfect landing.

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Even shortly after ?

Then I’d say of the PAPIs are all white or the glide slope indicator in the HUD has the arrow blinking low, go around

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Except for the fact that you should ignore PAPI when close to the runway because it becomes over-sensitive.


It depends the aircraft, the pilot, the carrier policy and a few other factors. If the margin is huge, I wouldn’t go around. For example, I was flying a Cessna 150 at LFOB last week. I touched down way past the touchdown zone and still stopped safely (flaps 20, 60 knots though).
Another example, a few weeks back, I landed at LF7262 (Commerveil Airfield). With a 290 meter LDA, the grass runway requires us to land right at the threshold and to apply a rather strong braking action. With such a small margin, you can’t take the risk to float, a firm landing followed by a a strong braking is the safest solution. If I remember good, it was a flap 40 approach, and I retracted the flaps after landing to provide a more efficient braking.

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B because that’s when u know u won’t be able to stop

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