Rejected Landings and Go-Arounds
Lesson Plan


  • To determine that the applicant exhibits satisfactory knowledge, risk management, and skills associated with a forward-slip to a landing
  • References: FAA-S-ACS-6, FAA-H-8083-2, FAA-H-8083-3; POH/AFM; AIM


  • Research a mishap case study:
  • Discuss how the initial conditions developed into an incident/accident/mishap
  • Relate similar personal experience of the same type of incident/accident/mishap


  • A slip is a cross-control procedure where you are using "wing-low, top-rudder" to track the aircraft straight for altitude loss (forward-slip) or crosswind compensation (side-slip)
    • In doing this, you will need to lower the nose as the increase in drag without an increase in thrust will cause a rapid loss of airspeed, risking a stall
    • Simply stated, the higher the angle of bank, the lower the nose must be


Rejected Landings and Go-Arounds:
Review (quiz):
Case Studies:
Total Ground Time:

Required Materials:

  • Paper, Pen, Marker, Whiteboard

Instructor Actions:

Student Actions:

  • Complete assigned reading (see content above)
  • Ask pertinent questions

Completion Standards:

  • Rejected Landings and Go-Arounds Airman Certification Standards:

    • To determine that the applicant exhibits satisfactory knowledge, risk management, and skills associated with a go-around/rejected landing with emphasis on factors that contribute to landing conditions that may require a go-around
    • References: FAA-H-8083-3, FAA-H-8083-23; POH/AFM; AIM

    Go-Around/Rejected Landing Knowledge:

    The applicant must demonstrate an understanding of:
    • PA.IV.N.K1:
      A stabilized approach, to include energy management concepts
    • PA.IV.N.K2:
      Effects of atmospheric conditions, including wind and density altitude on a go-around or rejected landing
    • PA.IV.N.K3:
      Wind correction techniques on takeoff/departure and approach/landing

    Go-Around/Rejected Landing Risk Management:

    The applicant demonstrates the ability to identify, assess, and mitigate risks, encompassing:
    • PA.IV.N.R1:
      Delayed recognition of the need for a go-around/rejected landing
    • PA.IV.N.R2:
      Delayed performance of a go-around at low altitude
    • PA.IV.N.R3:
      Improper application of power
    • PA.IV.N.R4:
      Improper airplane configuration
    • PA.IV.N.R5:
      Collision hazards, to include aircraft, terrain, obstacles, wires, vehicles, vessels, persons, and wildlife
    • PA.IV.N.R6:
      Low altitude maneuvering including stall, spin, or CFIT
    • PA.IV.N.R7:
      Distractions, loss of situational awareness, or improper task management

    Go-Around/Rejected Landing Skills:

    The applicant demonstrates the ability to:
    • PA.IV.N.S1:
      Complete the appropriate checklist
    • PA.IV.N.S2:
      Make radio calls as appropriate
    • PA.IV.N.S3:

      Make a timely decision to discontinue the approach to landing
    • PA.IV.N.S4:

      Apply takeoff power immediately and transition to climb pitch attitude for Vx or Vy as appropriate +10/-5 knots
    • PA.IV.N.S5:

      Configure the airplane after a positive rate of climb has been verified or in accordance with airplane manufacturer’s instructions
    • PA.IV.N.S6:

      Maneuver to the side of the runway/landing area when necessary to clear and avoid conflicting traffic
    • PA.IV.N.S7:

      Maintain VY +10/-5 knots to a safe maneuvering altitude
    • PA.IV.N.S8:

      Maintain directional control and proper wind-drift correction throughout the climb



  • Advise students that this lesson will be used as a starting point for the next lesson
  • Assign study materials for the next lesson