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    It's not the DOT on-time stats that puts pressure on airline pilots to save landings -- it's more of an internal pride thing. If you go around, it means you screwed something up, and everyone will see you do it! Actually executing a go-around sometimes feels like a kind of defeat.

    You have to swallow your pride and realize the professional thing to do is respect the "stabilized approach" criteria, and go around if you're not there.


    It was an eye-opener for me and I realized that I needed to put less emphasis on teaching students how to save every landing and instead teach them to immediately execute a go around at the moment they first started to think that perhaps a go around was needed.

    This was the approach my instructor took and I'm glad for it. I've seen a lot of pilots waiting / hoping that they can sort things out (and I agree, ego plays a big part in this) leaving them in a riskier position for their go-around if nothing else.

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