I get to do, on average, one every six months. Matter of fact, I’m about due for my next one, statistically. I pretty much never do one.Yet I hear a number of pilots talk about go arounds as something akin to an emergency procedure of some kind.
Toss in a light airplane, the use of full go around thrust on the 321, a low level off altitude (thanks, Tampa) and you may possibly screw up. I didn’t, but it was “100% attention” while we were doing it. It’s not that there’s anything hard, different, or extreme, but it is something that we just don’t do that much, and it is a pretty high performance maneuver. I could go poll my classmates but I’ll bet most of them actually haven’t done one yet.
Which is why Airbus has fitted newer airplanes with soft go-around. And why some shops invented a soft go-around technique (which turns out to have other problems).