The perfect coincidence.
My job as an airline pilot involves a lot of routine task. Everything we do is based on a procedure, rule or guideline. Every now and then while flying around the globe I get to encounter something special or something new.
Last week I have been approaching @flylaxairport after an uneventful flight. We were nicely stabilized on the final approach track and zooming in on runway 25L. Ahead of us landed an Airbus 319 and as we are getting closer and closer to the runway its still there, occupying it. The air traffic controller instructs the airplane to expedite and vacate the runway as we are closing in to land. I have been flying manually since a few minutes fully concentrated on the landing up ahead.
We are crossing over Sepulveda Boulevard now only thirty meters above the ground when we were instructed to go around. Something I haven’t done on the B777 but practiced countless time in the simulator. Immediately routine kicks in, I push the TOGA buttons to make the giant GE 90-115B engines increase thrust and start to make our 240t jet climb again. We retract the gear, retract the flaps and position the aircraft for another approach a couple of minutes later.
The second attempt is successful and we swiftly taxi to the gate and let our passengers dissembark. Its only now when I realize that a fellow aviation photographer has been circling in a helicopter above us. Something like a go around happens very rare and it’s a big coincidence to have somebody taking air-to-air photos at this very moment. Thank you @bastianding_dd for sharing the pictures with me and letting me show them to my followers.
Flying a go around can have many reasons. It might look spectacular but is a routine maneuver for an airline pilot. Everyone trains it several times a year in the simulator. Make sure to check my story for more insights.