Excluding the producers of the old radio series, Rejection Slip Theater,* normal people hate rejection. Pilots, though, should embrace it when it's time to reject a sloppy approach and go around. Imagine you're on short final in a single-engine airplane and decide to go around: What should be your first priority? Note: You've been cleared to land by an air traffic control tower.

* For an explanation, see this 1994 NBC's Today Show story about Rejection Slip Theater:


Notify tower of your intentions.


Retract flaps (or at least the first 10 degrees).


Add power.


Retract gear if extended.

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