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Answers from designated pilot examiners

Q: If you know you are going to botch a short field or power-off, 180-degree landing, should you go around? Would that decision fail you?
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A: Yes, you should go around. But if that will result in a failure depends. It is always a best practice to go around if you are going to make a bad landing. Never force the aircraft down just to hit a point or get the landing done. This can result in damage or worse. When you make the decision to go around on a short field landing and then come around and do a good landing it will most times result in passing that maneuver. On a power-off 180-degree landing, a go-around has been interpreted by the FAA to be only allowable without failure when the conditions or need for the go-around were out of the applicant’s control. For example: an abnormal wind gust, ATC calling for a go-around, or perhaps an aircraft pulling out in front of you. The FAA views the power-off 180 as a no/go-around emergency procedure demonstration to a performance maneuver standard. It really is a one and done maneuver on a commercial practical test.

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Industry offers scholarships

A sampling of organizations offering help for training

By David Tulis

EAA, Sporty’s Flight Crew, Women in Aviation International (WAI), and the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) are among the industry leaders continuing their commitment to grow the aerospace and aviation community through scholarships.

The Experimental Aircraft Association has awarded 276 scholarships totaling $3.4 million to flight school students since the program began in 2019. Each scholarship is valued at $10,000 and is dispersed through EAA’s Ray Aviation Scholarship fund. The Lightspeed Aviation Foundation awards a Lightspeed Zulu 3 headset to scholarship recipients who have completed specific flight training milestones.

In August, commercial pilot Isaac Love-Jackson of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, was awarded a $2,500 Sporty’s Flight Crew Scholarship. Love-Jackson is pursuing a professional pilot career, and he intends to use part of the scholarship to pay for his flight instructor certificate.

OBAP offers a $20,000 aircraft maintenance scholarship available to a member pursuing an A&P certificate. Training will occur at Epic Flight Academy in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. OBAP has awarded $5.8 million in scholarships to 470 recipients since 1976.

The deadline for 101 WAI annual fall scholarships totaling $487,005 was October 12. The group has awarded more than $14.5 million since 1995.

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Alyssa J. Miller
Alicia Herron
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Publications Content Producer Alicia Herron joined AOPA in 2018. She is a multiengine-rated commercial pilot with advanced ground and instrument flight instructor certificates. She is based in Los Angeles and enjoys tailwheel flying best.

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