Stabilized Approach and Go-around

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the GAJSC website

Chapter 8 of the FAA Pilot’s Handbook ofAeronautical Knowledge

Advisory Circular 91-79A

recent FAA FlySafe notice


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Stabilized Approaches and Landings



This outreach guidance is provided to all FAA and aviation industry groups that are participating in outreach efforts sponsored by the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC).  It is important that all outreach on a given topic is coordinated and is free of conflicts.  Therefore, all outreach products should be in alignment with the outline and concepts listed below for this topic.


Outreach Month:  July 2021


Topic: Stabilized Approaches and Landings

The FAA and industry will conduct a public education campaign emphasizing the need for training and currency of stabilized approaches. 



A stabilized approach is a key feature to a safe approach and landing. Operators are encouraged by the FAA and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to use the stabilized approach concept to help eliminate CFIT. The stabilized approach concept is characterized by maintaining a stable approach speed, descent rate, vertical flightpath, and configuration to the landing touchdown point. Depart the FAF configured for landing and on the proper approach speed, power setting, and flightpath before descending below the minimum stabilized approach height; e.g., 1,000 feet above the airport elevation and at a rate of descent no greater than 1,000 feet per minute (fpm), unless specifically briefed. (Refer to AC120-71.)


Teaching Points:

  • Pilots of all certificate levels are prone to destabilized approach and landing accidents.
  • Most General Aviation approach and landing accidents occur during the day and half occur in VMC.
  • Pilots must accurately assess the risk associated with each flight and plan accordingly.  They must also continuously reassess risk en route and commit to alternate plans before they are in a state of emergency.