Maybe I have a twisted idea of fun, though I was quite excited to have my second ever go around today on my Aer Lingus flight from Dublin to Boston.
In my over two million flown miles I’ve only had one go around before this, which was last year on a Sri Lankan redeye from Mumbai to Colombo. Admittedly that one was a bit more exciting — there was limited visibility, it was the middle of the night, and we were flying over the jungles of Sri Lanka.
This one was a bit more fun since it was on an Aer Lingus Airbus 330 (heavy jet) on approach into Boston Logan this afternoon with beautiful weather.
On final approach there were great views of the harbor, and we approached normally until we were over the runway threshold, maybe 100 feet off the ground.
At that point the engines spooled up and we started climbing, with some pretty awesome views of the airport.
About five minutes later, as we leveled off at a few thousand feet, the captain advised us we were coming in a bit fast and he decided to execute a go around as a safety precaution, and that we should be landing in a few minutes.
Sure enough about 15 minutes after our initial approach we were back on the same approach course, this time touching down smoothly.
It’s always nice to be reminded of how powerful the engines of an Airbus 330 can be! And I’m certainly always thankful when the pilots make the decision to err on the side of caution.