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The overshoot procedure

Sometimes an overshoot is necessary. When an approach is not going well, or there is an unexpected obstacle on the runway, an overshoot should be considered. Often the pilot doesn’t have much time to make this decision so the procedure to overshoot should be practiced diligently, so the response is swift and automatic.

An overshoot may be necessary for many reasons. For example, if wake turbulence is suspected, crosswinds or tailwinds are too great, when there is an obstacle on the runway, or if the pilot feels they won’t have enough runway to land. 

An unplanned “obstacle” can be the presence of wildlife, for example. This has happened to me several times at CYBW. Once, on approach, a coyote was standing right in my intended touchdown spot. Without hesitation, we added power, carb cold and took off. 

In the Cessna 172:

Zero Flaps:

1) Full Power,

2) Carb Heat Cold.

Full flaps:

1) Full Power,

2) Carb Heat Cold,

3) Flaps 20 degrees – immediately.