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How To Fly A Stop-And-Go Landing

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Whether you're a new student or an experienced pilot, here are tips you can use for flying your next stop-and-go landing...

Little Guidance From The FAA Books

You won't find guidance on stop-and-go landings from the FAA in either the Airplane Flying Handbook or the Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge. One of the only acknowledgments is given by the AIM, with the short quote, "a stop-and-go landing is a procedure where an aircraft will land, make a complete stop on the runway, and then commence a takeoff from that point." In a separate safety document, the FAA says "do this only with adequate runway length and after coordination with Air Traffic Control and/or other pilots at non-towered airports."

So how should you fly it?

Flying The Stop-And-Go

Stop-and-go landings are pretty straightforward. You'll fly a normal approach to landing, stop on the runway instead of exiting, reconfigure for takeoff, and initiate the takeoff roll.

Obviously, the most important part of the maneuver is ensuring you have enough room to complete your landing and subsequent takeoff. After all, you don't want to turn the maneuver into a soft-field takeoff as you roll into the grass off the departure end of the runway.

But after you've run your performance calculations and you're comfortable with the amount of room you have on the runway, it's time to consider the next most important part of the maneuver: communication.

Especially if you're flying at a non-towered airport, you need to let other pilots know if you're flying a stop-and-go as early as you can. Airplanes around you need to time their pattern work and sequence themselves to the runway according to the type of landing you fly.

Take Your Time, But Not Too Much

While you should be expeditious on the runway, don't rush yourself as you reconfigure. That being said, don't spend so much time on the runway that you turn your landing into a "camp-and-go".

If you experience a problem as you're sitting on the runway or if you need more time, let other airplanes or ATC know right away. And as always, if you're not ready for your next takeoff, exit the runway, taxi back, and prepare for a full-length takeoff.

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Perfect For Short Field Practice, Necessary For Night Currency

Stop-and-go landings are perfect for short field landings and takeoffs. Unlike a touch-and-go, where you never come to a complete stop, a stop-and-go will allow you to accomplish the full maneuver.

How you manage the controls and braking through a stop is one of the most important parts of short field practice, and we have more on that part of the maneuver here.

If you're getting night current, you need to come to a full stop for each landing, so this is another great opportunity to use your stop-and-go skills.

So, What Can Go Wrong?

Stop-and-go's are slower-paced than touch-and-go's, so there typically aren't as many re-configuration or loss of control incidents. However, stop-and-go's do cause go-arounds all the time. Here's what can go wrong, as detailed in this NASA ASRS report...

I was watching my student pilot solo for the second time in an uncontrolled pattern. At first, he was the only one flying until another airplane entered the pattern for landing practice too. Listening to the radio, this pilot announced landing as "the option" for Runway XX. My solo student did a great job extending his downwind to allow the other pilot room for landing. As it turns out, this new aircraft stopped on the runway and took a long time during a stop-and-go landing.

As my student was on short final, and the preceding airplane hadn't started the takeoff roll, so my student announced "go-around" and started his climb. At the same time, the pilot on the runway initiated his takeoff roll. I'm not sure if this pilot was totally unaware of his surroundings with another airplane going around overhead. From my vantage point, it was hard to tell if my student offset the go-around to the side of the runway. The other pilot lifted off below my student, climbing towards his flight path. Fortunately, the climb was slow, or else this could've resulted in a very bad midair collision.

In cases like this, going around with an offset to the right of the runway is critical.

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When's The Last Time You Practiced One?

Do you have anything more to add about stop-and-go landings? Leave us a comment below!

Take The Next Step...

Do you have a perfect takeoff and landing every time? Neither do we. That's why we built our Mastering Takeoffs and Landings online course.

You'll learn strategies, tactics and fundamental principles that you can use on your next flight, and just about any takeoff or landing scenario you could imagine. Even better, the course is full of tools you can come back to throughout your flying career.


Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and an Embraer 145 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), and is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines. He's the author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at swayne@boldmethod.com, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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