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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : gbr|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 5500|
msl bound upper : 6000
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : alb|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||climbout : intermediate altitude|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 50|
flight time total : 2300
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : approach|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||inflight encounter : vfr in imc|
inflight encounter : weather
non adherence : clearance
non adherence : far
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||controller : issued new clearance|
none taken : anomaly accepted
|Consequence||faa : reviewed incident with flight crew|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
I had filed an IFR flight plan with bgr FSS earlier (gbr direct btv). Plan was to takeoff VFR, pick up IFR clearance from alb approach en route. I took off from gbr VFR at 3000'. I called acb approach control for clearance. They were slow getting back to me (as usual). In the distance I could see ahead snow shower. Acb called back, 'maintain VFR, squawk 5506. I rogered. I was climbing toward requested altitude of 7000'. At about 5500' I became IFR. In the next communication with acb approach controller still said maintain VFR. I advised I was IFR. He became irate and yelled and lectured. I advised that it was difficult at night to always stay VFR. Now at 6000' I asked for IFR clearance again. Finally got it. Approach controller advised me to call supervisor upon landing btv. This I did whereupon supervisor advised that it sounded like I had violated an far. My decision to proceed IFR at the time was in part confusion--thinking I had been cleared (was IFR when I had not been). Also, I was over hilly, formidable terrain and did not want to descend.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: GA SMA VFR IN IMC.
Narrative: I HAD FILED AN IFR FLT PLAN WITH BGR FSS EARLIER (GBR DIRECT BTV). PLAN WAS TO TKOF VFR, PICK UP IFR CLRNC FROM ALB APCH ENRTE. I TOOK OFF FROM GBR VFR AT 3000'. I CALLED ACB APCH CTL FOR CLRNC. THEY WERE SLOW GETTING BACK TO ME (AS USUAL). IN THE DISTANCE I COULD SEE AHEAD SNOW SHOWER. ACB CALLED BACK, 'MAINTAIN VFR, SQUAWK 5506. I ROGERED. I WAS CLBING TOWARD REQUESTED ALT OF 7000'. AT ABOUT 5500' I BECAME IFR. IN THE NEXT COM WITH ACB APCH CTLR STILL SAID MAINTAIN VFR. I ADVISED I WAS IFR. HE BECAME IRATE AND YELLED AND LECTURED. I ADVISED THAT IT WAS DIFFICULT AT NIGHT TO ALWAYS STAY VFR. NOW AT 6000' I ASKED FOR IFR CLRNC AGAIN. FINALLY GOT IT. APCH CTLR ADVISED ME TO CALL SUPVR UPON LNDG BTV. THIS I DID WHEREUPON SUPVR ADVISED THAT IT SOUNDED LIKE I HAD VIOLATED AN FAR. MY DECISION TO PROCEED IFR AT THE TIME WAS IN PART CONFUSION--THINKING I HAD BEEN CLRED (WAS IFR WHEN I HAD NOT BEEN). ALSO, I WAS OVER HILLY, FORMIDABLE TERRAIN AND DID NOT WANT TO DSND.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of August 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.