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|Locale Reference||airport : pwt|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 1500|
msl bound upper : 1500
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : sea|
|Operator||general aviation : corporate|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||climbout : intermediate altitude|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : handoff position|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||inflight encounter : vfr in imc|
non adherence : far
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
Upon arrival at pwt WX was given by sea departure as 800' scattered 1500' broken. Arrival time at pwt was xa local time. When departing pwt at sb the WX was better than our arrival, hence I departed VFR. Contacted sea departure on 120.4 and was informed that I had departed when the airport was IFR (500' scattered, 800' broken with a hither overcast visibility 10 mi). AWOS was reporting the ceiling as missing. I believe that this situation could have been avoided if the WX observer would report special observation when WX criteria changes significantly, especially at uncontrolled airports with instrument approachs, hence a control zone. Based on AWOS and my own observations, I fully believe that the reported WX was grossly in error due to no special WX observation having been reported.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: ACFT POSSIBLY DEPARTED VFR IN IMC, ALTHOUGH THIS IS DISPUTED.
Narrative: UPON ARR AT PWT WX WAS GIVEN BY SEA DEP AS 800' SCATTERED 1500' BROKEN. ARR TIME AT PWT WAS XA LCL TIME. WHEN DEPARTING PWT AT SB THE WX WAS BETTER THAN OUR ARR, HENCE I DEPARTED VFR. CONTACTED SEA DEP ON 120.4 AND WAS INFORMED THAT I HAD DEPARTED WHEN THE ARPT WAS IFR (500' SCATTERED, 800' BROKEN WITH A HITHER OVCST VISIBILITY 10 MI). AWOS WAS RPTING THE CEILING AS MISSING. I BELIEVE THAT THIS SITUATION COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED IF THE WX OBSERVER WOULD RPT SPECIAL OBSERVATION WHEN WX CRITERIA CHANGES SIGNIFICANTLY, ESPECIALLY AT UNCONTROLLED ARPTS WITH INSTRUMENT APCHS, HENCE A CTL ZONE. BASED ON AWOS AND MY OWN OBSERVATIONS, I FULLY BELIEVE THAT THE RPTED WX WAS GROSSLY IN ERROR DUE TO NO SPECIAL WX OBSERVATION HAVING BEEN RPTED.
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.