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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : oak|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 700|
msl bound upper : 700
|Flight Conditions||Special VFR|
|Operator||common carrier : air taxi|
|Make Model Name||Small Transport, Low Wing, 2 Recip Eng|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Route In Use||approach : svfr|
enroute : direct
|Affiliation||company : air taxi|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
pilot : instrument
pilot : commercial
pilot : cfi
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 80|
flight time total : 2300
flight time type : 350
|Anomaly||inflight encounter : vfr in imc|
inflight encounter : weather
non adherence : far
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified cockpit|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
This is purely a story of bad judgement. I had just been assigned a newly created run which required me to repos my aircraft from oak to sjc to pick up my cargo. I was told to show at xxam. This was the first day it had been IFR at either airport and upon engine start I was informed my flight plan did not exist. I was told to file a flight plan with FSS. I filed my flight plan and then I was told to expect a 50 min delay into sjc due to the new arsa implementing 50 mi in trail spacing--this would have made me very late and probably a nasty letter or talk with the boss, so I decided on special VFR. It was a lot lower than it looked once I got out there and I truly regretted my decision. An airplane that large and that noisy should not be special VFR.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PLT OF SMT CHOSE TO FLY SPECIAL VFR, BUT REGRETTED HIS DECISION WHEN WX WORSENED IN FLT.
Narrative: THIS IS PURELY A STORY OF BAD JUDGEMENT. I HAD JUST BEEN ASSIGNED A NEWLY CREATED RUN WHICH REQUIRED ME TO REPOS MY ACFT FROM OAK TO SJC TO PICK UP MY CARGO. I WAS TOLD TO SHOW AT XXAM. THIS WAS THE FIRST DAY IT HAD BEEN IFR AT EITHER ARPT AND UPON ENG START I WAS INFORMED MY FLT PLAN DID NOT EXIST. I WAS TOLD TO FILE A FLT PLAN WITH FSS. I FILED MY FLT PLAN AND THEN I WAS TOLD TO EXPECT A 50 MIN DELAY INTO SJC DUE TO THE NEW ARSA IMPLEMENTING 50 MI IN TRAIL SPACING--THIS WOULD HAVE MADE ME VERY LATE AND PROBABLY A NASTY LETTER OR TALK WITH THE BOSS, SO I DECIDED ON SPECIAL VFR. IT WAS A LOT LOWER THAN IT LOOKED ONCE I GOT OUT THERE AND I TRULY REGRETTED MY DECISION. AN AIRPLANE THAT LARGE AND THAT NOISY SHOULD NOT BE SPECIAL VFR.
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.