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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : ptk|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 2500|
msl bound upper : 3000
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : zob|
tracon : fnt
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 15|
flight time total : 625
flight time type : 371
|Function||observation : passenger|
|Anomaly||inflight encounter : weather|
inflight encounter : vfr in imc
non adherence : far
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : exited adverse environment|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
1) I was told by ptk controllers conditions were MVFR at the field 2500 broken visibility 5. 2) it was not possible to get an IFR clearance due to ZOB handling dtw. 3) I attempted to go to ptk VFR and went into clouds. 4) I then contacted flint approach (fnt) and picked up an IFR clearance to flint where a normal approach and landing were made. 5) conditions at flint were 4000 to 4500 overcast with VFR visibilities. Passing over fnt toward pontiac I realized fnt was a good 'out' in case it was not possible to get to ptk. Having been advised of the VFR, I should say, MVFR conditions at pontiac, I thought I could safely attempt going to pontiac. I seriously considered stopping at fnt during the first pass but my wife persuaded me to try for ptk. My largest error in judgement was to think I could recognize that I would go IFR and then not do so. I looked down at my charts and back up and saw I was in the clouds. I immediately started a turn to the northwest and a climb to 3000'. I also immediately contacted fnt approach for a clearance. 6) one other factor is that the conditions were not forecasted. It was supposed to be good all day. I was aware conditions were getting worse, however, they were still to be VFR.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: VFR IN IMC.
Narrative: 1) I WAS TOLD BY PTK CTLRS CONDITIONS WERE MVFR AT THE FIELD 2500 BKN VISIBILITY 5. 2) IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO GET AN IFR CLRNC DUE TO ZOB HANDLING DTW. 3) I ATTEMPTED TO GO TO PTK VFR AND WENT INTO CLOUDS. 4) I THEN CONTACTED FLINT APCH (FNT) AND PICKED UP AN IFR CLRNC TO FLINT WHERE A NORMAL APCH AND LNDG WERE MADE. 5) CONDITIONS AT FLINT WERE 4000 TO 4500 OVCST WITH VFR VISIBILITIES. PASSING OVER FNT TOWARD PONTIAC I REALIZED FNT WAS A GOOD 'OUT' IN CASE IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO GET TO PTK. HAVING BEEN ADVISED OF THE VFR, I SHOULD SAY, MVFR CONDITIONS AT PONTIAC, I THOUGHT I COULD SAFELY ATTEMPT GOING TO PONTIAC. I SERIOUSLY CONSIDERED STOPPING AT FNT DURING THE FIRST PASS BUT MY WIFE PERSUADED ME TO TRY FOR PTK. MY LARGEST ERROR IN JUDGEMENT WAS TO THINK I COULD RECOGNIZE THAT I WOULD GO IFR AND THEN NOT DO SO. I LOOKED DOWN AT MY CHARTS AND BACK UP AND SAW I WAS IN THE CLOUDS. I IMMEDIATELY STARTED A TURN TO THE NW AND A CLIMB TO 3000'. I ALSO IMMEDIATELY CONTACTED FNT APCH FOR A CLRNC. 6) ONE OTHER FACTOR IS THAT THE CONDITIONS WERE NOT FORECASTED. IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE GOOD ALL DAY. I WAS AWARE CONDITIONS WERE GETTING WORSE, HOWEVER, THEY WERE STILL TO BE 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.