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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : clt|
airport : 0a6
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 1500|
msl bound upper : 1500
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : clt|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 1 Eng, Retractable Gear|
|Flight Phase||climbout : intermediate altitude|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 19|
flight time total : 290
flight time type : 112
|Anomaly||inflight encounter : vfr in imc|
non adherence : far
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
Had flown from monroe, nc, (eqy) to gastonia, nc, (0a6) via IFR flight plan. Used ASR approach into 0a6. Noted ceiling to be approximately 1800 MSL. Arrived 0a6 at XX30 am local. Got WX briefing and filed flight plan for return to eqy. Except for a small opening to the west, the 0a6 airport is surrounded by the clt TCA. Ground radio contact with clt ATC is not possible from 0a6. My plan was to depart to the west (to avoid TCA) and maintain VFR until obtaining my clearance. Upon departure and despite my best efforts I entered IMC while at low altitude (less than 1500 MSL), and without a clearance. Rather than risk a descent, I immediately began a best angle climb. Shortly thereafter, I received my clearance but was warned of towers at 12 O'clock at 2 mi. Then while in IMC and at best angle climb, I executed a 45 degree bank turn to on course heading (130 degrees). The rest of the flight was uneventful. I believe the major contributing factor to be the layout of the clt TCA. I think I could have departed 0a6 to the east or circled 0a6 from a safe distance and easily maintained VFR.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: GA SMA DEPARTED NON TWR ARPT WITH A FILED FLT PLAN BUT NO CLRNC AND ENTERED THE CLT TCA AND IMC BEFORE CLRNC WAS RECEIVED.
Narrative: HAD FLOWN FROM MONROE, NC, (EQY) TO GASTONIA, NC, (0A6) VIA IFR FLT PLAN. USED ASR APCH INTO 0A6. NOTED CEILING TO BE APPROX 1800 MSL. ARRIVED 0A6 AT XX30 AM LCL. GOT WX BRIEFING AND FILED FLT PLAN FOR RETURN TO EQY. EXCEPT FOR A SMALL OPENING TO THE W, THE 0A6 ARPT IS SURROUNDED BY THE CLT TCA. GND RADIO CONTACT WITH CLT ATC IS NOT POSSIBLE FROM 0A6. MY PLAN WAS TO DEPART TO THE W (TO AVOID TCA) AND MAINTAIN VFR UNTIL OBTAINING MY CLRNC. UPON DEP AND DESPITE MY BEST EFFORTS I ENTERED IMC WHILE AT LOW ALT (LESS THAN 1500 MSL), AND WITHOUT A CLRNC. RATHER THAN RISK A DSCNT, I IMMEDIATELY BEGAN A BEST ANGLE CLB. SHORTLY THEREAFTER, I RECEIVED MY CLRNC BUT WAS WARNED OF TWRS AT 12 O'CLOCK AT 2 MI. THEN WHILE IN IMC AND AT BEST ANGLE CLB, I EXECUTED A 45 DEG BANK TURN TO ON COURSE HDG (130 DEGS). THE REST OF THE FLT WAS UNEVENTFUL. I BELIEVE THE MAJOR CONTRIBUTING FACTOR TO BE THE LAYOUT OF THE CLT TCA. I THINK I COULD HAVE DEPARTED 0A6 TO THE E OR CIRCLED 0A6 FROM A SAFE DISTANCE AND EASILY MAINTAINED VFR.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 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.