|37000 Feet||Browse and search NASA's
Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : 3km|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 600|
agl bound upper : 600
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : ict|
tracon : bur
|Operator||general aviation : corporate|
|Make Model Name||Any Unknown or Unlisted Aircraft Manufacturer|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
descent : approach
|Route In Use||enroute : direct|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 60|
flight time total : 2700
flight time type : 310
|Anomaly||inflight encounter : vfr in imc|
inflight encounter : weather
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|
Due to embedded thunderstorms in the area, I decided to make the 15 NM trip from ewk to 3KM VFR. WX was reported 700 ft and 8 mi visibility on the ASOS (automated service observation system). I monitored the local approach control frequency so I could sequence my arrival with any aircraft on an IFR approach to 3KM. I reported my position upon entering the traffic pattern and I landed before an aircraft coming off the VOR-a approach. Although I was operating below class east airspace and was legally flying clear of the clouds with a minimum of 1 mi visibility, I was very uncomfortable intermingling with IFR traffic in marginal conditions. If I had it to do all over again, I would make the trip IFR so as to protect myself and others from a dangerous situation.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: UNAUTH PENETRATION OF CLASS D AIRSPACE BY CORP TURBOPROP.
Narrative: DUE TO EMBEDDED TSTMS IN THE AREA, I DECIDED TO MAKE THE 15 NM TRIP FROM EWK TO 3KM VFR. WX WAS RPTED 700 FT AND 8 MI VISIBILITY ON THE ASOS (AUTOMATED SVC OBSERVATION SYS). I MONITORED THE LCL APCH CTL FREQ SO I COULD SEQUENCE MY ARR WITH ANY ACFT ON AN IFR APCH TO 3KM. I RPTED MY POS UPON ENTERING THE TFC PATTERN AND I LANDED BEFORE AN ACFT COMING OFF THE VOR-A APCH. ALTHOUGH I WAS OPERATING BELOW CLASS E AIRSPACE AND WAS LEGALLY FLYING CLEAR OF THE CLOUDS WITH A MINIMUM OF 1 MI VISIBILITY, I WAS VERY UNCOMFORTABLE INTERMINGLING WITH IFR TFC IN MARGINAL CONDITIONS. IF I HAD IT TO DO ALL OVER AGAIN, I WOULD MAKE THE TRIP IFR SO AS TO PROTECT MYSELF AND OTHERS FROM A DANGEROUS SIT.
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.