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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : aus|
airport : 3r3
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 1000|
agl bound upper : 2000
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : aus|
artcc : zma
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Experimental|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||climbout : intermediate altitude|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 50|
flight time total : 600
flight time type : 130
|Anomaly||inflight encounter : vfr in imc|
inflight encounter : weather
non adherence : far
other anomaly other
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
The event occurred while departing austin executive airport which is located under the class C airspace surrounding austin airport. I departed the airport with what I believed was 1000 ft ceilings and improving conditions. Route of departure was due west. Within 2 mins following liftoff, I found myself descending to avoid the lowering cloud deck. At the same time, the ground in the area was rising slightly. Not feeling comfortable in making a turn, I proceeded forward. I immediately saw what appeared to be a break in the overcast and made a very fast decision to attempt to proceed up through it. The autoplt (wings leveler) was on. I did find myself in IFR conditions for approximately 20 seconds before breaking out on top at approximately 2000 ft AGL. I may have violated the class C airspace. A misunderstanding of information received from a WX briefer 2 hours previously helped contribute to my poor judgement regarding an appropriate takeoff time. Regardless, I still should have been able to assess the situation better.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PVT PLT OF AN EXPERIMENTAL HOME BUILT ACFT ENTERED CLASS C AIRSPACE AND OPERATED IN IMC WITHOUT CLRNC OR AN INST RATING.
Narrative: THE EVENT OCCURRED WHILE DEPARTING AUSTIN EXECUTIVE ARPT WHICH IS LOCATED UNDER THE CLASS C AIRSPACE SURROUNDING AUSTIN ARPT. I DEPARTED THE ARPT WITH WHAT I BELIEVED WAS 1000 FT CEILINGS AND IMPROVING CONDITIONS. RTE OF DEP WAS DUE W. WITHIN 2 MINS FOLLOWING LIFTOFF, I FOUND MYSELF DSNDING TO AVOID THE LOWERING CLOUD DECK. AT THE SAME TIME, THE GND IN THE AREA WAS RISING SLIGHTLY. NOT FEELING COMFORTABLE IN MAKING A TURN, I PROCEEDED FORWARD. I IMMEDIATELY SAW WHAT APPEARED TO BE A BREAK IN THE OVCST AND MADE A VERY FAST DECISION TO ATTEMPT TO PROCEED UP THROUGH IT. THE AUTOPLT (WINGS LEVELER) WAS ON. I DID FIND MYSELF IN IFR CONDITIONS FOR APPROX 20 SECONDS BEFORE BREAKING OUT ON TOP AT APPROX 2000 FT AGL. I MAY HAVE VIOLATED THE CLASS C AIRSPACE. A MISUNDERSTANDING OF INFO RECEIVED FROM A WX BRIEFER 2 HRS PREVIOUSLY HELPED CONTRIBUTE TO MY POOR JUDGEMENT REGARDING AN APPROPRIATE TKOF TIME. REGARDLESS, I STILL SHOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ASSESS THE SIT BETTER.
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.