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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : n06|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 8000|
msl bound upper : 10000
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : zdc|
tower : hou
|Operator||general aviation : instructional|
|Make Model Name||Commercial Fixed Wing|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 20|
flight time total : 560
flight time type : 140
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : radar|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||inflight encounter : vfr in imc|
inflight encounter : weather
non adherence : far
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified cockpit|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : exited adverse environment|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
While trying to fly jumpers to 10000 ft, I encountered IFR conditions in a cloud layer that I could see through, but visibility went way down when I got inside of it. We were also pelted with ice needles through the air vents and the open door. Skydivers were already outside on the step, so I was unable to get out of it until they were gone. Visibility down to the ground was no problem. I should have tried to avoid it, but it is difficult when you are trying to fly over the drop zone into the wind for a safe jump.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: WHILE TRYING TO FLY JUMPERS TO 10000 FT, THE RPTR ENCOUNTERED IMC IN A CLOUD LAYER THAT HE COULD SEE THROUGH, BUT VISIBILITY WENT WAY DOWN WHEN IN IT. HE ALSO WAS PELTED WITH ICE NEEDLES THROUGH THE AIR VENTS AND THE OPEN DOOR. SKYDIVERS WERE ALREADY OUTSIDE ON THE STEP. HE WAS UNABLE TO GET OUT OF THE WX BEFORE THEY WERE GONE. VISIBILITY DOWN TO THE GND WAS NO PROB.
Narrative: WHILE TRYING TO FLY JUMPERS TO 10000 FT, I ENCOUNTERED IFR CONDITIONS IN A CLOUD LAYER THAT I COULD SEE THROUGH, BUT VISIBILITY WENT WAY DOWN WHEN I GOT INSIDE OF IT. WE WERE ALSO PELTED WITH ICE NEEDLES THROUGH THE AIR VENTS AND THE OPEN DOOR. SKYDIVERS WERE ALREADY OUTSIDE ON THE STEP, SO I WAS UNABLE TO GET OUT OF IT UNTIL THEY WERE GONE. VISIBILITY DOWN TO THE GND WAS NO PROB. I SHOULD HAVE TRIED TO AVOID IT, BUT IT IS DIFFICULT WHEN YOU ARE TRYING TO FLY OVER THE DROP ZONE INTO THE WIND FOR A SAFE JUMP.
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.