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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : bos|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 4000|
msl bound upper : 4000
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : bos|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|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 : on vectors|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 39|
flight time total : 323
flight time type : 323
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : approach|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||inflight encounter : vfr in imc|
non adherence : far
non adherence : published procedure
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
On a pleasure flight from ack to orh, I continued to attempt VFR flight into deteriorating WX in respect to the ceiling. When I realized that I could no longer remain in VFR conditions I requested an air file from present position to orh. I was subsequently cleared from my position to orh via radar vectors to whybe intersection, which has a transition to the ILS runway 29 at orh. I proceeded to execute the transition and the approach to the ILS runway 29 at orh and landed without incident. In retrospect I never should have attempted to continue the flight. I should have landed at a more suitable time, before the ceiling required an IFR clearance. Factors in my continued flight included the fact that I have completed an instrument training course, and await only the check ride. This is tentatively scheduled. Therefore, I believed that it would be safe for me to conclude my trip in IFR conditions. In retrospect it was a foolish and immature thing to do, and I have learned greatly from my judgement error. Risking the life and safety of myself and passenger, not to mention any FAA enforcement action which may come of this, was certainly not worth it. I shall not ever attempt flight into IFR conditions until and unless appropriately rated.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: SMA PLT FLIES IFR FLT PLAN, MAKES INST APCH, WITHOUT BENEFIT OF AN IFR RATING.
Narrative: ON A PLEASURE FLT FROM ACK TO ORH, I CONTINUED TO ATTEMPT VFR FLT INTO DETERIORATING WX IN RESPECT TO THE CEILING. WHEN I REALIZED THAT I COULD NO LONGER REMAIN IN VFR CONDITIONS I REQUESTED AN AIR FILE FROM PRESENT POS TO ORH. I WAS SUBSEQUENTLY CLRED FROM MY POS TO ORH VIA RADAR VECTORS TO WHYBE INTXN, WHICH HAS A TRANSITION TO THE ILS RWY 29 AT ORH. I PROCEEDED TO EXECUTE THE TRANSITION AND THE APCH TO THE ILS RWY 29 AT ORH AND LANDED WITHOUT INCIDENT. IN RETROSPECT I NEVER SHOULD HAVE ATTEMPTED TO CONTINUE THE FLT. I SHOULD HAVE LANDED AT A MORE SUITABLE TIME, BEFORE THE CEILING REQUIRED AN IFR CLRNC. FACTORS IN MY CONTINUED FLT INCLUDED THE FACT THAT I HAVE COMPLETED AN INST TRAINING COURSE, AND AWAIT ONLY THE CHK RIDE. THIS IS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED. THEREFORE, I BELIEVED THAT IT WOULD BE SAFE FOR ME TO CONCLUDE MY TRIP IN IFR CONDITIONS. IN RETROSPECT IT WAS A FOOLISH AND IMMATURE THING TO DO, AND I HAVE LEARNED GREATLY FROM MY JUDGEMENT ERROR. RISKING THE LIFE AND SAFETY OF MYSELF AND PAX, NOT TO MENTION ANY FAA ENFORCEMENT ACTION WHICH MAY COME OF THIS, WAS CERTAINLY NOT WORTH IT. I SHALL NOT EVER ATTEMPT FLT INTO IFR CONDITIONS UNTIL AND UNLESS APPROPRIATELY RATED.
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.