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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : gpz|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 300|
agl bound upper : 300
|Controlling Facilities||tower : phx|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Helicopter|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : cfi|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 150|
flight time total : 8800
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||other personnel other|
|Qualification||other other : other|
|Anomaly||inflight encounter : weather|
other anomaly other
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
I departed superior, wi, at XA25 local am for a pipeline patrol. All my WX reporting points were good, in fact must were clear with unrestr visibility. The pipeline I follow is about 3 mi north of the grand rapids, mn, so I was transitioning from east to west low level at 300 ft AGL. I heard another aircraft call south of grand rapids and he would be making a low approach from south to north continuing north. I have 2 communication radios and I had 1 on 122.8 and the other on 122.05 princeton FSS. When I was clear to the west I heard the aircraft on 122.05 declare he was clear north canceling SVFR. I then knew that maybe grand rapids, mn, was IFR. I listened to AWOS at grand rapids over the VOR and it was 800 broken and 10. There was smoke coming from local company, blowing over the airport and to me it was only a scattered layer. The visibility to me was 15 mi plus. The fixed wing that cleared north told FSS that it was a scattered layer. I guess I felt that it really wasn't IFR and if the scattered was broken the great visibility led me to feel it was VFR.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PLT OF AN SMA PIPELINE PATROL HELI OPERATED IN CLASS E AIRSPACE WHEN THE WX WAS RPTED AS BELOW VFR CONDITIONS.
Narrative: I DEPARTED SUPERIOR, WI, AT XA25 LCL AM FOR A PIPELINE PATROL. ALL MY WX RPTING POINTS WERE GOOD, IN FACT MUST WERE CLR WITH UNRESTR VISIBILITY. THE PIPELINE I FOLLOW IS ABOUT 3 MI N OF THE GRAND RAPIDS, MN, SO I WAS TRANSITIONING FROM E TO W LOW LEVEL AT 300 FT AGL. I HEARD ANOTHER ACFT CALL S OF GRAND RAPIDS AND HE WOULD BE MAKING A LOW APCH FROM S TO N CONTINUING N. I HAVE 2 COM RADIOS AND I HAD 1 ON 122.8 AND THE OTHER ON 122.05 PRINCETON FSS. WHEN I WAS CLR TO THE W I HEARD THE ACFT ON 122.05 DECLARE HE WAS CLR N CANCELING SVFR. I THEN KNEW THAT MAYBE GRAND RAPIDS, MN, WAS IFR. I LISTENED TO AWOS AT GRAND RAPIDS OVER THE VOR AND IT WAS 800 BROKEN AND 10. THERE WAS SMOKE COMING FROM LCL COMPANY, BLOWING OVER THE ARPT AND TO ME IT WAS ONLY A SCATTERED LAYER. THE VISIBILITY TO ME WAS 15 MI PLUS. THE FIXED WING THAT CLRED N TOLD FSS THAT IT WAS A SCATTERED LAYER. I GUESS I FELT THAT IT REALLY WASN'T IFR AND IF THE SCATTERED WAS BROKEN THE GREAT VISIBILITY LED ME TO FEEL IT WAS 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.