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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : tys|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 8500|
msl bound upper : 8500
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : tys|
tower : lga
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Amateur (Home) Built|
|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 : 20|
flight time total : 450
flight time type : 170
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : approach|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||inflight encounter : weather|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||controller : provided flight assist|
|Consequence||faa : investigated|
On the course of my flight, I flew through a light hazy condition to on top of the haze. Once on top I continued on my course. At this time the haze turned to clouds below me, while I was still maintaining VFR on top. As I continued on, the clouds below began to thicken and rise. I had to climb higher to maintain VFR requirements. Not being an IFR pilot, I began to feel uncomfortable on top, especially not knowing if the WX ahead was going to get better. I knew the further north I flew the better it would get, but at that time I just wanted to get back on the ground. I contacted knoxville approach and made them aware of the circumstance I was in. Fortunately with the help of other pilots and approach, they vectored me to a clearing and I was able to safely descend maintaining VFR. I landed at downtown knoxville airport and called to thank the volunteers who assisted me in my need of help.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PVT PLT OF AN RV4 ENCOUNTERED WX DURING CRUISE AND GOT CAUGHT ON TOP. RPTR CONTACTED APCH FOR ASSISTANCE AND RECEIVED VECTORS TO AN AREA FOR A VFR DSCNT. OTHER PLTS IN THE AREA HELPED IN GIVING ATC WX INFO SO THE RPTR COULD MAINTAIN VFR TO LET DOWN AND LAND.
Narrative: ON THE COURSE OF MY FLT, I FLEW THROUGH A LIGHT HAZY CONDITION TO ON TOP OF THE HAZE. ONCE ON TOP I CONTINUED ON MY COURSE. AT THIS TIME THE HAZE TURNED TO CLOUDS BELOW ME, WHILE I WAS STILL MAINTAINING VFR ON TOP. AS I CONTINUED ON, THE CLOUDS BELOW BEGAN TO THICKEN AND RISE. I HAD TO CLB HIGHER TO MAINTAIN VFR REQUIREMENTS. NOT BEING An IFR PLT, I BEGAN TO FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE ON TOP, ESPECIALLY NOT KNOWING IF THE WX AHEAD WAS GOING TO GET BETTER. I KNEW THE FURTHER N I FLEW THE BETTER IT WOULD GET, BUT AT THAT TIME I JUST WANTED TO GET BACK ON THE GND. I CONTACTED KNOXVILLE APCH AND MADE THEM AWARE OF THE CIRCUMSTANCE I WAS IN. FORTUNATELY WITH THE HELP OF OTHER PLTS AND APCH, THEY VECTORED ME TO A CLRING AND I WAS ABLE TO SAFELY DSND MAINTAINING VFR. I LANDED AT DOWNTOWN KNOXVILLE ARPT AND CALLED TO THANK THE VOLUNTEERS WHO ASSISTED ME IN MY NEED OF HELP.
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.