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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : ena|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 5000|
msl bound upper : 11500
|Controlling Facilities||tower : phx|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Any Unknown or Unlisted Aircraft Manufacturer|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Route In Use||enroute : direct|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : cfi|
pilot : commercial
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 127|
flight time total : 7600
flight time type : 838
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||inflight encounter : weather|
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|Independent Detector||other controllera|
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|Air Traffic Incident||other|
I was VFR en route on a VFR flight plan from iliamna, ak, to palmer, ak, at about XA30 at 11500 ft, VFR, 030 degree heading with undercast at about 10000 ft and clouds ahead and to the east. The 15 mi visibility was slowly going down to 3 or 4 mi. I was about 8 mi of kenai VOR and I called to request: present position IFR direct to big lake VOR, then direct to palmer. Center told me to maintain VFR awaiting clearance. It was clrer to the west. I soon turned north, then west in a min or so. Center then told me to turn to 180 degrees to avoid IFR traffic, then gave me a phone number to call because of possible conflict with another aircraft. Then I was given a clearance to descend to 5000 ft on heading 090 degrees. Soon, clearance was given: direct anc VOR, direct big lake VOR, maintain 5000 ft. No further problems. Corrective action: when I saw clouds developing ahead, I should have contacted center on approach for clearance sooner.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: SMA TWIN WAS MANEUVERING TO AVOID IMC CONDITIONS. PLT REQUESTED IFR CLRNC FROM CTR CTLR.
Narrative: I WAS VFR ENRTE ON A VFR FLT PLAN FROM ILIAMNA, AK, TO PALMER, AK, AT ABOUT XA30 AT 11500 FT, VFR, 030 DEG HDG WITH UNDERCAST AT ABOUT 10000 FT AND CLOUDS AHEAD AND TO THE E. THE 15 MI VISIBILITY WAS SLOWLY GOING DOWN TO 3 OR 4 MI. I WAS ABOUT 8 MI OF KENAI VOR AND I CALLED TO REQUEST: PRESENT POS IFR DIRECT TO BIG LAKE VOR, THEN DIRECT TO PALMER. CTR TOLD ME TO MAINTAIN VFR AWAITING CLRNC. IT WAS CLRER TO THE W. I SOON TURNED N, THEN W IN A MIN OR SO. CTR THEN TOLD ME TO TURN TO 180 DEGS TO AVOID IFR TFC, THEN GAVE ME A PHONE NUMBER TO CALL BECAUSE OF POSSIBLE CONFLICT WITH ANOTHER ACFT. THEN I WAS GIVEN A CLRNC TO DSND TO 5000 FT ON HDG 090 DEGS. SOON, CLRNC WAS GIVEN: DIRECT ANC VOR, DIRECT BIG LAKE VOR, MAINTAIN 5000 FT. NO FURTHER PROBS. CORRECTIVE ACTION: WHEN I SAW CLOUDS DEVELOPING AHEAD, I SHOULD HAVE CONTACTED CTR ON APCH FOR CLRNC SOONER.
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.