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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : lax|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 3500|
msl bound upper : 3500
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Bonanza 35|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 25|
flight time total : 3900
flight time type : 2000
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : approach|
|Anomaly||inflight encounter : vfr in imc|
non adherence : far
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
I was en route from hayward, ca, to torrance, ca, and was in class east airspace on a 132 degree heading in VFR conditions in preparation for entering the special flight rules area (sfra). I had lax in sight and santa monica airport in sight at that time. As I entered the sfra the VFR condition changed to IMC. With loss of ground contact I proceeded on course at 3500 ft altitude until I judged that I was south of the sfra and started my let down into torrance airport. When I regained ground contact I found that I was still in the sfra over lax below the required altitude of 3500 ft. My choice to continue on when IMC was encountered was based on maintaining a smooth traffic flow as opposed to a 180 degree turn which could have put me in conflict with other traffic at my altitude. I obviously misjudged the time required to transit the sfra and thereby ended up lower than the required 3500 ft in the sfra. The IMC WX encountered was very localized and unexpected since the torrance ATIS was reporting scattered to broken with 10 mi visibility. My assessment of what could have prevented this situation is as follows: 1) I could have called for a hollywood park transition with socal to transit the lax area. 2) I could have filed IFR from hayward to torrance even though the WX was VFR all the way.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: BE35 PLT ENCOUNTERED IMC WX WHEN IN THE SPECIAL FLT RULES AREA OVER LAX. PLT THEN PENETRATED LAX CLASS B AIRSPACE.
Narrative: I WAS ENRTE FROM HAYWARD, CA, TO TORRANCE, CA, AND WAS IN CLASS E AIRSPACE ON A 132 DEG HDG IN VFR CONDITIONS IN PREPARATION FOR ENTERING THE SPECIAL FLT RULES AREA (SFRA). I HAD LAX IN SIGHT AND SANTA MONICA ARPT IN SIGHT AT THAT TIME. AS I ENTERED THE SFRA THE VFR CONDITION CHANGED TO IMC. WITH LOSS OF GND CONTACT I PROCEEDED ON COURSE AT 3500 FT ALT UNTIL I JUDGED THAT I WAS S OF THE SFRA AND STARTED MY LET DOWN INTO TORRANCE ARPT. WHEN I REGAINED GND CONTACT I FOUND THAT I WAS STILL IN THE SFRA OVER LAX BELOW THE REQUIRED ALT OF 3500 FT. MY CHOICE TO CONTINUE ON WHEN IMC WAS ENCOUNTERED WAS BASED ON MAINTAINING A SMOOTH TFC FLOW AS OPPOSED TO A 180 DEG TURN WHICH COULD HAVE PUT ME IN CONFLICT WITH OTHER TFC AT MY ALT. I OBVIOUSLY MISJUDGED THE TIME REQUIRED TO TRANSIT THE SFRA AND THEREBY ENDED UP LOWER THAN THE REQUIRED 3500 FT IN THE SFRA. THE IMC WX ENCOUNTERED WAS VERY LOCALIZED AND UNEXPECTED SINCE THE TORRANCE ATIS WAS RPTING SCATTERED TO BROKEN WITH 10 MI VISIBILITY. MY ASSESSMENT OF WHAT COULD HAVE PREVENTED THIS SIT IS AS FOLLOWS: 1) I COULD HAVE CALLED FOR A HOLLYWOOD PARK TRANSITION WITH SOCAL TO TRANSIT THE LAX AREA. 2) I COULD HAVE FILED IFR FROM HAYWARD TO TORRANCE EVEN THOUGH THE WX WAS VFR ALL THE WAY.
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.