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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : mge.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 1200|
|Controlling Facilities||tower : mge.tower|
tower : pia.tower
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Balloon|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||cruise : level|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 33|
flight time total : 1300
flight time type : 1100
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : local|
|Anomaly||inflight encounter : vfr in imc|
non adherence : far
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||controller : issued advisory|
flight crew : landed as precaution
ATC Human Performance
Flight Crew Human Performance
Took off in VFR conditions 7+ mi of visibility, at least 1300 ft ceiling. Immediately after takeoff, I contacted dobbins tower and asked to transition through airspace. I was given the barometric pressure and was approved. I set my barometer and then checked altitude of 2225 ft MSL (approximately 1225 ft AGL), radioed my crew and asked if the balloon was in the clouds. They replied it was not. After a while, dobbins tower contacted me and advised that the airport was in IMC and asked my intentions. As I was still in VFR conditions but could see the ceiling lowering behind me, I elected to land as soon as possible. I descended and landed without incident in an office complex where my crew was able to find me and retrieve the aircraft.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PLT OF HOT AIR BALLOON ASCENDED INTO POSSIBLE IMC. MADE PRECAUTIONARY LNDG IN OFFICE PARK.
Narrative: TOOK OFF IN VFR CONDITIONS 7+ MI OF VISIBILITY, AT LEAST 1300 FT CEILING. IMMEDIATELY AFTER TKOF, I CONTACTED DOBBINS TWR AND ASKED TO TRANSITION THROUGH AIRSPACE. I WAS GIVEN THE BAROMETRIC PRESSURE AND WAS APPROVED. I SET MY BAROMETER AND THEN CHKED ALT OF 2225 FT MSL (APPROX 1225 FT AGL), RADIOED MY CREW AND ASKED IF THE BALLOON WAS IN THE CLOUDS. THEY REPLIED IT WAS NOT. AFTER A WHILE, DOBBINS TWR CONTACTED ME AND ADVISED THAT THE ARPT WAS IN IMC AND ASKED MY INTENTIONS. AS I WAS STILL IN VFR CONDITIONS BUT COULD SEE THE CEILING LOWERING BEHIND ME, I ELECTED TO LAND ASAP. I DSNDED AND LANDED WITHOUT INCIDENT IN AN OFFICE COMPLEX WHERE MY CREW WAS ABLE TO FIND ME AND RETRIEVE THE ACFT.
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.