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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : atw.airport|
|Altitude||msl single value : 1200|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Cessna Single Piston Undifferentiated or Other Model|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||climbout : intermediate altitude|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 8|
flight time total : 165
flight time type : 120
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : flight data|
|Anomaly||airspace violation : entry|
inflight encounter : vfr in imc
inflight encounter : weather
non adherence : far
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : exited adverse environment|
|Problem Areas||Flight Crew Human Performance|
Upon departing osh VFR; I inadvertently flew into IMC and strayed unannounced into the class D airspace surrounding atw. I received a briefing from the FAA mobile FSS station at osh 30 mins prior to takeoff; which indicated marginal VFR over osh but clear skies within 10 miles along my route of flight to the northwest. I departed from runway 9 at osh; and per the NOTAM; flew 040 degrees at 1300 ft MSL and turned to the northwest as soon as I was clear of the osh class D (5 miles). Approximately 2 miles later; the ceilings abruptly dropped to 1000 ft MSL and I found myself in the clouds and losing sight of the ground. I immediately turned back to the east where I knew the ceilings were higher (and there were no towers) and quickly regained VMC. While flying to the east and looking for a way around the IMC; I lost situational awareness and strayed into the class D airspace surrounding atw. At this time there was an opening in the cloud layer above my position and I was able to climb on top of the layer and proceed VFR on top until clear of the cloud layer below me (approximately 10 miles to the northwest). Because of the FSS briefing stating that the clouds extended only 10 miles along my route of flight combined with the fact that everyone was departing osh VFR; I assumed that I would be clear to fly to the northwest until clear of the clouds. I did not consider that the ceilings could be below minimums for VFR flight; and I did not have an alternative plan in place in the event the clouds were lower. Thus I was surprised when the ceilings descended and I was forced to make immediate action to remain in VMC. During this confusion I lost situational awareness with regards to my position (and other traffic too) and flew into class D airspace.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: A VFR C182 PLT DEPARTING OSH ENTERED IMC WHILE ATTEMPTING TO GET VMC. RPTR LOST SITUATIONAL AWARENESS AND ENTERED CLASS D AIRSPACE.
Narrative: UPON DEPARTING OSH VFR; I INADVERTENTLY FLEW INTO IMC AND STRAYED UNANNOUNCED INTO THE CLASS D AIRSPACE SURROUNDING ATW. I RECEIVED A BRIEFING FROM THE FAA MOBILE FSS STATION AT OSH 30 MINS PRIOR TO TKOF; WHICH INDICATED MARGINAL VFR OVER OSH BUT CLEAR SKIES WITHIN 10 MILES ALONG MY RTE OF FLT TO THE NW. I DEPARTED FROM RWY 9 AT OSH; AND PER THE NOTAM; FLEW 040 DEGS AT 1300 FT MSL AND TURNED TO THE NW AS SOON AS I WAS CLEAR OF THE OSH CLASS D (5 MILES). APPROX 2 MILES LATER; THE CEILINGS ABRUPTLY DROPPED TO 1000 FT MSL AND I FOUND MYSELF IN THE CLOUDS AND LOSING SIGHT OF THE GND. I IMMEDIATELY TURNED BACK TO THE E WHERE I KNEW THE CEILINGS WERE HIGHER (AND THERE WERE NO TOWERS) AND QUICKLY REGAINED VMC. WHILE FLYING TO THE E AND LOOKING FOR A WAY AROUND THE IMC; I LOST SITUATIONAL AWARENESS AND STRAYED INTO THE CLASS D AIRSPACE SURROUNDING ATW. AT THIS TIME THERE WAS AN OPENING IN THE CLOUD LAYER ABOVE MY POSITION AND I WAS ABLE TO CLB ON TOP OF THE LAYER AND PROCEED VFR ON TOP UNTIL CLEAR OF THE CLOUD LAYER BELOW ME (APPROX 10 MILES TO THE NW). BECAUSE OF THE FSS BRIEFING STATING THAT THE CLOUDS EXTENDED ONLY 10 MILES ALONG MY RTE OF FLT COMBINED WITH THE FACT THAT EVERYONE WAS DEPARTING OSH VFR; I ASSUMED THAT I WOULD BE CLEAR TO FLY TO THE NW UNTIL CLEAR OF THE CLOUDS. I DID NOT CONSIDER THAT THE CEILINGS COULD BE BELOW MINIMUMS FOR VFR FLT; AND I DID NOT HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE PLAN IN PLACE IN THE EVENT THE CLOUDS WERE LOWER. THUS I WAS SURPRISED WHEN THE CEILINGS DSNDED AND I WAS FORCED TO MAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION TO REMAIN IN VMC. DURING THIS CONFUSION I LOST SITUATIONAL AWARENESS WITH REGARDS TO MY POSITION (AND OTHER TFC TOO) AND FLEW INTO CLASS D AIRSPACE.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of January 2009 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.