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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : zzz.artcc|
|Altitude||msl single value : 2000|
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : zzz.artcc|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||M-20 B/C Ranger|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||climbout : initial|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : multi engine
pilot : commercial
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 40|
flight time total : 3500
flight time type : 100
|Anomaly||inflight encounter : weather|
non adherence : far
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
Flight Crew Human Performance
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
After planning and filing an IFR flight plan to ZZZ1; I took off from ZZZ with the intention of picking up my IFR clearance from XXX AFB approach control once airborne. The WX was called 1200 ft broken; so I needed to get a clearance quickly before entering the clouds. I maintained VFR and attempted approach several times and then called tower; with no response. I then received an obstacle alert from my GPS and decided to exercise my emergency authority/authorized as PIC to climb above the obstacles; which caused me to fly with less than VFR cloud clrncs; the root cause of this was my failure to check the operating hours for XXX approach which didn't open for another half hour. I contacted center as soon as possible and picked up my IFR clearance to ZZZ1. I feel that creating a checklist of items to check during preflight planning could prevent this from happening again.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: M20 PILOT ATTEMPTING TO PICK UP IFR CLEARANCE AIRBORNE RECEIVES GPS TERRAIN WARNING AND EXERCISES HIS EMERGENCY AUTHORITY TO CLIMB TO A SAFE ALTITUDE THROUGH CLOUDS.
Narrative: AFTER PLANNING AND FILING AN IFR FLT PLAN TO ZZZ1; I TOOK OFF FROM ZZZ WITH THE INTENTION OF PICKING UP MY IFR CLRNC FROM XXX AFB APCH CTL ONCE AIRBORNE. THE WX WAS CALLED 1200 FT BROKEN; SO I NEEDED TO GET A CLRNC QUICKLY BEFORE ENTERING THE CLOUDS. I MAINTAINED VFR AND ATTEMPTED APCH SEVERAL TIMES AND THEN CALLED TWR; WITH NO RESPONSE. I THEN RECEIVED AN OBSTACLE ALERT FROM MY GPS AND DECIDED TO EXERCISE MY EMER AUTH AS PIC TO CLB ABOVE THE OBSTACLES; WHICH CAUSED ME TO FLY WITH LESS THAN VFR CLOUD CLRNCS; THE ROOT CAUSE OF THIS WAS MY FAILURE TO CHK THE OPERATING HRS FOR XXX APCH WHICH DIDN'T OPEN FOR ANOTHER HALF HR. I CONTACTED CTR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND PICKED UP MY IFR CLRNC TO ZZZ1. I FEEL THAT CREATING A CHKLIST OF ITEMS TO CHK DURING PREFLT PLANNING COULD PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING AGAIN.
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.