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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : gvw|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 6500|
msl bound upper : 6500
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : zkc|
|Operator||general aviation : instructional|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 1 Eng, Retractable Gear|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 19|
flight time total : 496
flight time type : 65
|Function||other personnel other|
|Anomaly||inflight encounter : vfr in imc|
inflight encounter : weather
non adherence : far
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||controller : issued new clearance|
controller : provided flight assist
flight crew : declared emergency
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
In 1/88 I was flying from a city in indiana to richards-gebaur, mo. To escape turbulence, I climbed through a hole in the clouds to 8600' MSL some place in eastern mo. I flew above the clouds to a point 50 or 60 mi east of my destination. At this point, I realized there would be no more holes in the clouds to des and with about 75 mins of fuel left, I was in an emergency situation. I called columbia FSS and described my situation. Columbia FSS directed that I contact the kc center, which I did. Kc center brought me down through the clouds to a point within 3 or 4 mi of richard gebaur control tower, where I landed normally. I am indebted to the columbia FSS and the kc center for the efficient and professional manner in which they handled my emergency. This incident was caused by using poor judgement, ie, climbing too high. It would not have happened had I stayed below the initial ceiling of 2000' MSL.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: GA SMA ON VFR FLT WITH NON INSTRUMENT RATED PLT TRAPPED ABOVE OVERCAST AND REQUIRED ASSISTANCE TO DESCEND.
Narrative: IN 1/88 I WAS FLYING FROM A CITY IN INDIANA TO RICHARDS-GEBAUR, MO. TO ESCAPE TURBULENCE, I CLBED THROUGH A HOLE IN THE CLOUDS TO 8600' MSL SOME PLACE IN EASTERN MO. I FLEW ABOVE THE CLOUDS TO A POINT 50 OR 60 MI E OF MY DEST. AT THIS POINT, I REALIZED THERE WOULD BE NO MORE HOLES IN THE CLOUDS TO DES AND WITH ABOUT 75 MINS OF FUEL LEFT, I WAS IN AN EMER SITUATION. I CALLED COLUMBIA FSS AND DESCRIBED MY SITUATION. COLUMBIA FSS DIRECTED THAT I CONTACT THE KC CENTER, WHICH I DID. KC CENTER BROUGHT ME DOWN THROUGH THE CLOUDS TO A POINT WITHIN 3 OR 4 MI OF RICHARD GEBAUR CTL TWR, WHERE I LANDED NORMALLY. I AM INDEBTED TO THE COLUMBIA FSS AND THE KC CENTER FOR THE EFFICIENT AND PROFESSIONAL MANNER IN WHICH THEY HANDLED MY EMER. THIS INCIDENT WAS CAUSED BY USING POOR JUDGEMENT, IE, CLBING TOO HIGH. IT WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED HAD I STAYED BELOW THE INITIAL CEILING OF 2000' MSL.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of August 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.