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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : unv|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 10000|
msl bound upper : 10000
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : zny|
artcc : zjx
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 1 Eng, Retractable Gear|
|Flight Phase||climbout : intermediate altitude|
descent : approach
|Route In Use||enroute airway : zjx|
enroute airway : zony
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 30|
flight time total : 3700
flight time type : 450
|Function||controller : radar|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
non adherence : clearance
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Consequence||faa : reviewed incident with flight crew|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
I departed university park airport, state college, PA, in VFR conditions on 3/mon/88 at approximately XA35 am local time. I was the sole occupant of small aircraft and was en route to charleston, sc. I planned to fly the trip with another aircraft bearing registration cde. I departed a few mins before cde and intended to communicate with him on an air to air frequency. After several mins, I was unable to reach cde on the prearranged frequency and decided to monitor ny center. I heard ny center attempt to call cde and advised that he may have had radio difficulty and returned to the departure airport. I advised ATC that I wished to proceed along our route of flight and accepted a transponder code and radar advisories. Upon arrival in the charleston area, I was handed off to the charleston approach control and was asked to advise ATC upon cancelling IFR. I did not cancel IFR in flight and was called by ATC by telephone on the ground. I did not cancel IFR because I had not received or accepted an IFR clearance and was proceeding under visual flight rules. I am not instrument rated. I can only assume that there was some confusion on the part of ATC or the pilot of cde as to the clrncs given, received or accepted.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: REPORTER FAILED TO CANCEL IFR FLT PLAN WITH ARTCC.
Narrative: I DEPARTED UNIVERSITY PARK ARPT, STATE COLLEGE, PA, IN VFR CONDITIONS ON 3/MON/88 AT APPROX XA35 AM LCL TIME. I WAS THE SOLE OCCUPANT OF SMA AND WAS ENRTE TO CHARLESTON, SC. I PLANNED TO FLY THE TRIP WITH ANOTHER ACFT BEARING REGISTRATION CDE. I DEPARTED A FEW MINS BEFORE CDE AND INTENDED TO COMMUNICATE WITH HIM ON AN AIR TO AIR FREQ. AFTER SEVERAL MINS, I WAS UNABLE TO REACH CDE ON THE PREARRANGED FREQ AND DECIDED TO MONITOR NY CENTER. I HEARD NY CENTER ATTEMPT TO CALL CDE AND ADVISED THAT HE MAY HAVE HAD RADIO DIFFICULTY AND RETURNED TO THE DEP ARPT. I ADVISED ATC THAT I WISHED TO PROCEED ALONG OUR ROUTE OF FLT AND ACCEPTED A TRANSPONDER CODE AND RADAR ADVISORIES. UPON ARR IN THE CHARLESTON AREA, I WAS HANDED OFF TO THE CHARLESTON APCH CTL AND WAS ASKED TO ADVISE ATC UPON CANCELLING IFR. I DID NOT CANCEL IFR IN FLT AND WAS CALLED BY ATC BY TELEPHONE ON THE GND. I DID NOT CANCEL IFR BECAUSE I HAD NOT RECEIVED OR ACCEPTED AN IFR CLRNC AND WAS PROCEEDING UNDER VISUAL FLT RULES. I AM NOT INSTRUMENT RATED. I CAN ONLY ASSUME THAT THERE WAS SOME CONFUSION ON THE PART OF ATC OR THE PLT OF CDE AS TO THE CLRNCS GIVEN, RECEIVED OR ACCEPTED.
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.