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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : int|
airport : 8a7
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 2000|
msl bound upper : 2000
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : gso|
tower : int
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
descent : approach
|Route In Use||enroute : on vectors|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 25|
flight time total : 140
flight time type : 70
|Function||controller : approach|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||inflight encounter : weather|
inflight encounter : vfr in imc
non adherence : far
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
Was given a WX briefing of marginal VFR to good VFR, ran out of good VFR into marginal. Original destination uncontrolled and could not get in due to fog. Went to int, requested special VFR (1 1/4 mi visibility) due to minimum fuel. I had 40 mins fuel remaining, but thought gsb arsa had to have a reason for granting a special VFR into int. On final I looked toward my original destination (and it was only 15 NM away), and thought it was breaking up to VFR. I pulled up and told tower I would continue on to 8a7 (destination), but when I got within 8 mi, it went IFR again. I returned to int by radar vectors and again reiterated low fuel status and landed. I should have made 180 degree turn and landed at the first sign of below marginal VFR. I also will be more diligent about getting instrument rating.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: GA SMA ENCOUNTERED IFR WX AND REQUIRED SPECIAL VFR CLRNC TO REACH ALTERNATE.
Narrative: WAS GIVEN A WX BRIEFING OF MARGINAL VFR TO GOOD VFR, RAN OUT OF GOOD VFR INTO MARGINAL. ORIGINAL DEST UNCTLED AND COULD NOT GET IN DUE TO FOG. WENT TO INT, REQUESTED SPECIAL VFR (1 1/4 MI VIS) DUE TO MINIMUM FUEL. I HAD 40 MINS FUEL REMAINING, BUT THOUGHT GSB ARSA HAD TO HAVE A REASON FOR GRANTING A SPECIAL VFR INTO INT. ON FINAL I LOOKED TOWARD MY ORIGINAL DEST (AND IT WAS ONLY 15 NM AWAY), AND THOUGHT IT WAS BREAKING UP TO VFR. I PULLED UP AND TOLD TWR I WOULD CONTINUE ON TO 8A7 (DEST), BUT WHEN I GOT WITHIN 8 MI, IT WENT IFR AGAIN. I RETURNED TO INT BY RADAR VECTORS AND AGAIN REITERATED LOW FUEL STATUS AND LANDED. I SHOULD HAVE MADE 180 DEG TURN AND LANDED AT THE FIRST SIGN OF BELOW MARGINAL VFR. I ALSO WILL BE MORE DILIGENT ABOUT GETTING INSTRUMENT RATING.
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.