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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : pns|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 600|
msl bound upper : 1000
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : pns|
tower : mob
|Operator||general aviation : instructional|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Route In Use||enroute : direct|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : private
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 200|
flight time total : 2060
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : local|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||inflight encounter : weather|
inflight encounter : vfr in imc
non adherence : far
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : exited adverse environment|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
I was on a flight for the purpose of going on my vacation in destination, fl. Landed at mob to refuel and check WX. WX had been good VFR prior to mob (no ceilings, visibility less than 7), but at mob, visibility went down to 6/haze. FSS briefer told me that eglin AFB was reporting partial obscuration, 900 broken, 1500 overcast, 3 fog/haze. Mob had gone to 900 bkna dn 4 H (haze). The briefer was quick to tell me all terminal, including mob, pns, and panama city were calling for ceilings of no less than 20000' and visibility of 6 or greater, all through the night. The briefer went on to encourage me that I should attempt the flight, since it was only a little scud that would soon dissipate. Scud ran all the way to pns at and below 1500' MSL. Passed pns and noticed WX was really going down. Suddenly I was in the clouds and stayed in them for 20 seconds or so. Immediately did 180 degree turn back to pns and had to descend to 600' AGL to get out of clouds. Estimate ceilings were at or below 1000' AGL at pns, even though the WX report called it 1200' broken and 4 F. Didn't file IFR because plane was small aircraft west/O instrument certification. Also, the VOR had gone out halfway through the flight. I saw no need for filing IFR since all WX reports and forecasts at initial departure showed excellent VFR. At the departure portion from mob, I shouldn't have gone. I exercised poor judgement by letting the FSS briefer give an over optimistic outlook on the WX conditions. Also, the WX along the gulf coast can change very rapidly. What I did was stupid!
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: IMC CONDITIONS ON A VFR NIGHT FLT.
Narrative: I WAS ON A FLT FOR THE PURPOSE OF GOING ON MY VACATION IN DEST, FL. LANDED AT MOB TO REFUEL AND CHK WX. WX HAD BEEN GOOD VFR PRIOR TO MOB (NO CEILINGS, VIS LESS THAN 7), BUT AT MOB, VIS WENT DOWN TO 6/HAZE. FSS BRIEFER TOLD ME THAT EGLIN AFB WAS RPTING PARTIAL OBSCURATION, 900 BROKEN, 1500 OVCST, 3 FOG/HAZE. MOB HAD GONE TO 900 BKNA DN 4 H (HAZE). THE BRIEFER WAS QUICK TO TELL ME ALL TERMINAL, INCLUDING MOB, PNS, AND PANAMA CITY WERE CALLING FOR CEILINGS OF NO LESS THAN 20000' AND VIS OF 6 OR GREATER, ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT. THE BRIEFER WENT ON TO ENCOURAGE ME THAT I SHOULD ATTEMPT THE FLT, SINCE IT WAS ONLY A LITTLE SCUD THAT WOULD SOON DISSIPATE. SCUD RAN ALL THE WAY TO PNS AT AND BELOW 1500' MSL. PASSED PNS AND NOTICED WX WAS REALLY GOING DOWN. SUDDENLY I WAS IN THE CLOUDS AND STAYED IN THEM FOR 20 SECS OR SO. IMMEDIATELY DID 180 DEG TURN BACK TO PNS AND HAD TO DSND TO 600' AGL TO GET OUT OF CLOUDS. ESTIMATE CEILINGS WERE AT OR BELOW 1000' AGL AT PNS, EVEN THOUGH THE WX RPT CALLED IT 1200' BROKEN AND 4 F. DIDN'T FILE IFR BECAUSE PLANE WAS SMA W/O INSTRUMENT CERTIFICATION. ALSO, THE VOR HAD GONE OUT HALFWAY THROUGH THE FLT. I SAW NO NEED FOR FILING IFR SINCE ALL WX RPTS AND FORECASTS AT INITIAL DEP SHOWED EXCELLENT VFR. AT THE DEP PORTION FROM MOB, I SHOULDN'T HAVE GONE. I EXERCISED POOR JUDGEMENT BY LETTING THE FSS BRIEFER GIVE AN OVER OPTIMISTIC OUTLOOK ON THE WX CONDITIONS. ALSO, THE WX ALONG THE GULF COAST CAN CHANGE VERY RAPIDLY. WHAT I DID WAS STUPID!
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.