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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : toa|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 500|
agl bound upper : 500
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||climbout : takeoff|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
pilot : cfi
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 30|
flight time total : 6000
flight time type : 1
|Anomaly||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|
Departed VFR from torrance airport to long beach, ca. Distance of 10 NM at most. WX was reported 800' scattered 1100' overcast. Thought about getting an IFR clearance but didn't want the delay. Took off to southeast to long beach harbor. Ceiling was really at 800' and visibility of 5 mi was uncomfortable. Found I was flying at 500' (AGL and MSL) to have cloud clearance. Regretted the decision to go VFR as I was over congested space. Conclusion: in the la area, don't fly VFR and don't fly west/O someone along to help you navigate and communicate and watch out! I'm an FAA inspector and it would be particularly embarrassing to have my name appear on one of the TCA/arsa violations that are processed with regularity in the la basin.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: VFR FLT IN IMC, CLOSE PROX TO TERRAIN.
Narrative: DEPARTED VFR FROM TORRANCE ARPT TO LONG BEACH, CA. DISTANCE OF 10 NM AT MOST. WX WAS RPTED 800' SCATTERED 1100' OVERCAST. THOUGHT ABOUT GETTING AN IFR CLRNC BUT DIDN'T WANT THE DELAY. TOOK OFF TO SE TO LONG BEACH HARBOR. CEILING WAS REALLY AT 800' AND VIS OF 5 MI WAS UNCOMFORTABLE. FOUND I WAS FLYING AT 500' (AGL AND MSL) TO HAVE CLOUD CLRNC. REGRETTED THE DECISION TO GO VFR AS I WAS OVER CONGESTED SPACE. CONCLUSION: IN THE LA AREA, DON'T FLY VFR AND DON'T FLY W/O SOMEONE ALONG TO HELP YOU NAVIGATE AND COMMUNICATE AND WATCH OUT! I'M AN FAA INSPECTOR AND IT WOULD BE PARTICULARLY EMBARRASSING TO HAVE MY NAME APPEAR ON ONE OF THE TCA/ARSA VIOLATIONS THAT ARE PROCESSED WITH REGULARITY IN THE LA BASIN.
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.