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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : oth|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 1000|
msl bound upper : 1000
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : zse|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 2 Eng, Retractable Gear|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
pilot : instrument
pilot : cfi
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 150|
flight time total : 4500
flight time type : 20
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||other personnel other|
|Anomaly||inflight encounter : weather|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Primary Problem||ATC Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
Completed IFR portion of flight to ast and proceeded VFR along coast to destination airport which had no instrument procedures. Unable to land at destination due to WX. Unable to contact FSS due to uncharted frequency change. Continued VFR to next facility with FSS communications, but FSS was too busy to assist and turned problem over to ZSE. Clearance was obtained from ZSE. Communication with ZSE required marginal VFR operations to establish contact and obtain IFR clearance. Changes and decreasing FSS service decreased the safety margins of this operation. Pilot was forced to rely upon provisions of far 91.3(B) as back up to compensate for expected but unavailable FSS service.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: GA SMA UNABLE LAND DESTINATION ACCOUNT WX PROBLEM GETTING ADDITIONAL CLRNC DUE TO REDUCED FSS STAFFING AND UNCHARTED FREQ CHANGE.
Narrative: COMPLETED IFR PORTION OF FLT TO AST AND PROCEEDED VFR ALONG COAST TO DEST ARPT WHICH HAD NO INSTRUMENT PROCS. UNABLE TO LAND AT DEST DUE TO WX. UNABLE TO CONTACT FSS DUE TO UNCHARTED FREQ CHANGE. CONTINUED VFR TO NEXT FAC WITH FSS COMS, BUT FSS WAS TOO BUSY TO ASSIST AND TURNED PROB OVER TO ZSE. CLRNC WAS OBTAINED FROM ZSE. COM WITH ZSE REQUIRED MARGINAL VFR OPS TO ESTABLISH CONTACT AND OBTAIN IFR CLRNC. CHANGES AND DECREASING FSS SERVICE DECREASED THE SAFETY MARGINS OF THIS OPERATION. PLT WAS FORCED TO RELY UPON PROVISIONS OF FAR 91.3(B) AS BACK UP TO COMPENSATE FOR EXPECTED BUT UNAVAILABLE FSS SVC.
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.