|37000 Feet||Browse and search NASA's
Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : lgb|
|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||cruise other|
|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 lgb for riverside at the eastern end of the la basin. It was my first flight in the area, my second in the airplane (in 4 yrs) within 30 days, and I was solo. I was going through constant iteration and reiteration trying to find myself on the chart and remain legal, ie, clear of TCA's and arsa's. With the haze and the continuous metropolitan area (initially) I was really uncomfortable with navigation and watching for aircraft. Conclusion: in the la area, don't fly VFR and don't fly west/O someone along to help you navigation 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.
Narrative: DEPARTED VFR FROM LGB FOR RIVERSIDE AT THE EASTERN END OF THE LA BASIN. IT WAS MY FIRST FLT IN THE AREA, MY SECOND IN THE AIRPLANE (IN 4 YRS) WITHIN 30 DAYS, AND I WAS SOLO. I WAS GOING THROUGH CONSTANT ITERATION AND REITERATION TRYING TO FIND MYSELF ON THE CHART AND REMAIN LEGAL, IE, CLEAR OF TCA'S AND ARSA'S. WITH THE HAZE AND THE CONTINUOUS METROPOLITAN AREA (INITIALLY) I WAS REALLY UNCOMFORTABLE WITH NAV AND WATCHING FOR ACFT. CONCLUSION: IN THE LA AREA, DON'T FLY VFR AND DON'T FLY W/O SOMEONE ALONG TO HELP YOU NAV 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.