|37000 Feet||Browse and search NASA's
Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : cxy|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 600|
msl bound upper : 3000
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : cxy|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||descent : approach|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 45|
flight time total : 675
flight time type : 325
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : approach|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||inflight encounter : vfr in imc|
non adherence : far
non adherence : clearance
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
other flight crewa
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
IFR flight plan filed from N67 (PA) to 58N, a field west/O an instrument approach. Visibility was 1.5-2 mi due to haze from hot summer WX. Alternate destination was N76 (about 3 mi away) that has an instrument approach. Controller was assuming that a visual approach was not possible (harrisburg, 126.45) and asked several times if I wished to proceed to N76 for an approach. Actually, by vectors, controller had my aircraft 3 mi south of the field, and he turned me toward the field and asked again about an approach to N76. At this point, I had 58N in sight and turned to make a visual approach and lose some altitude. At this point, the controller asked if I had turned and expressed surprise that I had. It was important to keep the field in sight with the low visibility. The landing and approach were made west/O incident, and the IFR flight plan was cancelled on final approach. The situation was confusing mainly because of the assumption on the part of the controller that the required visibility was not present. This information was presumably from the WX data at harrisburg. My error was in not reporting the field in sight earlier. Callback conversation with reporter revealed the following: reporter states this was a very humbling experience. Now knows he should have cancelled IFR before turning to destination airport. Frequency very busy and could not get through to ATC, so turned to keep field in sight. Extreme haze condition.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: NON ADHERENCE TO ATC CLRNC.
Narrative: IFR FLT PLAN FILED FROM N67 (PA) TO 58N, A FIELD W/O AN INSTRUMENT APCH. VIS WAS 1.5-2 MI DUE TO HAZE FROM HOT SUMMER WX. ALTERNATE DEST WAS N76 (ABOUT 3 MI AWAY) THAT HAS AN INSTRUMENT APCH. CTLR WAS ASSUMING THAT A VISUAL APCH WAS NOT POSSIBLE (HARRISBURG, 126.45) AND ASKED SEVERAL TIMES IF I WISHED TO PROCEED TO N76 FOR AN APCH. ACTUALLY, BY VECTORS, CTLR HAD MY ACFT 3 MI S OF THE FIELD, AND HE TURNED ME TOWARD THE FIELD AND ASKED AGAIN ABOUT AN APCH TO N76. AT THIS POINT, I HAD 58N IN SIGHT AND TURNED TO MAKE A VISUAL APCH AND LOSE SOME ALT. AT THIS POINT, THE CTLR ASKED IF I HAD TURNED AND EXPRESSED SURPRISE THAT I HAD. IT WAS IMPORTANT TO KEEP THE FIELD IN SIGHT WITH THE LOW VIS. THE LNDG AND APCH WERE MADE W/O INCIDENT, AND THE IFR FLT PLAN WAS CANCELLED ON FINAL APCH. THE SITUATION WAS CONFUSING MAINLY BECAUSE OF THE ASSUMPTION ON THE PART OF THE CTLR THAT THE REQUIRED VIS WAS NOT PRESENT. THIS INFO WAS PRESUMABLY FROM THE WX DATA AT HARRISBURG. MY ERROR WAS IN NOT RPTING THE FIELD IN SIGHT EARLIER. CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED THE FOLLOWING: RPTR STATES THIS WAS A VERY HUMBLING EXPERIENCE. NOW KNOWS HE SHOULD HAVE CANCELLED IFR BEFORE TURNING TO DEST ARPT. FREQ VERY BUSY AND COULD NOT GET THROUGH TO ATC, SO TURNED TO KEEP FIELD IN SIGHT. EXTREME HAZE CONDITION.
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.