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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : fam|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 5000|
msl bound upper : 5000
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : zkc|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 1 Eng, Retractable Gear|
|Flight Phase||descent : approach|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : private
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 62|
flight time total : 642
flight time type : 613
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : radar|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
other other : unspecified
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Consequence||faa : reviewed incident with flight crew|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
I arrived at fam at approximately XA10 in 8/88, on an IFR flight plan from tul. The following morning before my departure, fam airport manager informed me that he had received a call at his home the previous night to verify my safe arrival because my IFR flight plan had not been closed. The airport office was closed at the time of my arrival. My impression and opinion is that I cancelled IFR with the controller just prior to reaching the farmington VOR at which time I changed to the fam CTAF unicom frequency for communicating with local traffic during my approach and landing. My recollection of the events prior to departing center frequency was that the controller pointed out the airport to me (6-8 mi to my left) while I was approaching the fam VOR on V72/190. I reported that I had visual contact with the airport (beacon). The controller gave me frequencys to come back up on. A few moments later the controller contacted me to release me for the approach at which time I informed the controller that I would go VFR. The controller acknowledged my parting response. From my point of view the IFR flight plan was closed. Had it not been, in my impression, the controller's final response to me would have been 'report cancelling IFR.' callback conversation with reporter revealed the following: reporter felt when given clearance for the visual approach the center would accept that as cancelling his flight plan. Counseled as to the necessity of using the words: 'cancel IFR and my flight plan.' says in the future he will be much more aware of the problem and will not let this incident happen again. Instrument advised him of the ASRS program.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: FAILED TO CANCEL IFR FLT PLAN.
Narrative: I ARRIVED AT FAM AT APPROX XA10 IN 8/88, ON AN IFR FLT PLAN FROM TUL. THE FOLLOWING MORNING BEFORE MY DEP, FAM ARPT MGR INFORMED ME THAT HE HAD RECEIVED A CALL AT HIS HOME THE PREVIOUS NIGHT TO VERIFY MY SAFE ARR BECAUSE MY IFR FLT PLAN HAD NOT BEEN CLOSED. THE ARPT OFFICE WAS CLOSED AT THE TIME OF MY ARR. MY IMPRESSION AND OPINION IS THAT I CANCELLED IFR WITH THE CTLR JUST PRIOR TO REACHING THE FARMINGTON VOR AT WHICH TIME I CHANGED TO THE FAM CTAF UNICOM FREQ FOR COMMUNICATING WITH LCL TFC DURING MY APCH AND LNDG. MY RECOLLECTION OF THE EVENTS PRIOR TO DEPARTING CENTER FREQ WAS THAT THE CTLR POINTED OUT THE ARPT TO ME (6-8 MI TO MY LEFT) WHILE I WAS APCHING THE FAM VOR ON V72/190. I RPTED THAT I HAD VISUAL CONTACT WITH THE ARPT (BEACON). THE CTLR GAVE ME FREQS TO COME BACK UP ON. A FEW MOMENTS LATER THE CTLR CONTACTED ME TO RELEASE ME FOR THE APCH AT WHICH TIME I INFORMED THE CTLR THAT I WOULD GO VFR. THE CTLR ACKNOWLEDGED MY PARTING RESPONSE. FROM MY POINT OF VIEW THE IFR FLT PLAN WAS CLOSED. HAD IT NOT BEEN, IN MY IMPRESSION, THE CTLR'S FINAL RESPONSE TO ME WOULD HAVE BEEN 'RPT CANCELLING IFR.' CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED THE FOLLOWING: RPTR FELT WHEN GIVEN CLRNC FOR THE VISUAL APCH THE CENTER WOULD ACCEPT THAT AS CANCELLING HIS FLT PLAN. COUNSELED AS TO THE NECESSITY OF USING THE WORDS: 'CANCEL IFR AND MY FLT PLAN.' SAYS IN THE FUTURE HE WILL BE MUCH MORE AWARE OF THE PROB AND WILL NOT LET THIS INCIDENT HAPPEN AGAIN. INSTR ADVISED HIM OF THE ASRS PROGRAM.
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.