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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : mce|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 1000|
msl bound upper : 1000
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : mer|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 1 Eng, Retractable Gear|
|Flight Phase||descent : approach|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : cfi|
pilot : commercial
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 60|
flight time total : 1500
flight time type : 800
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : approach|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||inflight encounter : weather|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
Was on IFR clearance from oak to mce. Mce was reporting 3/4 mi in ground fog. I executed 2 ILS approachs with missed on each miss after adding power I saw the runway the miss incorporated left traffic. I asked ATC to go VFR and right traffic. I did not understand that this was not legal until after, even though right traffic was unlimited clear. As soon as I landed mce reported VFR. Callback conversation with reporter revealed following information. Reporter states pressure of just getting airplane down after three attempts, plus frustration of having half of the runway clearly visible and half in fog caused snap decision to cancel IFR. Knows regulations, realizes should have asked for circle to land and remained IFR. No tower at mce, no comment from approach.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: VFR LNDG BELOW MINIMUMS.
Narrative: WAS ON IFR CLRNC FROM OAK TO MCE. MCE WAS RPTING 3/4 MI IN GND FOG. I EXECUTED 2 ILS APCHS WITH MISSED ON EACH MISS AFTER ADDING PWR I SAW THE RWY THE MISS INCORPORATED LEFT TFC. I ASKED ATC TO GO VFR AND RIGHT TFC. I DID NOT UNDERSTAND THAT THIS WAS NOT LEGAL UNTIL AFTER, EVEN THOUGH RIGHT TFC WAS UNLIMITED CLR. AS SOON AS I LANDED MCE RPTED VFR. CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED FOLLOWING INFO. REPORTER STATES PRESSURE OF JUST GETTING AIRPLANE DOWN AFTER THREE ATTEMPTS, PLUS FRUSTRATION OF HAVING HALF OF THE RWY CLEARLY VISIBLE AND HALF IN FOG CAUSED SNAP DECISION TO CANCEL IFR. KNOWS REGULATIONS, REALIZES SHOULD HAVE ASKED FOR CIRCLE TO LAND AND REMAINED IFR. NO TWR AT MCE, NO COMMENT FROM APCH.
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.