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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : 09m|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||climbout : takeoff|
ground : preflight
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 65|
flight time total : 772
flight time type : 563
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||other personnel other|
|Anomaly||inflight encounter : weather|
non adherence : far
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||controller : issued new clearance|
none taken : detected after the fact
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
While flying from jan to mem in encountered rapidly deteriorating conditions. Rather than file IFR while continuing VFR I landed at what turned out to be an unattended airport. It took 20-30 minutes for me to flag down a truck and get change to call FSS. While standing in the rain filing my flight plan I gave the wrong airport as my departure point. I filed from cleveland, ms when I was at charleston, ms (a VFR airport). Being unfamiliar with the area I did remember that it begun with a 'C'. By the time I departed conditions had improved, temporarily, to VFR. The error was brought to my attention by ATC.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: GA SMA FILED AN IFR FLT PLAN TO DEPART RNV BUT THE REPORTER WAS AT 09M.
Narrative: WHILE FLYING FROM JAN TO MEM IN ENCOUNTERED RAPIDLY DETERIORATING CONDITIONS. RATHER THAN FILE IFR WHILE CONTINUING VFR I LANDED AT WHAT TURNED OUT TO BE AN UNATTENDED ARPT. IT TOOK 20-30 MINUTES FOR ME TO FLAG DOWN A TRUCK AND GET CHANGE TO CALL FSS. WHILE STANDING IN THE RAIN FILING MY FLT PLAN I GAVE THE WRONG ARPT AS MY DEP POINT. I FILED FROM CLEVELAND, MS WHEN I WAS AT CHARLESTON, MS (A VFR ARPT). BEING UNFAMILIAR WITH THE AREA I DID REMEMBER THAT IT BEGUN WITH A 'C'. BY THE TIME I DEPARTED CONDITIONS HAD IMPROVED, TEMPORARILY, TO VFR. THE ERROR WAS BROUGHT TO MY ATTN BY ATC.
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.