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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : azo|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 3000|
msl bound upper : 3000
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : azo|
|Operator||general aviation : instructional|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||climbout : intermediate altitude|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 16|
flight time total : 152
flight time type : 152
|Function||instruction : instructor|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|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|
As a part of my instrument flight training I was to execute a simulated IFR cross country with a safety pilot. After receiving a WX briefing I filed an IFR flight plan. The WX was VMC and I would be able to conduct the flight with VFR clearance from the clouds. Upon returning to kalamazoo, while being vectored for the approach, the controller requested that I climb to 4000'. My safety pilot informed me that this would put us in the clouds and since neither of us were fully instrument rated, I declined the request. It was through the ensuing question and answer period that I discovered my serious mistake--that a VFR pilot cannot file an IFR flight plan, even if the WX is VMC. There were 2 contributing factors to this event: my own misunderstanding of far part 61.3, paragraph east, and being told by my first instrument to file IFR for a few of our dual flts. Although these flts were conducted dual I did not realize that it was his instrument rating which made this possible. Had I fully understood these 2 things I would not have filed this flight as IFR. As corrective action I spoke with my current instrument as well as the head of our flight department. He is bringing this event up with all instrs in the department to ensure this doesn't happen again. I also reread the far's re: IFR procedures.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: GA SMA NON IFR RATED PLT FILED IFR FLT PLAN.
Narrative: AS A PART OF MY INSTRUMENT FLT TRNING I WAS TO EXECUTE A SIMULATED IFR CROSS COUNTRY WITH A SAFETY PLT. AFTER RECEIVING A WX BRIEFING I FILED AN IFR FLT PLAN. THE WX WAS VMC AND I WOULD BE ABLE TO CONDUCT THE FLT WITH VFR CLRNC FROM THE CLOUDS. UPON RETURNING TO KALAMAZOO, WHILE BEING VECTORED FOR THE APCH, THE CTLR REQUESTED THAT I CLB TO 4000'. MY SAFETY PLT INFORMED ME THAT THIS WOULD PUT US IN THE CLOUDS AND SINCE NEITHER OF US WERE FULLY INSTRUMENT RATED, I DECLINED THE REQUEST. IT WAS THROUGH THE ENSUING QUESTION AND ANSWER PERIOD THAT I DISCOVERED MY SERIOUS MISTAKE--THAT A VFR PLT CANNOT FILE AN IFR FLT PLAN, EVEN IF THE WX IS VMC. THERE WERE 2 CONTRIBUTING FACTORS TO THIS EVENT: MY OWN MISUNDERSTANDING OF FAR PART 61.3, PARAGRAPH E, AND BEING TOLD BY MY FIRST INSTR TO FILE IFR FOR A FEW OF OUR DUAL FLTS. ALTHOUGH THESE FLTS WERE CONDUCTED DUAL I DID NOT REALIZE THAT IT WAS HIS INSTRUMENT RATING WHICH MADE THIS POSSIBLE. HAD I FULLY UNDERSTOOD THESE 2 THINGS I WOULD NOT HAVE FILED THIS FLT AS IFR. AS CORRECTIVE ACTION I SPOKE WITH MY CURRENT INSTR AS WELL AS THE HEAD OF OUR FLT DEPT. HE IS BRINGING THIS EVENT UP WITH ALL INSTRS IN THE DEPT TO ENSURE THIS DOESN'T HAPPEN AGAIN. I ALSO REREAD THE FAR'S RE: IFR PROCS.
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.