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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : bet|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 2000|
msl bound upper : 2000
|Controlling Facilities||tower : bet|
|Operator||common carrier : air taxi|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 1 Eng, Retractable Gear|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
descent : approach
|Affiliation||company : air taxi|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : commercial
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 100|
flight time total : 3000
flight time type : 100
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : local|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||inflight encounter other|
non adherence : far
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
I departed st marys at XA55 local time for bethel. It was 30 mins before civil, bethel was reporting good VFR. I was in cavu in st marys. I reached the control zone at approximately civil. The tower at that time was calling 18000 ft overcast and 2 mi visibility due to ice crystals. Special VFR clrncs were being issued. We held out of the zone and were issued a special at approximately XB00. I was on a 135 VFR flight, company policy is no specials after civil unless the pilot is IFR current and aircraft meets night VFR regulations. I'm IFR current and the aircraft met night VFR requirements, but after reading 91.171 the aircraft must also be IFR. Solution is to get the company to research its policy and I will not accept anything less than basic VFR at night. I would appreciate any comments or interpretations you may have in the areas of VFR flight into a control zone after civil 135. Callback conversation with reporter revealed the following: company has had a general pilot review of far and they have elected not to fly under special VFR conditions. At one time the FAA permitted the return flight to be operated under part 91 since no passenger were on board but now they are requiring the entire flight comply with part 135. Aircraft are equipped for IFR flight with the exception of the required check of the static system. FAA has not investigated the reported incident.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: ACCEPTED SPECIAL VFR CLRNC WHEN ACFT NOT QUALIFIED IFR.
Narrative: I DEPARTED ST MARYS AT XA55 LCL TIME FOR BETHEL. IT WAS 30 MINS BEFORE CIVIL, BETHEL WAS RPTING GOOD VFR. I WAS IN CAVU IN ST MARYS. I REACHED THE CTL ZONE AT APPROX CIVIL. THE TWR AT THAT TIME WAS CALLING 18000 FT OVCST AND 2 MI VISIBILITY DUE TO ICE CRYSTALS. SPECIAL VFR CLRNCS WERE BEING ISSUED. WE HELD OUT OF THE ZONE AND WERE ISSUED A SPECIAL AT APPROX XB00. I WAS ON A 135 VFR FLT, COMPANY POLICY IS NO SPECIALS AFTER CIVIL UNLESS THE PLT IS IFR CURRENT AND ACFT MEETS NIGHT VFR REGS. I'M IFR CURRENT AND THE ACFT MET NIGHT VFR REQUIREMENTS, BUT AFTER READING 91.171 THE ACFT MUST ALSO BE IFR. SOLUTION IS TO GET THE COMPANY TO RESEARCH ITS POLICY AND I WILL NOT ACCEPT ANYTHING LESS THAN BASIC VFR AT NIGHT. I WOULD APPRECIATE ANY COMMENTS OR INTERPRETATIONS YOU MAY HAVE IN THE AREAS OF VFR FLT INTO A CTL ZONE AFTER CIVIL 135. CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED THE FOLLOWING: COMPANY HAS HAD A GENERAL PLT REVIEW OF FAR AND THEY HAVE ELECTED NOT TO FLY UNDER SPECIAL VFR CONDITIONS. AT ONE TIME THE FAA PERMITTED THE RETURN FLT TO BE OPERATED UNDER PART 91 SINCE NO PAX WERE ON BOARD BUT NOW THEY ARE REQUIRING THE ENTIRE FLT COMPLY WITH PART 135. ACFT ARE EQUIPPED FOR IFR FLT WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE REQUIRED CHK OF THE STATIC SYS. FAA HAS NOT INVESTIGATED THE RPTED INCIDENT.
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.