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 Post subject: VFR into IMC
PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 5:58 pm 
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Today I decided to continue my US cross country trip with the Cherokee and finish this leg at Telluride. I took off from Carbon County Regional Airport with the following flight plan:

KPUC OAB 01UT ETL KTEX with alternate KGJT

The weather conditions were VFR till some point after 01UT and before ETL VOR. At the time I started the flight, the weather conditions at Telluride airport were MVFR and outside any potential bad/IFR weather. Things change, I did not check thoroughly the cloud movement and any potential TAFs for the area.

At some point before ETL VOR, I found myself flying under VFR rules in the following conditions:

The AWOS at Telluride gave 1/2SM visibility, which was way below the allowed minimums for runway 9 localizer approach.
I have completely lost ground contact.

I know, I should have executed a 180 and turn back, but I decided to take it straight to the alternate airport (KGJT, after checking that it is currently under VFR)

I headed Northwest (330) and after approximately 10min. of flight in IMC I got a glimpse of hope:

I have successfully landed at KGJT (little windy) with no complications whatsoever. (sorry forgot to take more pictures out of excitement I guess) :wink:

Note taken, I should have checked my weather and weather development in greater details. I got really on my toes when the weather changed into completely IFR even it is only a sim. I can't imagine what it is in the real world. I have read and watched many times that flying VFR into IMC is one of the main culprits for aircraft accidents.


Cub / Mustang / Skyhawk / Cherokee / Skylane / Texan

 Post subject: Re: VFR into IMC
PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:05 pm 
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You're right about that. Inadvertent flight into IMC can ruin a pilots day. The worst thing you can do is try and fly VFR in IMC conditions. It opens a pilot up to Spatial Disorientation and/or controlled flight into terrain.

Tom M.


 Post subject: Re: VFR into IMC
PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:32 am 
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Yup not ideal at all :shock:

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