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Old 11-05-2017, 06:29 PM
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Default VFR pilot into IMC

VFR pilot into IMC. That was me yesterday in Springfield Missouri And I didn't get on the gauges for almost 30 seconds. I was at 600 ft AGL under a ceiling totally in the goo and in a turn back to the airport. I was doing what every mishap pilot does, looking out the window searching for the ground. I was lucky and learned from the scare. For 30 years as an Air Force Aerospace Physiologist I taught pilots to get on the gauges. I got humbled, it's easier said than done.

What I learned
- transition to instrument early and especially in a turn
- god saved me this time, I won't ask again
- instrument training starts now
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Old 11-05-2017, 06:58 PM
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IFR = It's For Real
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Old 11-05-2017, 07:32 PM
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You did good, Paul, and you're here to tell about it. By coincidence, I encountered a similar situation last week. It's scary.
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Old 11-05-2017, 07:34 PM
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Wow, glad it turned out ok, do you have auto pilot?
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Old 11-05-2017, 08:05 PM
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- instrument training starts now
Good on you but remember that even with the IFR rating, you never want to be VFR into IFR conditions. You may be able to keep the wings level but unless you are on an IFR flight plan, you have no idea where the other aluminum or rocks are in the clouds.

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Old 11-05-2017, 08:08 PM
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Default Autopilot didn't save me

I do have autopilot and that's the trap I learned about being a VFR pilot in IMC.

I didn't engage the autopilot because in my moment of panic I didn't want to continue straight into the goo so I initiated a turn back to the airport.

Thinking about it now I should have continued straight and level or slight climb into the weather and then initiate a controlled turn back.

Or better yet admit that METARS yellow means stay on the ground untold I get my ticket.
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Old 11-05-2017, 08:25 PM
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Been there, done that, was convinced I was going to die.

Glad you are still here.
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Old 11-05-2017, 08:59 PM
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So glad you're alive to tell your story and no one got hurt. It takes courage to admit but it's good for souls. Yours and ours.

The conditions in your part of the country are so different then what I'm used to here.
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Old 11-05-2017, 09:46 PM
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Been there, done that. A couple of indistinct cloud layers <apparently> converged on me. Did a 180 and RTB'd. As the OP said, I should have engaged the AP and had "George" do the 180 for me.

'Twasn't scary, but it was a little sobering.
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Old 11-05-2017, 10:47 PM
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I punched my AP and focused on altitude...decided I would count to 30 and if not cleared, I?d climb. I knew it was clear above me, I thought I had a good hole to the airport, ?one little cloud? was about 15 seconds of total vision loss.

I?d had my ezpilot installed for about a month...I had just listened a few months ago to an ATC track of a guy flipping out in brief IMC, and I didn?t want to be that guy. At about an 8 count, I cleared, continued to airport and landed in MVFR.

Someone else said sobering. Indeed.
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