Thankfully, studies such as these highlight improvements that pilots, as well as the industry as a whole, can make to improve the knowledge base and amend operational habits to make flying safer. Personally I only fly when I can drive to the airport with the roof down and the airco or heater off. I sometimes get called a “Tight A ” because I am a stickler to regulations and safety. I got the same license not the hours as this guy but I can’t follow his train of thought is that understandable English? General Discussion Search In. Clearly, those with lower certification levels could benefit from situational-based training SBT that concentrates on weather decision-making and risk assessment.

Not being a controller I can’t say if this is normal, but as a pilot I would not accept the same so easy. In the sky, looks can be deceiving, and every 50NM the weather can change drastically. Lessons Learned So what are the “takeaways” from this study? Makes you wonder if controllers should not have the power to tell a VFR pilot to abort and to obey. Pilots who don’t give Mother Nature the proper respect often find themselves humbled, scared and, in the worst of cases, injured or dead. I got the same license not the hours as this guy but I can’t follow his train of thought is that understandable English? Get too often to that limit and you are no longer welcome here.

But it also speaks to some of those hazardous attitudes we should all avoid, specifically overconfidence in one’s ability to cope with weather, that may exceed expectations and ihto.

Not to mention the mountain of paper work he would have had to fill out to keep his license.

Oddly, the significant majority of VFR into IMC accident pilots received a weather briefing, meaning they were concerned about the weather, or at the very least, knew of poor forecasted conditions. Not being a controller I can’t say if this is normal, but as a pilot I would not accept the same so easy.

aopa accident case study vfr into imc

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It’s not surprising that high or mountainous terrain would be more deadly for a pilot that inadvertently flies into poor weather, but there’s likely more to this “story. Sign In Sign Up. A significant number of weather briefings included “VFR not recommended” statements that clearly went unheeded.


Yet they seem to ‘fill in the gaps’ and accept that what they thought they heard was what was said. It is well known we accept more on the forum then on other forums. Yet this has a limit.

aopa accident case study vfr into imc

While there are many factors and influences that can cause pilots trouble in flight, weather is one of the most pervasive and prominent. But then again, I am known as a sissy pilot in the bar.

Finally, when he decided to turn back, it was already too late; They had a lost COMM situation and lost his transponder signal on RADAR; That is why they got worried and wondered if he was still alive Moreover, pilots may be accustomed to poor weather in high terrain and be more likely to “push the limits,” which seemed to afcident the case in many accidents in the state of Alaska.

That is simply NOT true.


But, in their defense – they can’t really do that because they cannot see the conditions that he is facing out the window and their restricted in their duties to provide a service and “not running the show”, if you get my meaning. The controllers are clearly upset and worried, mark the ‘he is still alive ‘ comment. Apart from one VFR crossing of Manhattan that was extremely tight and professional all those hours were in rural USA and controllers were far more relaxed then I was used to.

Of course, higher-time pilots are more likely to be exposed to poor weather. Well, if you can find the time and money, go get an IFR, it’ll only make you a better pilot and of course, more capable. But, under VFR flights, or Part 91 regulations you can even get away with doing your own thing if the airport facilities are shut down for the day.

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I have also never heard a weather report like the one in this event in France or Holland.

aopa accident case study vfr into imc

While the controller go way out to get him information he tells them he got 75 miles visibility. According to a study by Coyne, “Despite its importance for flight safety, manypilots believe weather is the most difficult and least understood subject in their pilot training.

Weather-briefer training could be modified or augmented to better provide pilots with accient emphasis on warnings and hazards that may positively influence pilot decision-making.

Accident Case Study: VFR into IMC – Air Safety Institute – AOPA App Gallery

These findings are intuitive, as poor weather is easier to see and avoid during the day, and ATC can provide assistance to pilots in trouble especially in high terrain. In this case, terrain, time of day, receipt of a weather briefing, filing a flight plan, pilot age, pilot flight time, pilot certification and communication with air traffic control were examined to see how they were related to or influenced the outcome of either a VFR into IMC accident, or an accident-unrelated VFR into IMC.

A prominent study by human vase and weather accident experts Juliana Goh and Douglas Wiegmann stated VFR into IMC accidents are “a major safety hazard within general aviation,” a fact clearly supported by accident statistics.

The controllers were also surely convinced he was violating VFR regulations.

Understanding VFR Into IMC Accidents

Two additional studies looked at some pilot demographics and environmental factors, but few statistics were offered as support. These codes will all be blocked by our systems and you will have to try to get your money back from the seller, we are unable to assist in these matters.

Among studies specifically focusing on weather and VFR into IMC, it has been identified that pilots often misunderstand weather or don’t receive adequate education on how to interpret studyy reports.