Since I was still IFR and on a vector, I couldn't just go zooming around out here, looking for the airport, without canceling IFR
With clear skies and the airport in sight we could have potentially made things easier by canceling IFR
I was in IMC for maybe five minutes before breaking out and canceling IFR
If canceling IFR
and still in Class E airspace, you need to remain 500 feet below the clouds with 3 miles of visibility until reaching Class G airspace, if any.
You might have minimized that possibility by canceling IFR
with a Class B clearance request: "If you can give me a Class Bravo clearance, I can cancel IFR.
And pilots have been violated for canceling IFR
with approach while inside the confines of Class D airspace but before they were handed off to the tower--suddenly the pilot is in Class D airspace without permission to be there.
I favor just canceling IFR
while airborne if those conditions are met.
The only thing you're doing by not canceling IFR
is holding other IFR arrivals in the air.