The pilot requested a special VFR
clearance, but that was denied as the airport had an inbound IFR flight to handle, according to the report.
Before you get a contact approach, some more boxes need to be checked, starting with weather minimums on par with Special VFR
and Class G airspace.
Even after cutting the flight short and keeping my speed as high as possible, a special VFR
clearance was required to land at the field that very quickly became socked in after we touched down.
We were all familiar with the area, and I was confident I could lead the section back using Special VFR
(SVFR) procedures for the short 25-minute flight home.
The pilot later realized the serious risk he took in scud-running so low, in effect creating his own brand of Special VFR
, and that his illogical rationalizing had nearly cost him his life.
Think of assuming responsibility for your own terrain separation to be an IFR equivalent of a Special VFR
clearance when flying visually--it's something to be done primarily at your home airport where you are extremely familiar with the surroundings.
Even if the ceiling that night was right at VMC, we were still covered under special VFR
with minimums of 500 feet and one mile visibility per the OPNAVINST 3710.7U.
There's a reason the FARs require greater visibility to maintain VFR at night in uncontrolled airspace, and that special VFR
at night requires an IFR-qualified airplane and an instrument-current pilot.
ATC is authorized to issue Special VFR
clearances into Class E surface areas.
When the visibility started to decrease and I was instructed to climb, I could have requested to remain special VFR
and proceed inbound direct.
: Section 91.157 creates a category of hazards in its own league.
However, if we get someone requesting VFR-on-top or Special VFR
(or just curious about the tops) we'll have the information handy.