Marginal VFR demonstration





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Published on Nov 29, 2011

After looking at the 100 or so replies from the Chicago crash - I looked outside at 10am and saw it was VFR at BDR, and VFR at DXR. But knowing the local stuff I also knew that it would be very iffy in between those 2 airports. It did not disappoint, so I took this flight to teach for those of us of how Marginal VFR, is well - MARGINAL, and really depends where you land on the geographic map and who is reporting the weather. Even though the destination was reporting VFR, we didn't see the airport until literally on the downwind.

Now the trick was this - DXR's automated reporter was indicating weather completely different. The low vis areas were to the south of the field where I was coming in from - but the tower was doing the METAR manually and when we had listened to the ATIS, it was Visibility unrestricted, scattered 1300, overcast 6000. Yet - upon getting closer we were looking at lowering ceilings - but then the ATIS was saying what it was. There is a reason. This is one of those sucker areas that can grab the nugget and kill him. The tower was mainly reporting weather and how it looked to the north of the airport. Now if we were approaching from the north - the visibility was really unrestricted and everything was fine. But if we were some poor sap coming up from the south without the local knowledge and we saw this in front of us - lets hope the common sense kicks in.

KDXR 291700Z 09005KT 2SM -RA BR SCT008 BKN020 OVC035 15/14 A2997 RMK AO2 P0001
KDXR 291653Z 11005KT 3SM -RA BR SCT008 BKN026 OVC036 15/14 A2997 RMK AO2 RAE33B49 SLP150 P0005 T01500144
KDXR 291630Z 12005KT 4SM -RA BR FEW008 BKN026 OVC036 15/14 A2999 RMK AO2 PRESFR P0005
KDXR 291625Z 13004KT 1 1/4SM -RA BR SCT008 BKN026 OVC034 15/14 A2999 RMK AO2 P0005
KDXR 291618Z 13008KT 3/4SM RA BR SCT008 BKN026 OVC041 15/14 A3000 RMK AO2 P0004
KDXR 291609Z 16007KT 1SM -RA BR BKN008 OVC036 15/14 A3001 RMK AO2 P0001

KBDR 291652Z 16015G19KT 10SM BKN050 OVC060 18/12 A2996 RMK AO2 RAB1553E04 SLP145 P0000 T01780117
KBDR 291552Z 14004KT 10SM SCT047 OVC055 16/12 A3002 RMK AO2 SLP164 T01560122

KBDR 291439Z 2915/3012 10008KT P6SM SCT035 BKN070 FM291800 13009KT P6SM BKN030 FM292000 13010KT 4SM -DZ BR OVC015 FM300100 13011KT 3SM -RA BR OVC007 FM300600 20013G22KT 2SM -RA BR OVC007 FM301100 22011KT P6SM BKN080


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