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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.