Ok, here goes. This story really has 2 parts.
Part 1: I filed an IFR flight through DUATS, tried to open it in flight, told to remain VFR, never got radar contact nor clearance, told to “try Dayton approach”. Contacted Dayton approach, couldn’t get radar contact or clearance, passed out of their Com coverage area, and basically said to hell with it, I’ll just remain VFR and continue my flight. Apparently, ATC activates your flight plan whether or not you get a clearance or radar contact.
Part 2: If a flight plan gets activated and not closed, they will come looking for you. [;)] My FBO found me 7 hours later, at home, and told me that people were looking for me. I called Terre Haute Fllight Service and asked them if they were looking for me. They said they were looking for N84PD, but didn’t know who the pilot was. OK, I am trying to control myself at this point, when I ask for a supervisor, and then ask why didn’t you look at my name and cell phone number on the flight plan, and just give me a call, after I failed to show up at my destination. The supervisor, then exclaimed "We don’t get the pilot and phone info from the Duats flight plan, we NEVER HAVE. She then explained that she really prefers that we file through the FSS because of that fact. UNFREAKINBELIEVABLE!
Brian, I have been using DUATS for like 10 years, never a problem, but something like this you wouldn’t find out until you didn’t close the flight plan, and they came looking for you, but didn’t know where to look, SINCE THEY DON’T KNOW YOUR NAME OR PHONE NUMBER. [:@] I still don’t believe this, I have a call in for a DTC Duats supervisor.
Side note: Mike Radomsky, is this the same FSS that told you that some Illinois airport was open but didn’t tell you that all of the runways were closed?