What is 'altitude' 🧑‍🔧

I'd want to talk about "What is 'altitude'" in this article. Let's take a look at what it is and then respond to some frequent inquiries.

A quick answer is…

Height, measured as distance along the extended earth’s radius above a given datum, such as average sea level. Also: Angular displacement above the horizon measured by an altitude curve.

Altitude, like elevation, is the distance above sea level.

Areas are often considered "high-altitude" if they reach at least 2400 meters into the atmosphere.

The most high-altitude point on Earth is Mount Everest, in the Himalayan mountain range on the border of Nepal and the Chinese region of Tibet.

Let’s start by reviewing a few questions people ask:


How do I find the engineer's altitude...

You need to use the engineer's altitude (which is another term for pressure altitude). This is the altitude that an engineer would see on his or her altimeter with 29.92 set in the Kollsman window. To find the engineer's altitude, set 29.92 in your Kollsman window.

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