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Aviation Altitude Types

Types of aviation altitudes:

Indicated Altitude – Altitude data shown on the altimeter using the current altimeter setting input by the pilot.

True Altitude – Height above mean sea level (MSL).

Absolute Altitude – Height above ground level (AGL).

Pressure Altitude – Indicated altitude when an altimeter is set to 29.92 in Hg and used primarily in performance calculations at high altitude flight.

Density Altitude – Pressure altitude corrected for nonstandard temperature variations.

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