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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.12.10): Minimum Descent Altitude

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Minimum Descent Altitude

The lowest altitude, expressed in feet above mean sea level, to which descent is authorized on final approach or during circle-to-land maneuvering in execution of a standard instrument approach procedure where no electronic glideslope is provided.

FMI: http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/atpubs/pcg/M.HTM

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