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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.03.20): Cold Temperature Compensation

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Cold Temperature Compensation

An action on the part of the pilot to adjust an aircraft’s indicated altitude due to the effect of cold temperatures on true altitude above terrain versus aircraft indicated altitude. The amount of compensation required increases at a greater rate with a decrease in temperature and increase in height above the reporting station.

FMI: www.faa.gov

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