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Fri, Jun 02, 2006

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.02.06): Flight Level

Aero-Terms!

Designed to be a daily reminder of the terms, names, acronyms and explanations of the unique language that populates the aviation world, ANN Contributor Aleta "I'm Not Making An Asterisk Of Myself" Vinas will be selecting... and presenting unique aeronautical terms each day from all tiers of the aviation world...

Aerospace, sport aviation, fixed wing, helo, you name it... it's all fair game and with a full year's selection already coming together, we can assure you that Aero-Terms should serve as a quick but intriguing reminder of the terms you may use every day or an introduction to an aspects of the Aero-World you may not yet be familiar with. ANN also encourages readers to go beyond the FMI link, and further research any intriguing terms.

Cool, no?

Suggestions for future Aero-Terms are ALWAYS welcome, as are additions or discussion of the explanations given for each Aero-Term.

Flight Level

A level of constant atmospheric pressure related to a reference datum of 29.92 inches of mercury. Flight Level starts at 18,000 feet or FL180. Each is stated in three digits that represent hundreds of feet. Three digits are easier than five for most pilots.

FMI: www.risingup.com/fars/info/part1-1-FAR.shtml

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