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Wikipedia, In aviation, pressure altitude is the indicated altitude when an altimeter is set to an agreed baseline pressure setting. This setting – 101,325 Pa, equivalent to 1013.25 millibar (or hectopascals), or 29.92 inches Hg – is equivalent to the air pressure at mean sea level (MSL) in the International Standard Atmosphere (ISA). Pressure altitude is primarily used in aircraft performance calculations and in highaltitude flight (above the transition altitude). In radio communication, the baseline pressure setting is referred to by the Q code QNE. The relationship between static pressure and pressure altitude is defined in terms of the properties of the International Standard Atmosphere. Up to 36,090 ft this can be expressed as: Where:
For example:
SimplificationOne simplification of the Pressure Altitude that is a bit more practical to pilots in the United States and Canada than the above formula is the following: Where
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Published  July 2009
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