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Dear Cal

Do the altimeter Flight instrument indicates with accuracy the plane Altitude from the ground level to the pilot?.

How does the Altimeter Flight instrument measure the Altitude?.


Yes, the altimeter is accurate in displaying the airplane's altitude above the ground. If it is set one way, it shows height above the ground below the airplane. That is when operating near an airport. When flying between airports, it displays height above sea level.

The measurement is based upon differential air pressure.  


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I accrued 1,837 hours as a C-133 navigator out of a total of 6,738 flying hours in the USAF. Twelve years of that time were as a crew member, the other years were in various training assignments and as a USAF intelligence officer. My flying experience includes time in the B-52H, C-141, C-133, AC-130, C-130 and the C-5A. I have considerable knowledge in general aviatio history.

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