Altitude MSL and AGL Problem

This post was flagged by the community and is temporarily hidden.

1 Like

Well, what altitude do you want? ATC gives instructions in MSL. AGL is useful for landing, that’s about it.

1 Like

This post was flagged by the community and is temporarily hidden.

Use MSL for flight and taking instructions. AGL should give you reference to the ground so you do not come unrealistically close to hills, etc. Use it only if you are flying through mountainous terrain to keep tabs on how high you are from the ground.

Why are you landing above MLW?

This post was flagged by the community and is temporarily hidden.

1 Like

If you don’t like AGL, remove it from the bar. And it’s not a problem, it’s extremely useful information. Here’s something that will blow your mind–you’re actually at BOTH altitudes 😱

1 Like

(Didn’t mean to reply to you 707, carry on 😀)

3 Likes

Don’t always use your instruments, go visual as well, know the world is not a flat surface, there are mountains. Plan accordingly.

1 Like

image

20 Likes

This post was flagged by the community and is temporarily hidden.

1 Like

That pic is pure information. Thanks.

1 Like

Best answer.

Doesn’t get any easier than this graphic.

1 Like

Might I add that you may want to use a VFR charts to plan your route. That way you can avoid routing over high terrain.
There free to view at airnav.com
They also have approach plates free as well as providing pertinent info on your destination.

https://www.airnav.com/

Just stick to AGL when you are flying in regions like South California, Denver, CO

AGL means “above ground level” so whatever your AGL indicator is saying is how far you are off the ground. The MSL is how far you are off the ground from sea level. So you could be in Denver (say the airport is 7000 feet above sea level, when you’re on the ground) but your AGL will say “0” since you’re not off the ground. Since you’re 7000 feet above sea level your MSL will say 7000 because you’re 7000 feet above sea level.

I would never recommend flying using AGL as a main reference to altitude. We don’t in real life. Altimeter setting are based on atmospheric pressure not the ground.