minimum flight altitude


minimum flight altitude
The lowest safe height above sea level at which aircraft may operate under IFR (instrument flight rules) conditions.

Aviation dictionary. 2014.

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  • Minimum Safe Altitude Warning — (MSAW) is an automated warning system for air traffic controllers (ATCO). It is a ground based safety net intended to warn the controller about increased risk of controlled flight into terrain accidents by generating, in a timely manner, an alert …   Wikipedia

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