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    Well am a pilot my self and just an update...
    Russia and China ( Hong Kong ) DO use METERS instead of feet for altitude

    Wow, that actually really, really surprises me! I am a pilot as well, (Strictly private pilots license in Cessna's and the likes). I was always under the understanding that everything aviation related was based on the U.S.'s standards, going to back where flight first took place.

    I know it is mandatory that all pilots and controllers speak English no matter where they are in the world. Thus a Hong Kong pilot, speaking to a Hong Kong air traffic controller, is all done in English.

    I was also under the assumption that all Altimeters were read in feet as well. I can't immagine a U.S. pilot getting into an aircraft and the Altimeter being in meters! Having 2 different measurements of read out on one of the very most important gauges in the cluster just does not seem like a good idea to me.

    I could hear the Black Box recording now, when on the downwind leg for landing:

    Aircraft: Altitude!....Terrain!...Pull Up!...Pull Up!
    Pilot: (confusion in his voice) Huh...We are at 400 Meters!
    Co Pilot: Negative! We are 400 FEET!!!!!
    [sound of crunching metal]

    Quote Originally Posted by vicky_obee View Post
    Climb 11600 mtrs ( one one thousand six hundered meters )
    Now, just out of curiosity: If this is the case then shouldn't it be read as "Climb to 1160 meters"? (Leaving off the trailing zero like is done for feet?) or is that the way they handle it in meters?
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    Beeing an german airforce pilot(retired), I have never heard of an aircraft with an Altimeter in meters..
    11600 meters would be 38057.742 feet. Some statistics.

    Fighter jets of today have a maximum operating altitude of aorund 60,000 feet.
    However, the word operating must be stressed. A F-105 starfighter has been past 100,000 feet before.
    So has the an F-15, reaching 115,000 feet or so highest record flight by a fighter equipped with missiles (therefore having a tactical purpose) is the MiG-25 Foxbat carrying 4 Archer Air to Air missiles. It reached an altitude of 125,635 feet.
    These are record flights, intended for no other purpose but to show off, or test the extended capabilities of aircraft. They have no tactical advantage. and these aircraft are not designed to fly at those altitudes the plane with the highest operating altitude, is the SR-71, which flies between 80,000 and 85,000 feet. This means the plane was designed to fly that high. it was meant to, it didn't need to be pushed hard, or specially modified to attain that height.

    Now back on topic.

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    And as we found out today, a large mylar-coated balloon filled with helium can go to an altitude of around 7,000 feet
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    If I jump from my porch, I can reach an altitude of 15 feet. Landing is a little rough but that is my record altitude unmodified, not meant to do this though.
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    Oh yeah,
    I dont even have a pilots liscense. But was speaking french after I hit the ground.
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    Hi everybody.

    Sorry for the late reply. The thing with the metters is that in Romania we use meters in our day to day life and it is more easy for me to see it like this in my car as I never used feet.
    I will try to make modifications to the altimeter as soon as the time allows me. It is my first flash project and I trying now to add the number display inside it to be animated, not just a text field.
    I have the following problems here and maybe you can help me:

    -All the needle movement that the altimeter does is based on a movie, from frame 0 to frame 15000 wich is maximum and means 3000 on the clock.
    I can extend this to all full 10000 (reducing the precision of the needle) if it is necesary but my top altitude in my country doesn't exceed 3000 meters.

    In case of feet display I can make this automaticaly display depending of the riderunner settings.
    This will update automatically the text for the precision 10 meters or 100 feet.
    So with 0-3000 range you can reach 30000 feet, please correct me if I am wrong.
    The altimeter as it is works for me in meters like I want it to. Let me know what suits for you better to have it in feet also.

    I will try to make the analog display of the exact altitude (like in old carrs miles counter), but this is harder if I make the automatic switch of 10/100 precision for meters/feet

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnWPB View Post
    Wow, that actually really, really surprises me! I am a pilot as well, (Strictly private pilots license in Cessna's and the likes). I was always under the understanding that everything aviation related was based on the U.S.'s standards, going to back where flight first took place.

    I know it is mandatory that all pilots and controllers speak English no matter where they are in the world. Thus a Hong Kong pilot, speaking to a Hong Kong air traffic controller, is all done in English.

    I was also under the assumption that all Altimeters were read in feet as well. I can't immagine a U.S. pilot getting into an aircraft and the Altimeter being in meters! Having 2 different measurements of read out on one of the very most important gauges in the cluster just does not seem like a good idea to me.

    I could hear the Black Box recording now, when on the downwind leg for landing:

    Aircraft: Altitude!....Terrain!...Pull Up!...Pull Up!
    Pilot: (confusion in his voice) Huh...We are at 400 Meters!
    Co Pilot: Negative! We are 400 FEET!!!!!
    [sound of crunching metal]


    Now, just out of curiosity: If this is the case then shouldn't it be read as "Climb to 1160 meters"? (Leaving off the trailing zero like is done for feet?) or is that the way they handle it in meters?
    1..Ok Just a quick update about English... Its mandatory BUT still MANY parts of the world the Controllers and Pilots communicate in there NATIVE language ( HK, Russia,Tjakisthan etc )
    2.. US does fly world wide and ALSO use METERS --of course the modern air planes have a quick PB to change from meter to feet and vice versa ( matter of fact both values are displayed )
    3..while using meters ALL the digits are read out.. like 11600 ( so its announced as One One thousand Six Hundred Meters ... unlike what you said as in feet ( FL 110 or so)
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    [QUOTE=MGD;1349783]Beeing an german airforce pilot(retired), I have never heard of an aircraft with an Altimeter in meters..
    11600 meters would be 38057.742 feet. Some statistics.

    Well stats are right other .wise but DECIMALS are not used for flying so round off is the way aviation goes.. So its adds up to 38100 Ft ( FL 381 )
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    Is it possible to have a setting to set in meters or miles ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vicky_obee View Post
    of course the modern air planes have a quick PB to change from meter to feet and vice versa ( matter of fact both values are displayed )
    Very interesting Vicky, I learn something new every day!
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