1.15. Barometric Altimeter Setting Procedures

The procedures in the following paragraphs should be followed for setting of altimeters in various circumstances:

[These are suggested procedures for setting of barometric altimeters. If your company already has procedures that differ, there is probably no reason to change. Merely document your procedures in this subsection.]

  1. When receiving an altimeter setting that is either new or unchanged from another agency by radio, the applicable flight crew member should read that altimeter setting back to the agency. An example follows.
    1. "Transport One Five Niner [replace with company call sign and flight number] checks we are cleared to 4000, altimeter two niner eight niner."
  2. For transition between the Standard and Altimeter Setting Regions the PF should call "Transition, set 2989 inches." If the PF is occupied with other duties and does not call for an altimeter setting at transition, the PNF or FE should make that call. Once the call at transition is made, the procedure in the next paragraph and following table should be used.
  3. When a new altimeter has been received for transition between the Standard and Altimeter Setting Regions, or when the checklist calls for a verification of the altimeter setting, the following procedure should be used to set or confirm the aircraft altimeters. Note that the order indicated is to be used regardless of whether the PF is the pilot or co-pilot.

[If your aircraft is equipped with a standby altimeter, indicate which crew member is to set it. Also indicate if there are times when company policy permits setting the standby altimeter or any other altimeter to a different setting than that being used to fly the aircraft. For example, some operators set the standby altimeter to the local altimeter at top of descent while the aircraft is still in the Standard Pressure Region, but leave the primary altimeters set to 29.92 In Hg until transition.]

Table 1-1 Standard Calls - Altimeter Setting
Pilot  Co-pilot  Flight Engineer (FE)
Set altimeter new setting, or confirm setting of 29.89 In Hg.
  • State "2989 inches set Pilot."
Set altimeter new setting, or confirm setting of 29.89 In Hg.
  • State "2989 inches set Co-pilot." 
Set altimeter new setting, or confirm setting of 29.89 In Hg.
  • State "2989 inches set Engineer."


 

 
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