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Sat, Dec 30, 2017

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.30.17): Minimum Safe Altitude (MSA)

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Minimum Safe Altitude (MSA)

The minimum altitude depicted on approach charts which provides at least 1,000 feet of obstacle clearance for emergency use within a specified distance from the listed navigation facility.

FMI: www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/handbooks_manuals/aviation/phak/media/21_phak_glossary.pdf

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