Altimeter setting

Altimeter setting is the value of the atmospheric pressure used to adjust the sub-scale of a pressure altimeter so that it indicates the height of an aircraft above a known reference surface.[1] This reference can be the mean sea level pressure (QNH), the pressure at the nearby surface airport or the pressure level of 1,013.25 hectopascals (29.92 inches of mercury) which gives the standard flight levels

The altimeter setting QNH is one of the data included in METAR messages from weather stations in addition to the surface pressure. An alternative setting is QFE:

QNH and QFE are arbitrary Q codes rather than abbreviations, but the mnemonics "nautical height" (for QNH) and "field elevation" (for QFE) are often used by pilots to distinguish between them.


  1. World Meteorological Organization. "Altimeter setting". Eumetcal. Retrieved January 2, 2016.
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