Transition Altitudes Around the World


In domestic flight you are likely used to changing your altimeter settings at the transition altitude of 18,000′. The transition altitude around the world, however, varies from country to country, and sometimes even within a country. Knowing the importance of QNE, QNH, and QFE is an important start, but as you embark on international flights you will also need to know the specific points at which you should change your altimeter settings. In this assignment you’ll have the opportunity to find out the transition altitudes for destinations around the world. You will need to know how to find this information to be sure your approaches are at the correct altitude for a safe landing.


Use the Internet to research the following airports:

  • Paris Charles de Gaulle (LFPG)
  • London Gatwick (EGKK)
  • Liverpool (EGGP)
  • Frankfurt International Airport (EDDF)
  • Stockholm-Skavsta Airport (ESKN)
  • Narita International Airport (RJAA)

Prepare a document that lists the following information for each airport:

  • Transition altitude
  • ATIS frequency
  • Source of your information

Respond to the following questions in 2-3 paragraphs:

  • Why would different areas of the world use different transition altitudes?
  • What hazards are associated with varying transition levels and transition altitudes?
  • What will you do prior to an international flight to address these hazards?


Your assignment will be graded according to the following rubric:

  • 18 Points – Each airport has the correct transition altitude, ATIS frequency, and an appropriate source listed. You will receive 1 point for each piece of correct information, for a possible total of 18 points.
  • 12 Points – You have thoughtfully responded to each of the questions above; up to 4 points will be awarded per question for a possible total of 12 points.
  • 30 Points Total

Your paper should be submitted as a Word Doc or as a PDF. The paper should be uploaded by the due date. Late assignments will not be accepted!