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Altitude Critical Areas are pilot-defined blocks of airspace where actions should be limited to only those necessary to safely complete that phase of flight.  Generally an ACA is any airspace within 1000 feet of the ground or the initial altitude of an instrument approach, and in the last 1000 feet of climb or descent before leveling off.  Evoke the “sterile cockpit rule” and minimize distractions in an Altitude Critical Area.

For an audio description of the ACA technique listen to Aero-Craft #005, in the Podcasts section of the Aero-News Network.

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