# Minimums

Flyguy41983 First Officer

On the GPWS what does the term "Minimums" refer to? I have heard it is this video and many others http://www.flightlevel350.com/Aircraft_Airbus_A300-600-Airline_Qatar_Airways_Aviation_Video-8074.html
(The landing in this video is so smooth you cant even tell they have landed until you hear the reversers) but any way what does that term mean?

VegasFlyer Chief Captain

Minimums is when aircraft goes below 500ft, GPWS announces minimums and counts down the height, 400, 300, 200, 100.

Flyguy41983 First Officer

Thank you for the meaning VegasFlyer and it is an excellent landing!

VegasFlyer Chief Captain

Flyguy41983 wrote:

Thank you for the meaning VegasFlyer and it is an excellent landing!

Yeah, very nice one!

CRJCapt Chief Captain

Actually "Minimums" is a value set by the pilot for each approach that represents the minimum altitude that you are allowed to descend without visual contact with the runway environment. It can be a MSL altitude or an altitude above the surface(radar altitude)if a CAT III ILS is being flown. It's set by a readout on the PFD especially for this value. When this altitude is reached, you hear "Minimums" as a reminder that you've reached approach minimums. Normally this value is 200 feet for a normal ILS.

Flyguy41983 First Officer

Thank you CrjCapt
That sounds more reasonable

VegasFlyer Chief Captain

CRJCapt wrote:

Actually "Minimums" is a value set by the pilot for each approach that represents the minimum altitude that you are allowed to descend without visual contact with the runway environment. It can be a MSL altitude or an altitude above the surface(radar altitude)if a CAT III ILS is being flown. It's set by a readout on the PFD especially for this value. When this altitude is reached, you hear "Minimums" as a reminder that you've reached approach minimums. Normally this value is 200 feet for a normal ILS.

I've been wondering where you were on this one CRJ. Now, I 'm releaved that you've answered this question as it is supposed to be answered. I guess I got it totally wrong.

CRJCapt Chief Captain

VegasFlyer,
Thanks, you're doing fine. I've got your back, just glad to help.

VegasFlyer Chief Captain

CRJCapt wrote:

VegasFlyer,
Thanks, you're doing fine. I've got your back, just glad to help.

That's nice to know. Thnx CRJ

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