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I am important for flight,

my anagram will affect your sunlight.

My abbreviation is used to modify,

else you would not be able to write Phi.

What am I?

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Could it be

Altitude? It's important for flight,

It's an anagram for

"Latitude" which affects the length of the day ie. sunlight

Its abbreviation

"Alt" like alter or alt on a keyboard.

Not sure about this-

but perhaps Phi is a reference to Geopotential Height which is represented by the greek letter Phi. It could also be that in order to create the letter phi on the computer, you need to press ALT-232 (uppercase) or ALT-237 (lowercase).

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  • $\begingroup$ You just need an explanation for that last line. Also, please use spoiler tags as to not spoil the answer for other users. $\endgroup$ – casey Aug 30 '18 at 13:19
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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to Puzzling.SE! Great answer, I think this is it! :D Spoiler tags are given by >! The last line is rot13(Va beqre gb perngr gur yrggre cuv ba gur pbzchgre, lbh arrq gb cerff NYG-232 (hccrepnfr) be NYG-237 (ybjrepnfr).) Note that to decode this, you'll need to go to rot13.com. $\endgroup$ – El-Guest Aug 30 '18 at 13:21
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    $\begingroup$ Hey I think the last line is rot13(jvgubhg gur nyg xrl, nf tvira va nooerivngvba, lbh pnaabg glcr cuv, juvpu vf nyg 237) $\endgroup$ – jwi Aug 30 '18 at 13:23
  • $\begingroup$ oh shoot LOL too slow $\endgroup$ – jwi Aug 30 '18 at 13:23
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks! I'm new here so sorry about the lack of spoiler tags, I didn't know how to make them. $\endgroup$ – WillyWoo Aug 30 '18 at 13:23
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This is probably not correct, but it could be a

stop

I am important for flight,

Well, it's important for a flight to stop. If you don't believe me, listen to George Carlin :D

my anagram will affect your sunlight.

a spot? Maybe on glasses or on your eye, god forbid

My abbreviation is used to modify,

s.t. - "such that"

else you would not be able to write Phi.

Nope... I got nothing.

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Also probably not correct, but

Lifter

I am important for flight,

Lifters sound important to fly. Wonder if there is such a thing.

my anagram will affect your sunlight.

Filter

My abbreviation is used to modify,

the L you say?

else you would not be able to write Phi.

well a lowercase l could be the line in ϕ

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