2020-07-03

Aviation Waypoints

What is a waypoint?

In aviation, a waypoint is a predetermined geographical position that is defined in terms of latitude/longitude coordinates (altitude is ignored). Waypoints may be a simple named point in space or may be associated with existing navigational aids, intersections, or fixes.

Waypoints used in aviation are given five-letter names. These names are meant to be pronounceable or have a mnemonic value, so that they may easily be conveyed by voice. In some cases the names correspond to a notable feature or landmark in the area (for example, a waypoint near Newton, Iowa has the name "MATAG"; Newton was the birthplace of the appliance manufacturer Maytag).

Selected aviation waypoints

Waypoint ULGABLatitude: 55.615412 Longitude: -110.582484
Waypoint VADEMLatitude: 46.721667 Longitude: 6.483611
Waypoint IKNOTLatitude: 63.601944 Longitude: -110.701111
Waypoint TANENLatitude: -40.507472 Longitude: 170.557383
Waypoint ANETILatitude: 71.333333 Longitude: 27.597500
Waypoint GIVENLatitude: -12.423333 Longitude: 130.645000
Waypoint BH439Latitude: 54.336631 Longitude: 12.977828
Waypoint ILEBALatitude: 50.504554 Longitude: -111.752098