2019-08-20

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 ILETILatitude: 68.804444 Longitude: -96.091667
Waypoint BOXABLatitude: 43.951339 Longitude: -66.265186
Waypoint MOGORLatitude: 67.195608 Longitude: -126.186562
Waypoint TAGOXLatitude: 51.242778 Longitude: -0.635000
Waypoint YACHILatitude: 40.490400 Longitude: 140.668047
Waypoint MAH06Latitude: 48.317542 Longitude: 11.437819
Waypoint DR106Latitude: 49.278067 Longitude: 7.097606
Waypoint BASUMLatitude: 52.771990 Longitude: 8.788540