2020-09-20

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 LOSOCLatitude: 36.149136 Longitude: 133.239650
Waypoint NIKOOLatitude: 45.466667 Longitude: -73.620278
Waypoint METMOLatitude: 55.423678 Longitude: -111.855430
Waypoint ATBUGLatitude: 40.990000 Longitude: 104.433333
Waypoint URERILatitude: -33.041111 Longitude: -68.795833
Waypoint VERIGLatitude: 47.172222 Longitude: 21.724722
Waypoint DF151Latitude: 50.057586 Longitude: 8.843600
Waypoint SOLAGLatitude: 25.094597 Longitude: 56.370806