2020-09-18

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 HK101Latitude: 54.389189 Longitude: 10.270061
Waypoint ONBIGLatitude: 47.126111 Longitude: -55.308889
Waypoint AMOLOLatitude: 43.828056 Longitude: 2.578889
Waypoint SP103Latitude: 7.984256 Longitude: 98.141783
Waypoint SAMMILatitude: 22.466667 Longitude: 115.961667
Waypoint HADRILatitude: 45.622222 Longitude: -67.045556
Waypoint MUSTALatitude: -33.896667 Longitude: 149.755000
Waypoint BORLULatitude: -39.195639 Longitude: 174.960419