2021-10-24

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 MX020Latitude: 48.213200 Longitude: 11.671133
Waypoint PASVALatitude: 6.258056 Longitude: 102.075278
Waypoint ELVELLatitude: 51.000000 Longitude: -90.000000
Waypoint AMRAKLatitude: 54.824444 Longitude: 9.750556
Waypoint RW09LLatitude: 52.468244 Longitude: 9.652692
Waypoint NUDIXLatitude: 58.524444 Longitude: -94.436389
Waypoint SETGOLatitude: 45.267926 Longitude: -81.604087
Waypoint TOMUKLatitude: 38.715000 Longitude: 124.000000