2021-03-06

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 MIRSOLatitude: 46.475986 Longitude: 15.841981
Waypoint VIMTILatitude: 49.727278 Longitude: -103.851930
Waypoint DAPSALatitude: 2.293833 Longitude: -60.318667
Waypoint DM058Latitude: 48.316803 Longitude: 11.426458
Waypoint ANOKOLatitude: 7.138583 Longitude: 94.413489
Waypoint ARADOLatitude: 24.026778 Longitude: 73.719806
Waypoint ZV602Latitude: 59.007161 Longitude: 5.345936
Waypoint DUMETLatitude: 31.361667 Longitude: 122.775000